Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Ski chatter’ Category

The Eastern skiing season (lift assisted and a lot of earned turn areas) ended all within one week of each other. All Eastern ski area closed on the same weekend, March 14-15, the remaining ski areas within a few days with Kamiskotia (Northern Ontario) being the last on March 19. The last holdouts in North America closed within the next week on March 26. 

Many we hoping to reopen, all except a handful didn’t, but none in the East.

We found out last week that Killington decided it was better not to reopen. Sommet Saint-Sauveur was hoping to get permission from the Quebec authorities as parts of the province are reopening, the green light for skiing never came.

Like in the East this week, the California weather probably sealed the faith of Mammoth and Squaw hopeful skiers.

Whistler announced on June 1st, that they won’t open this Summer for skiing on Horstman glacier.

Beartooth Basin (Montana) has made a few changes to deal with the pandemic, including moving the opening date to June 1and limit to 80 daily lift tickets for the general public. The summer ski area is planning to open until July 5.

The news isn’t all negative, Crystal Mountain (Washington) reopened for June 1. Skiing on the Green Valley chair’s 1000’ of fun upper terrain. Unfortunately the warm weather won’t permit them to open for skiing beyond this Sunday June 7. As for the other ski areas that have reopened, they are limited lift tickets and reservations are required and  

Arapahoe Basin (Colorado) which opened on May 27 also just announced the latest heat is forcing them to closed for the season also on Sunday June 7.

Timberline Lodge (Oregon) is still planning to continue it’s summer skiing season which generally ends on Labour Day Monday in September. 

Post-Lockdown openings:

Mont Baldy (California): April 22 to May 3

Mount Bachelor (Oregon): May 16 to May 24

Arapahoe Basin (Colorado): May 27 to June 7

Crystal Mountain (Washington): June 1 to June 7

Beartooth Basin (Montana): June 1 to July 5 (tentative)

Timberline Lodge (Oregon): May 15 to September 6 (tentative)

Didn’t reopen despite desire to:

Sommet Saint-Sauveur (Québec)

Kiilington (Vermont)

Snowbird (Utah)

Whistler-Blackcomb (British Columbia)

International situation is fluctuating. More on the next post (again).

Read Full Post »

Killington and Snowbird: no go

Some Eastern skiers’ hope were squashed early this week when Killington (Vermont) announced that they wouldn’t reopen for skiing this season. Although Superstar artificial Glacier is still deep, they announced last Monday that the fact Kmart would be the only “shop in town” in the Northeast, and similar to Snowbird’s (Utah) announcement a few days prior, an opening for skiing would create a dilemma for overcrowding and challenges on social distancing. To complicate matters, Vermont requires 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving from out of state. Killington’s President and GS Mike Solimano talked about the challenges that opening for skiing would create for the resort and making everyone respect the state’s guidelines. Killington will be opening other outdoor activities, unlike skiing the fact that other places now offer golf or mountain biking in the East would lessen K attraction powers.

Even if they closed in mid-March, Killington will likely (see below) offer the longest season in the East with 133 ski days starting November 3 and ending like many North American ski areas, March 15. A ski season cut short by 78 days compare from the incredibly long 2018-19 season. Based on Ski Mad World’s personal data, Killington never ended their season in March, furthermore this was only the 7th time that the resort didn’t offer May or June closing dates since the days of the NHL’s original Six also known as the last year the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup (1967).

St-Sauveur and Arapahoe Basin: waiting for the green light

Elsewhere in the East, but North of the border in Canada, there is always Saint-Sauveur. MSS is always one of the top ski resorts for length of ski season in Canada (without glacier) and the East. Like Killington, MSS suspended their season on the same day March 15. Always first to open in Quebec, Mont St-Sauveur opened on November 8; five months to the day, from the end of their record ending ski season with skiing and waterpark activities on June 8, 2019.

Like for Arapahoe Basin (Colorado) which opens tomorrow to the public (more below), Mont St-Sauveur is waiting for the green light from Government authorities.

Anyway, just to let you know we’re ready. YES, if we have the OK from the government authorities and the Gouvernement du Québec, we will open for skiing one last time. This is our greatest desire. Because we are finished crazy in our sport. And as long as there’s snow, we’ll want to ski!

Not sure if the government will response on time? Tomorrow is another hot day with 33c (91F) for St-Sauveur. Quebec and Montreal in particular is Canada Covid-19 epicentre, I imagine that reopening outdoor activities is being carefully examined, but like it’s almost Summer, one ski day at one ski area is very far on the Quebec government list of priorities. With this heatwave, time is running out snow, time is running out on hope.

Anyone else?

YES: Late Summer only ski area Beartooth Basin (Montana) is schedule to open pretty more on schedule on May 30 until July 5. Website info.

