Part Five into Fifth month of 2014 and Eighth month since Eastern liftserved skiing first started last October at Killington over seven months ago and a few ski areas are looking to carrying the season for one or more weekends.
The great Spring season of 2014 continues and the usual players are still spinning. The Eastern ski geography is now down to Quebec and New England. The three Quebec ski areas will be closed midweek, however three New England ski areas (Jay, Kmart and Loaf) will be running daily. For these three ski areas plus the two other potential weekend US areas; they are a much shorter drive to get to for the majority of Quebecers than Rimouski’s Mont Comi who was almost at 100% open on natural snow last weekend.
Unfortunately for other remote ski areas like Le Valinouet, Mont Miller, Val d’Irène or Smokey in Labrador…they still had tons of snow, but the population base isn’t there.
So here is this week’s list: Quebec’s Mont Sutton and Mont Comi haven’t open in May since Ski Mad World has been keeping track of the late season closings back in 2006. Wildcat has been only been to May once. The five others (Jay, Bush, Kmart, Loaf and MSS) have made it more than half the years. If you look at the previous years names below, it is always the same five names that you tend to see.
As of Monday morning, only three ski areas are open daily and three of the eight ski areas hoping to open next weekend are tentative. Only three ski areas have also talked about adding at least a second May weekend. Of course, this can change extremely fast, so check at the ski areas to confirm before making the drive.
8 6 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Mont Comi QC – May 4 (weekend only)
Mont St-Sauveur QC – May 11 (weekend only)
Mont Sutton QC – May 3 (tentative Saturday only)***
Jay Peak VT – May 11 (daily)
Killington VT – TBD (daily)
Sugarbush VT – May 4 (
tentative weekend only)**
Sugarloaf ME – May 4 (daily)
Wildcat NH – May 4 (tentative weekend only)*
* Update May 1, 8:30am:
First word from one of the three tentatives for the weekend. Weather is pretty wet for the next few days. Wildcat will not reopen this weekend and are done for the season. News (spin or not) on Sugarbush and Sutton might happen later today.
** Update May 1, 2:45pm:
Sugarbush is going to be open. $50 includes a round of golf.
*** Update May 2, 12:00pm:
Forecast rain is making it difficult. Mont Sutton just announced that they will not reopen due to the forecast and calling it a season. Their last day was April 21.
This is what was happening at the same time in previous years:
2013 : 4 (Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS)
2012 : 1 (MSS)
2011 : 7 (Jay, Killington, Saddleback, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Miller & MSS)
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)
Go skiing…not many liftserved options left in the East.
Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2
Late Easter, Late Spring, Late Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 3
The Day After Easter Monday – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part4