Open: MAY FIVE – FOUR SURE!!!
*UPDATE (May 1) : In the middle of a warm spell with temps near 70 all week; Jay Peak just announced that their tentative opening wasn’t going to happen. Sugarbush is saying that they will open, weather permitting. Nothing is sure when its late in the season. Killington mentioned a date for June, the 2nd.
**UPDATE (May 4) : Sugarloaf’s last day is May 5. Sugarbush isn’t opening on Sunday.
May 5, 2013 will be the end of a few ski areas; some will go further. How long? No one knows for sure.
In the meantime, midweek operation is now only limited to Mt St-Sauveur and Killington, while the three remaining ski area are looking to open next week. Actually it would seem that Jay Peak is the only tentative for the first weekend of May.
A good Winter and cold Spring was helped extends the season to many areas. Great skiing options out there, with spinning lifts or earn your turns from closed ski areas to classic backcountry mecca like the Mount Washington and the Chic Chocs.
The three ski areas that pulled the plug last weekend:
– Mont Sutton QC: opened for Saturday due to popular demand.
– Mont Miller QC: the remote area didn’t spin the last two weekend due to weather conditions, although most of their terrain would have been open this weekend (16 out of 22 trails).
– Blue Mountain ON: the Intrawest area from Collingwood milked it till the end.
Is this Spring exceptional for number of ski areas looking to spin in May? St-Sauveur was the only one left lastMay, the previous season they were seven. All the same players as this season plus Mont Miller and Saddleback.
LIST OF 4* SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Jay VT – May 5 (weekend only tentative)*
Sugarbush VT – May
5 4 (weekend only)(tentative*)**
Sugarloaf ME – May
12 5 (weekend only – tentative date)**
St-Sauveur QC – May 12 – daily this week
Killington VT – June 2* (tentative) – daily until May 5
– Jay has great specials combining lodging and/or waterpark.– MSS is $20 a lift ticket.
– Sugarbush will be FREE. They be asking for small donations to help preserve the iconic Bragg Farm in Fayston.
Here was the status of what was happening at the same time in previous years:
2012 : 1
2011 : 7
2010 : 3 (Jay, Sugarloaf & MSS)
2009 : 5 (Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS)
2008 : 4 (Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS)
2007 : 4 (Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat & MSS)
2006 : 2 (Bretton Woods & Killington)
So as you can see, 5 isn’t out of the ordinary. Average ski areas opening in May in the East has been 3.75.
7 ski areas : 1 time
5 ski areas : 2 times
4 ski areas : 2 times
3 or less ski areas : twice including last May.
Next week’s post will get more interesting and maybe touchy like who can be called the King of Spring? And how late can will it go?
Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2013 posts:
Go skiing this weekend!!! – Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13 – Part 1
Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13 – Part 2
Start of Spring Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13 : Part 3
Full Spring – Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13 Part 4