MAYBE: Whistler-Blackcomb (British Columbia) normally opens for Summer skiing in early June. An announcement was recently made that they are hoping to open for Summer activities (including skiing) at end of June or early July. They are closely following guidelines issued by the provincial health authorities. British Columbia has slowly started to reopen, but travel outside the residents local areas is still not recommended

NO WORD: Still no word from last year’s July closing California ski resort: Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley.

Canada has extended it closed border to all non-essential travel with the US until June 21.

Open Skiing New Challenges – Part 1

As skiing in Summer wasn’t hard enough, the pandemic has added a series of new challenges. The new factor is to open, but making safe by limiting the risk of contagion: number one is limiting lift tickets sales and enforcing social distancing. Mount Bachelor (Oregon) who closed on Sunday May 24, reopened for one week uniquely limited to passholders. Timberline Lodge (Oregon) and A-Basin (Colorado) is limiting lift tickets sells via the internet one day at a time. Arapahoe is opening tomorrow Wednesday May 27 and the website crashed; tomorrow tickets are going to be drawn.

Here is quick summary of new guidelines for Timberline Lodge and Arapahoe Basin:

  • Need to have reservation/lift ticket prior to arriving.
  • Tailgating is strictly prohibited.
  • Mask/Face Covering in designated areas or when you can’t maintain physical distancing.
  • Only visit with members of your household
  • Please stay home if you are sick or are considered high risk.

Open Skiing New Challenges – Part 2

As I often mentioned in the past, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere. The pandemic didn’t manage to shutdown all lift assisted skiing so far, it came very close. There was always at least one ski area open on any given day. As resorts were closing in North America and most of Europe, Chinese ski area were reopening after a two-month shutdown.

The biggest challenge facing the ski racers and ski round skiers are the many travel restrictions. A good example are the numerous closed borders or/and quarantine requirements like the Canada-US is restricted to essential travel until June 21 (possibly extended).

This blog post is getting a bit long, so I better post now. The travel and border situation are constantly changing, so the rundown is a bit challenging. In the next blog post I’ll try to look at the current Global skiing situation. Until then, stay safe.

Read Full Post »

Life, you can’t never take anything for granted.

Although there was no April skiing in the East (with the assistance of lifts) which might have been a first since the days of the invention Alex Foster’s created the ropetow in the Laurentians back in 1931.

No liftserved skiing in the East, only Mount Baldy (California) in North America would reopen for a few days at the end of April. Baldy has closed since May 3rd, but other ski areas will be offering May skiing soon.

East

Will something open in the East? There are really only two candidates that normally still be open:
Mont St-Sauveur (Québec)
Killington (Vermont)

Vermont has just started allowing individual recreational activities and Vermonters are no longer obliged to stay close to their home. However anyone that has travelled outside Vermont are obliged to be quarantined for 14-days prior to pursuing any activities.

As of May 20, Quebec is giving the green light for individual sports. The plug was already pulled on the AKAMP ski camp at the end of June. Will St-Sauveur consider reopening for skiing if given the green light. The Quebec border is also closed to all non-essential travel and Canada has also extended it closed border to all non-essential travel with the US until June 21.

((*
*))
((*

West

A few ski areas are open/reopening this month as a few states are moving to slowly reopen. Below is a rundown from the current situation.

Scheduled to Open

May 15 to potentially September:
Timberline Lodge on Mount Hood (Oregon) opened today Friday May 15. Their season normally ends in September’s Labour Day weekend. Limited operation, limited lift passes and can only be bought online only less that 24 hours in advance. Details here.

May 16 to May 24:
Mount Bachelor (Oregon) is giving their passholders one final week of Spring skiing. No lift tickets sold. Details here.

Late Summer only ski area Beartooth Basin (Montana) is schedule to open pretty more on schedule on May 30 until July 5. Website info.

Hoping to Reopen

Arapahoe Basin (Colorado): Colorado under an executive under by the state Governor. The current order is until May 23. They are hoping to be able to reopen at one point, but that won’t happen until health and snow conditions are safe. Details here.

Not Reopening

Snowbird (Utah): The ski season has often reached July, however the ski resort will remain closed due to health and safety concerns. Uphill ski access is now permitted. Details here.

We exhausted every possible method of re-opening for skiing and riding. However, based on other resorts remaining closed and the population center right here in the Wasatch Front alone, there is no way we could mitigate the potential of being overrun and creating an unsafe situation.

Unclear Situation

Uncertain

Mammoth Mountain and Squaw Valley (California):

Last season Mammoth and Squaw ended their season into July. This year both suspended operations on March 14. No word if Mammoth and/or Squaw will be permitted to open for skiing soon. Each US states are managing the lockdown/Stay at Home orders according to the pandemic situation in their state. California’s health orders varies at the county level.

Whistler-Blackcomb (British Columbia):

Over 30 years Blackcomb’s Horstman Glacier has offered some Summer skiing in June and July. The season generally would be from something like June 6 to July 12 or 19. British Columbia has slowly started to reopen, but travel outside the residents local areas isn’t recommended at this time. Whistler has determined when or if the Summer season will happen. They are closely following guidelines issued by the provincial health authorities. Canada has extended it closed border to all non-essential travel with the US until June 21.

