Nothing can be taken for granted this time of the season: despite deep snow at the last two ski resorts still running lifts in the East, the end is near. Amazing May skiing was had by all you did, like the sun and the warm weather, showed up on the first part of the weekend.
The situation wasn’t so sunny on Sunday, let’s just say that it rained on the ski resort Spring day parade. As common this time of the season, MSS didn’t bother opening when few would bother buying lift tickets in the wet & cold May day. Some flurries even fell over the Great White North. Meanwhile south of the border, Killington spun for a few diehards “wet” skiers. Snow isn’t going to melt much in the first few days this week, as freezing (or close to freezing temps) are forecasted overnight.
As it stands now, MSS & Killington last days so far is respectively May 7 & 8. This is pretty respectable on a terrible snow year. If you look at the past decade, half of the time the season would have been over, but to have two ski resorts still considering to open next weekend is awesome. The only thing that isn’t awesome now is the forecast outlook for this coming weekend; Friday-Sunday is still a few days away, but with the current forecast, it will be hard to work on your tan.
Frequency of number of ski areas spinning into mid May since 2006:
2 ski areas : 4 times (Kmart and MSS)
1 ski area : 2 times (MSS only)
0 ski areas : 6 times
Two are left: Killington and St-Sauveur.
The same pair closing out the season again. After over 200 days after opening the Eastern ski season on October 18 & 19 respectively, with Sunday River joining the pair, they are duelling it out for until the end.
Duelling areas, here is the respective closing dates for MSS and Kmart since Killington returned to their last to close tradition. These two areas have been the only ski areas in the East to open this late in the last decade and have been the last two standing for the last three years.
LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0
Killington will be down to Superstar and MSS will have Hill 70 and Nordique might still be open next weekend. Same schedule as last weekend. As for the possibility to extend further towards the following weekend on a number of factors: a) MSS need to get their Summer park ready by modifying their lift. Sign mentioned an May 21 opening. MSS has extended their season by an extra weekend after mentioning it was their last weekend; b) Snowdepth and now Thin are the resorts willing to go; c) Now Deep our their pockets or how Thin is their bank account. 2015-16 has been a difficult season for Eastern Ski Resorts. All this being said, this might be or not be the last ski weekend in the East. MSS might extend, Kmart might call it a season, all scenarios are possible with these two players.
An important note to remember, this information can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, prices, deals, trails, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.
Mont St-Sauveur QC – May
15 23 (weekend only)*
Lift : L’étoile
Trail : Hill 70, Nordique
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $20CDN for 2 hours / $28CDN for 4 hours / $32CDN full day lift tickets (plus taxes)
Killington VT – TBD (Fri-Sun only)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am on Friday) to 4pm (5pm on Saturday)
Cost : $58US lift tickets – 50% with pass from another mountain.
*UPDATE: Thursday afternoon confirmations. Killington and St-Sauveur are schedule to be open, however for MSS, better confirm as forecast calls for r*in and they might not open. HOWEVER MSS as mentioned in this post earlier this week, MSS is adding Victoria Day weekend to their season. New Closing Date: Monday May 23.
Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 posts:
Let’s move Past EASTer & Go Easterner – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Part 1
Freeze Frame – Eastern Closing Thread 2015-16 – semaine 2
Monday, Monday…Eastern Closing 2016 Update – Week 3
The best of Spring Skiing – Eastern Closing 2016 – Week 4
May continue skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 5
Dual May Days for Mothers’ Day – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 6