 
Next blog post will look will also look at the current Global skiing situation. Until then, stay safe.

Ski Mad World’s previous Eastern Closing 2020 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2020: Pandemic – Part 1
Eastern Closing Thread 2020 – May we ski? – Part 2

Read Full Post »

As life, you can’t never take anything for granted. I’m pretty sure this is the first time that no April skiing has been offered in the East. Normally May skiing is almost a sure bet, but not in a weird environment of living in an pandemic. Nothing is certain.

All liftserved skiing in East North America was shutdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic within one week in mid-March. All Alterra, Epic and province of Quebec ski areas closed on the weekend of March 14-15

A handful of areas remained open passed Sunday March 15. The last ski areas with lift served skiing to shutdown the lifts were:

March 17:
Smokey (Labrador City, Newfoundland & Labrador)
McCauley and Greek Peak (New York)
Sunapee (New Hampshire)
Smuggs* (Vermont)
March 18:
Bretton Woods*, Cannon, Gunstock and Waterville (New Hampshire)
Tuonela (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia) – trails open longer.
March 19:
Kamiskotia (Northern Ontario)

All Eastern Canada ski areas that were still open were fairly remote; Northern Ontario’s Kamiskotia being the last to open. The New York and New Hampshire shutdown with state government orders.

This is the first time that they have been virtually no skiing happening in North America, in fact there have been so little ski areas globally open as many European as well as Asian countries have been shutdown.

Below Open Eastern ski areas comparison previous years for April

2020: 0
2019: 137 / 61
2018: 158 / 78
2017 : 153 / 70
2016 : 76 / 19
2015^: 82 / 38 (2nd weekend of April)
2014^: : 89 / 35 (2nd weekend of April)
2013 : 107 / 48
2012 : 29 / 11

I generally say that the ski season is never over; it’s only moves elsewhere. For lift served skiing in North America, there is generally at least one place where you can ski from mid-late October to early September, but obvious not the case under the pandemic.

We are in unprecedented times, like in the East, the Western ski areas to closed down a few days apart. The last North American holdouts to closure finally closed about one week later between March 24-26; Powder King (British Columbia), Teton Pass area (Montana), Lookout (Idaho/Montana) and 49 Degrees North (Washington).

Earned turns has also been restricted in many jurisdictions. Ski hills sometimes enforcing non-access to their hills with security guards; states/provincials parks like Mount Washington and Parc de la Gaspésie shutdown earlier in March/April due to wide attractions of snow addicted pleasure seekers.

Reopening?

As parts of North America is slowly reopening under certain conditions, only one ski area has offered skiing since the big shutdown. Having shutdown on March 22, South California’s Mount Baldy reopened one month later, on April 22. The ski area taking its cue from the golf courses reopening in the county, they decided to reopen with social distancing access policies. The melting snow in that part of California has finally dealt a normal end of the season closing date, May 3rd.

Normally few North America ski areas are still operating. Will someone else reopen?
Colorado?
California?
Utah?
Montana?
Oregon?
British Columbia?
Vermont?
Quebec?

A recent May snowfall and freezing temperature have contributed in the snowpack to be at last mid-May’s level, a season that saw Killington and Sommet Saint-Sauveur offer skiing into June.

Only time will tell, but time is running out. And I’m not even talking about conditions, travel restrictions and closed borders.

A follow up blog post will be made regarding skiing possibilities in the next few days. Although the Akamp June/July ski camp at St-Sauveur’s Avila will not happen this season. I guess AKAMP 13th edition was bad luck.  With all this glum, I’ll end this post with a little hope. We will ski again. This May? June? Next season? Stay Safe so you can ski again whenever that will be.

snowstake-may122020.jpg

Snowdepth: 2019, 2020 and average comparison

Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

Below Open Eastern ski areas comparison previous years for May

Here is a quote from last season’s post; as I mentioned above, this season is unprecedented.

People always wonder; Where is their skiing in May? May skiing is greatly very possible even if you live in the East. Good year, bad year, for at least 45 years, they always been one ski area spinning their lift for the skiing public in May. This May will not be the exception, currently 6 ski areas are planning to spin, but as it is always this time of the season, you can’t take it granted.

Frequency of number of ski areas spinning in May

7 or more ski areas : 4 times
6 ski areas : 3 times
5 ski areas : 1 time
4 ski areas : 3 times
3 or less ski areas : 3 times.
1 ski area : once

Previous years:

Here was the status of what was happening at the same time in previous years.

Below Open Eastern ski areas comparison previous years for May
2020 : 0 ???
2019 : 6 / 2 – MSS, Killington, Sugarloaf, Jay, Sugarbush, Big Boulder
2018 : 9 / 2 – MSS, Killington, Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Whiteface, Big Boulder, Bristol, Craigleith
2017 :  6 / 3 – Killington, MSS, Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River
2016 :  7 / 1 – MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Comi
2015 : 9 / 2 – Killington, MSS, Jay, Miller, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Sugarbush, Sunday River, Wachusett
2014 : 6 / 3 – MSS, Killington, Jay, Comi, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf
2013 : 4 / 2 – Killington , MSS, Sugarloaf, Sugarbush
2012 : 1 / 0 – MSS
2011 : 7 / 2 – MSS, Jay, Sugarloaf, Miller, Sugarbush, Killington, Saddleback
2010 : 3 – MSS, Jay, Sugarloaf
2009 : 5 – Jay, MSS, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Killington
2008 : 4 – MSS, Sugarloaf, Jay, Sugarbush
2007 : 4 – Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat, MSS
2006 : 2 – Bretton Woods, Killington

Ski areas that have spinning in May since 2006 excluding this season:
First two are the only ski resort open pass May 15th

Mont St-Sauveur QC : 13 times (93%) – last 13 years in a row
Killington VT : 11 times (79%) – last 7 years

Sugarbush VT : 11 times (79%) – last 7 years
Sugarloaf ME : 11 times (79%) – last 7 years / 11 of the last 12 years
Jay VT : 10 times (71%) – last 6 years

Sunday River ME : 3 times (21%)
Miller QC : 2 times? (14%)
Big Boulder PA : 2 times? (14%)
Wildcat NH : 2 times (14%)
Comi QC : 2 times (14%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (7%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (7%)
Whiteface NY  : 1 time (7%)
Bristol NY : 1 time (7%)
Craigleith ON : 1 time (7%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (7%)

By Provinces/States:
Quebec : 13 times (93%)
Vermont : 13 times (93%)

Maine : 11 times (79%)
New Hampshire : 3 times (21%) if no lift are spinning, you can always ski on Mt Washington.
Pennsylvania : 2 times? (14%)
Massachusetts : 1 time (7%)
New York : 1 time (7%)
Ontario : 1 time (7%)

* Update: May 14, 2pm. Adding Smuggs and Bretton Woods to the list of late closures.

Ski Mad World’s previous Eastern Closing 2020 posts:
Eastern Closing Thread 2020: Pandemic – Part 1

Read Full Post »

As life, you can’t take any of it from granted.

I normally start my annual Closing Thread just prior to the first weekend in April. Needless to say, where are in extreme health crisis not seen since the Spanish Flu epidemic one hundred years ago. For most Canadians hockey fan, people might have heard that the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans was cancelled prior to the sixth and deciding game as many of the players were seriously ill. Canadians Hall of Famer Joe Hall would die a few days after.

Few of us would have thought in our wildest nightmares that Coronavirus would hit so fast and drastically change our lifes. It has often been said that “Skiing is not a sport, but a way of life”, but this is bigger than skiing. Needless to say that since I started keeping track of Eastern Closing days online back in 2006, nothing has ever came close to affect the ski industry (along with the health care, economy) this way. March 2012 was a terrible for many ski areas as a Winter Hating Heatwave ravage snowpacks across the East, but the scope of this was limited to one part of the Continent; the Pacific Northwest was having a great season and they would spin lifts until July. In addition to annual summer skiing at Timberline on Mt.Hood, skiing would be offered at Crystal Mountain and Mount Bachelor.

spring-2020.jpg

Snowdepth: 2012, 2020 and average comparison

Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

As bad as it was in 2012, they were roughly 29 ski areas that would have their lifts spin in the month of April. Last Spring skiing was amazing, at the start of April we still 137 ski areas still open. Killington and St-Sauveur would even offer us a few liftserved ski days into June.

On March 16, the Quebec Government ordered all ski hills closed for two weeks. Most of the Quebec ski areas had, at the time, suspended their operations for an indeterminate period. This announcement was preceded by Vail and Alterra resorts closures. This past weekend the Quebec government announced an extension to the shutdown of many activities until May 1st, which basically ends the Quebec ski season in all of Quebec areas. Some part remote parts of the East as elsewhere were still untouched by the pandemic.

Unfortunately the situation isn’t better elsewhere in the Ski World. Barriers are up, people are in lockdown, many ski areas are forbidden. For example in Quebec, Parc de la Gaspésie that covers most of the Chic Chocs are closed to limit travel and minimized individual risks for the Health facilities. This situation is happening in many parts of the  World. They aren’t many ski lifts running on the Globe today, the Tokyo Olympic games have been postponed one year and uncertain looms for the start of the Summer ski season in the Southern Hemisphere. Uncertainty for everyone involved.

Kamiskotia in Timmins (Ontario) and Smokey Mountain in Labrador City (Newfoundland and Labrador) were still planning to open last weekend, but the decision to close was made in conjunction with health authorities. Although remote, these ski areas didn’t want to attract skiers from infected areas down South. Smokey Mountain normally operates until late April, but what will the situation be in one month from now? The number of coronavirus cases is still increasing (475,000) and World epicentre of the crisis has more to the United States. The US has a surpassed Italy as the country most activate cases (64,000) and on pace to overtake China (81,000) as the country with the most cases within one week.

graph-corona.jpg
Source: Worldmeters: Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

To conclude on a more positive note, after the start of the lockdown in China in late January, the country is slowly reopening which includes reopening of indoor ski hills. Governments and people need to continue the fight until the new cases diminish and disappear. As long as the pandemic lives in one part of the World, our life will continue to be disrupted.

Normally I always finish with  “the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere”, but might not be the case this year.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US

2020: 1* / 0 no lifts
2019: 137 / 61
2018: 158 / 78
2017 : 153 / 70
2016 : 76 / 19
2015^: 82 / 38 (2nd weekend of April)
2014^: : 89 / 35 (2nd weekend of April)
2013 : 107 / 48
2012 : 29 / 11

You’ll find below an edited version of how the situation stood prior to the Quebec Government’s announcement last weekend. There is still snow left, but people aren’t being discouraged to travel and show up at the hills. Ski areas that have since announced that their season is now over has been crossed out. One cross-country telemark ski area is still open, but lodge, rope tow are all closed.

LIST OF 17 66 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING INTO APRIL
QUEBEC 0 49
Laurentians and Launaudière
Avalanche – Suspended March 15
Avila – Suspended March 15
Belle-Neige – Suspended March 15
Blanc – Suspended March 15
Chanteclerc – Suspended March 15
Garceau – Suspended March 15
Habitant – Suspended March 15
Montcalm – Suspended March 15
La Réserve – Suspended March 15
St-Sauveur – Suspended March 15
Tremblant – Suspended March 14
Val St-Côme – Suspended March 15
Vallée Bleue – Suspended March 15

Eastern Townships:
Pente à Neige – Suspended March 15
Apic – Suspended March 15
Gleason – Suspended March 15
Bromont – Suspended March 15
Orford – Suspended March 15
Owl’s Head – Suspended March 15
Sutton – Suspended March 15

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore
Chalco – Suspended March 14
Do-Mi-Ski – Suspended March 15
Édouard – Suspended March 15
Gallix – Suspended March 15
Grand Fonds – Suspended March 15
Lac Vert – Suspended March 15
La Tuque – Suspended March 15
Le Massif – Suspended March 15
Massif du Sud – Suspended March 15
Orignal – Suspended March 15
Le Relais – Suspended March 15
Ste-Anne – Suspended March 15
Stoneham – Suspended March 15
Tobo-Ski – Suspended March 15
Le Valinouet – Suspended March 15
Villa Saguenay – Suspended March 15

Gaspé Peninsula
Béchervaise – Suspended March 15
Biencourt – Suspended March 15
Cap Chat – Suspended March 15
Castor – Suspended March 15
Comi – Suspended March 15
Haute-Gaspésie – Suspended March 15
Miller – Suspended March 15
St-Mathieu – Suspended March 15
Val d’Irène – Suspended March 15

Outaouais and Abitibi
Camp Fortune – Suspended March 15
Cascades – Suspended March 15
Chilly – Suspended March 15
Ste-Marie – Suspended March 15
Vorlage – Suspended March 15
Kanasuta – Suspended March 15
Vidéo – Suspended March 15

ONTARIO : 0
Craigleith – Suspended March 15
Horseshoe – Suspended March 15
Kamiskotia – Suspended March 19
Trestle Ridge – Suspended March 14

NOVA SCOTIA : 1
Tuonela – Suspended March 18, trails still opens

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 0
Smokey – Suspended March 17

NEW YORK : 0
Labrador – Suspended March 15
Plattekill – Suspended March 15
Song – Suspended March 15

VERMONT : 0
Stratton – Suspended March 14
Sugarbush – Suspended March 14
Killington – Suspended March 14

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 0
Loon – Suspended March 15

MAINE : 0
Sugarloaf – Suspended March 15
Sunday River – Suspended March 15

PENNSYLVANIA : 0
Hidden Valley – Suspended March 15
Seven Springs – Suspended March 15

Read Full Post »

Not much has changed since this quote from last year’s first Eastern Closing Blog post:

The Ski Mad World blog has had enough difficulty time with its only contributor, but my skiing life as active ever. My life has been going through some challenges and my online presence on this blog or elsewhere has virtually non-existent over the last few seasons.

The first compilation is always the longest. Spring started in the Northern latitudes are the snowpack has never been so high in the first week of April since I started this annual Eastern Closing compilation back in 2006.

gendateplot.php.png

Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

DON’T BE A FOOL: GO SKIING

Many ski areas closed this past weekend, in fact own ski regions have cease operations (Southeast, Nova Scotia). A few ski areas are aiming for the late Easter closing…a handful are talking about May skiing.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US

2019: 137 / 61
2018: 158 / 78
2017 : 153 / 70
2016 : 76 / 19
2015^: 82 / 38 (2nd weekend of April)
2014^: : 89 / 35 (2nd weekend of April)
2013 : 107 / 48
2012 : 29 / 11

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

LIST OF 137 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING INTO APRIL

QUEBEC 55
Laurentians and Launaudière
Gabriel – April 7 ? (weekend only)***
Morin Heights – April 7 ? (weekend only)***
Olympia – April 7 ? (weekend only)***
Avalanche – April 7 (weekend only)
Montcalm – April 7 (weekend only)
Habitant – April 7
Chanteclerc – April 13 (weekend only)
Avila – April 14 (weekend only after April 7)
Garceau – April 14 (weekend only)
La Réserve – April 14 (weekend only)
Val St-Côme – April 14 (weekend only)
Belle-Neige – April 15 (Thursday-Sunday only)
Blanc – April 21 (tentative – weekend only after April 7)
Tremblant – April 22
Vallée Bleue – April TBD (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 20

Eastern Townships:
Adstock – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
Rigaud – April 7 (weekend only)
Bromont – TBD
Orford – TBD
Owl’s Head – April 14 TBD **
Sutton – TBD

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore
Gallix – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
Ti-Basse – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
Orignal – April 7 (weekend only)
Gleason – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
St-Raymond – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
Vallée du Parc – April 7?
Lac Vert – April 13
Grand Fonds – April 14 (weekend only)
Tobo-Ski – April 14 (weekend only)
Stoneham – April 14
Le Relais – April (TBD)
Édouard – April 21 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Massif – April 21
Ste-Anne – April 22
Le Valinouet – April 28 (tentative)
Massif du Sud – May 5 (tentative Friday-Monday only)

Gaspé Peninsula
Cap Chat – April TBD (weekend only)
Pin-Rouge – April 7 (weekend only)
Béchervaise – April 14 (Friday-Sunday only)
Castor – April 14 (Wednesday, Friday-Sunday only)
St-Mathieu – April 20 (Thursday-Sunday then weekends only)
Val d’Irène – April 22 (Friday-Sunday only)
Comi – April 28 (tentative Wednesday-Sunday only)
Miller – TBD April (weekend only)

Outaouais
Chilly – April TBD (weekend only)
Cascades – April 7 or more (weekend only)
Edelweiss – April 7 (Friday-Saturday-Sunday only)***
Ste-Marie – April 7 or more
Vorlage – April 7 (weekend only)
Camp Fortune – April 21

North (Abitibi and Chibougamau)
Kanasuta – April 14 (weekend only)
Chalco – April 20 (tentative – weekend only)
Vidéo – April 21 (tentative – Wed, Fri-Sun only)

ONTARIO : 16
Hidden Valley – April 1
Bear Valley – NA
Craigleith – NA (weekend only)
Devil’s Glen – NA
Calabogie Peaks – April 5
Antoine – April 6 (Saturday only)
Baldy – April 6 (Saturday only)
Caledon – April 7 (tentative – weekend only) ****
Dufour – April 7 or more (weekend only)
Kamiskotia – April 7 (weekend only)
Laurentian – April 7 (weekend only)
Trestle Ridge – April 7 (weekend only)
Boogie – April 7 (Tuesday night and weekend only)
Searchmont – April 14 (tentative Friday-Sunday only)
Blue – April 22
Loch Lomond – latest as possible (Friday-Sunday only)

NEW BRUNSWICK : 2
Crabbe – April 7 (Thursday-Saturday only)
Farlagne – April 7

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 3
White Hills – April 7 (Thursday-Sunday only)
Marble – April 7
Smokey – late April (Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 14 17 ****
Belleayre – April 14 (tentative)
Bristol – April 7
Catamount – April 7 (tentative weekend only) ****
Cazenovia – NA
Gore – April 14
Holiday Valley – April 14 (tentative)
Holimont – April 14 (tentative)
Hunter – April 7
McCauley – April 7 (weekend only)
Plattekill – April 7 (tentative – weekend only) ****
Royal – April 7 (weekend only)
Song – April 7 (Wednesday, tentative weekend only) ****
Titus – April 7 (tentative weekend only) ****
West Mountain – April 7 (Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 14 or more
Willard – April (possibly) ****
Woods Valley – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)

VERMONT : 16
Magic – April 7 (weekend only)
Middlebury – April 7 (weekend only)
Pico – April 7 (weekend only)
Bolton – April 7
Bromley – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
Mad River Glen – TBD at least April 14***
Okemo – April 14
Stratton – April 14
Burke – April 21
Smugglers – April 21
Snow – April 21
Stowe – April 21
Jay – May 5 (tentative)
Sugarbush – May 5 (tentative)
Killington – June (tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 11
Attitash – April 7 (April 1st then weekend only)
Cranmore – April 7 (tentative weekend only) ***
Gunstock – April 7
Ragged – April 7
Sunapee – April 7
Black – April 14
Cannon – April 14
Loon – April 14
Waterville – April 14
Bretton Woods – April 15
Wildcat – April 28 or more (tentative)

MAINE : 6
Shawnee Peak – April 6 1 (Saturday only)*
Bigrock – April 7 (Sunday only)
Big Squaw – April 7 (weekend only)
Black – April 7 (weekend only)
Sunday River – April 28 (tentative)
Sugarloaf – TBD

MASSACHUSETTS : 3 4 ****
Catamount – April 7 (tentative weekend only) ****
Berkshire East – April 7 (weekend only)
Jimmy Peak – April 7 (Friday-Sunday only)
Wachusett – April 7*** (Friday-Sunday only)

PENNSYLVANIA : 6
Blue Knob – April 1
Montage – April 6 (tentative – Saturday only) ****
Camelback – April 7
Hidden Valley – April 7 (weekend only)
Seven Springs – April 7 (weekend only)
Big Boulder – April TDB (weekend only)

NEW JERSEY : 1
Mountain Creek – April 7

* Update: April 1, 9:37pm
** Update: April 2, 11:17pm
*** Update: April 3, 8:30pm
**** Update: April 4, 9:00pm

Read Full Post »

Mont St-Sauveur and Killington going head-to-head again this season; Both are scheduled to close this weekend. Killington was hoping to renew with June skiing, but the warm May weather decided otherwise. They will only manage 2 days on their initial hopes for a 4-day skiing Memorial Day weekend. Mont St-Sauveur is still planning to open Saturday-Sunday this weekend, but plans changes fast when snow is melting faster.

GO SKIING!!!!

((*
*))
((*

LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0

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. MSS didn’t open two Sunday ago due to the rain and Killington closed at noon last Sunday, so call ahead.

St-Sauveur QC – May 27 (weekend Sunday only)
Trail : Hill 70
Lift : L’étoile
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $34.99CDN (plus taxes)

Killington VT – May 26 (Friday-Saturday only)
Trail : Superstar (walking might be required)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Time : 9am to 5pm on Friday & 8am to 5pm on Saturday)
Cost : $29US lift tickets.

((*
*))
((*

Often people ask me where can I find skiing in May? The answer isn’t far from home. I’ve listed below the 5 ski areas that have consistently closed in May (averaging a May closing date) since Spring 2006. Even if we had a weird season which gave us a strong thaw in late February, followed by an Miracle March snow wise and unSpring like April. The season is back on track with Spring skiing finally showing up in late April/May after many ski areas have already closed for the season.

Finding skiing in June is a bit more work and often further from home. Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere. I forgot to mentioned, it has just snowed in some New Zealand ski areas.

Previous years:
St-Sauveur, Québec
Average closing date May 13 (12/13 in May)

2006: April 30
2007: May 6
2008: May 11
2009: May 3
2010: May 2
2011: May 22
2012: May 6
2013: May 19
2014: May 19
2015: May 10
2016: May 23
2017: May 13
2018 tentative May 27

Killington, Vermont
Average closing date May 11 (10/13 in May/June)

2006: May 1
2007: May 6
2008: April 20
2009: May 2
2010: April 25
2011: May 1
2012: April 22
2013: May 26
2014: May 18
2015: May 25
2016: May 29
2017: June 1
2018 tentative May 26

Jay Peak, Vermont
Average closing date May 3 (9/13 in May)

2006: April 22
2007: April 28
2008: May 4
2009: May 3
2010: May 2
2011: May 15
2012: April 29
2013: April 28
2014: May 11
2015: May 3
2016: May 1
2017: May 1
2018: May 6

Sugarbush, Vermont
Average closing date May 1 (10/13 in May)

2006: April 30
2007: May 6
2008: May 4
2009: May 3
2010: April 18
2011: May 1
2012: April 8
2013: May 4
2014: May 4
2015: May 3
2016: May 1
2017: May 1
2018: May 6

Sugarloaf, Maine
Average closing date May 1 (10/13 in May)

2006: April 16
2007: April 29
2008: May 5
2009: May 4?
2010: May 3?
2011: May 9
2012: April 16
2013: May 5
2014: May 4
2015: May 3
2016: May 1
2017: May 1
2018: May 6

((*
*))
((*

Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington
2016: May 29 – Killington
2017: June 1 – Killington
2018: May 27 – MSS Killington on Saturday or on Sunday?

((*
*))
((*
List of Killington Seasons since 1966-67
*** 2012/2013 : Appreciation Day for one October weekend, reopened on November 5. K record states season as “October 13-15, Nov 5 – May 26”
** 2005/2006 : Open for one weekend after huge October storm, reopen on November 19. K record states season as “October 29-30, Nov 19 – May 1”
* 2008/09 : Nov. 2-6, Nov. 19-May 2

Season Open – Close / Total Snowfall / Ski Days
2017/2018 November 8 – May 26 / 233” / 187
2016/2017 October 25 – June 1 / 252” / 201
2015/2016 October 19 – May 29 / 81” / 189
2014/2015 November 3 – May 24 / 197” / 192
2013/2014 October 23 – May 18 / 196” / 199
2012/2013*** October 13 – May 26 / 208” / 195
2011/2012 October 29 – April 22 / 152” / 176
2010/2011 November 2 – May 1 / 263” / 179
2009/2010 November 7 – April 25 / 230” / 153
2008/2009** November 2 – May 2 / 283” / 169
2007/2008 November 16 – April 20 / 282” / 157
2006/2007 November 23 – May 6 / 294” / 165
2005/2006* October 29 – May 1 / 191” / 166
2004/2005 November 9 – May 15 / 206” / 188
2003/2004 November 10 – May 12 / 215” / 184
2002/2003 October 25 – May 26 / 291” / 204
2001/2002 November 6 – June 1 / 192” / 202
2000/2001 October 29 – May 27 / 316” / 202
1999/2000 October 25 – May 29 / 209” / 205
1998/1999 October 22 – May 25 / 186” / 204
1997/1998 October 1 – May 25 / 242” / 205
1996/1997 October 4 – June 22 / 301” / 233
1995/1996 October 17 – June 10 / 307” / 224
1994/1995 October 3 – June 4 / 182” / 214
1993/1994 October 1 – June 9 / 279” / 243
1992/1993 October 1 – June 1 / 300” / 229
1991/1992 October 21 – June 14 / 198” / 226
1990/1991 October 27 – May 28 / 206” / 214
1989/1990 October 10 – May 28 / 249” / 208
1988/1989 October 13 – May 21 / 202” / 211
1987/1988 October 12 – June 1 / 238” / 227
1986/1987 October 10 – June 3 / 233” / 224
1985/1986 October 1- June 3 / 198” / 224
1984/1985 November 3 – June 2 / 220” / 212
1983/1984 October 20 – June 21 / 238” / 246
1982/1983 October 17 – June 16 / 197” / 240
1981/1982 October 20 – June 15 / 268” / 225
1980/1981 October 14 – May 27 / 257” / 226
1979/1980 October 10 – May 23 / 138” / 221
1978/1979 October 16 – May 22 / 292” / 219
1977/1978 October 24 – May 23 / 341” / 195
1976/1977 October 27 – May 15 / 346” / 201
1975/1976 October 30 – May 5 / 232” / 173
1974/1975 October 19 – May 12 / 307” / 190
1973/1974 November 5 – April 30 / 193” / 177
1972/1973 October 20 – April 15 / 267” / 184
1971/1972 November 9 – May 18 / 323” / 192
1970/1971 November 18 – May 21 / 334” / 184
1969/1970 October 24 – May 4 / NA” / 178
1968/1969 November 9 – May 10 / NA” / 183
1967/1968 November 5 – April 7 / NA” / 154
1966/1967 November 4 – May 2 / NA” / 180

((*
*))
((*

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2018 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2018 …No fooling with Easter skiing – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2018 : April’s Second weekend or Is It Still Winter?
Eastern Closing 2018 : Calendar creep closures – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2018: Mixed bag options – Week 4
Eastern Closing 2018 : Spring has sprung – Week 5
Eastern Closing 2018 – May!!! – week 6
Consistent as Mothers’ Day Skiing (again) – Eastern Closing Thread 2018 – Week 7
Victoria, you can ski on your Birthday – Eastern Closing 2018 – Week 8

Read Full Post »

Mont St-Sauveur and Killington have been the only game in the East in two weeks. I remember in the 1980s when I had just gotten my license, for us Canadian diehards, skiing on the Victoria Day weekend in May was a tradition, be it at the now defunct Gray Rocks, Killington or Tuckerman Ravine. This Victoria Day weekend marks the sixth consecutive season (7 of the last 8 years) where at least one lift span.

The clueless that see you loading your skis again in the car at 60-70F degrees will surely say, “this weekend is the last, right?” NO!!! Killington is aiming for June and Mont St-Sauveur decided to add an extra weekend, so don’t put your skis away!!! Last season Killington made it to June for the first time since 2002 and it has been at least that long since MSS made offered skiing on Memorial Day weekend and 21 years since their record closing June 2, 1997.

It’s a shame that so many decided to quite even before the Spring skiing started; the last few weekends have offered us amazing Spring skiing.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

GO SKIING!!!!

((*
*))
((*

LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0

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. MSS didn’t open last Sunday due to the rain, so call ahead.

St-Sauveur QC – May 27 (Friday to Monday then weekend only)
Lift : L’étoile
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $34.99CDN (plus taxes)

Killington VT – June tentative (Fri-Sun and Memorial Monday only)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Time : 8am (9am on Friday & Memorial Monday) to 5pm
Cost : $70US lift tickets (advance discount online).

((*
*))
((*

Previous years:
Here was the head-to-head showdown since the Beast came back in town.
2013:
May 26 – Killington
May 19 – MSS
2014:
May 19 – MSS
May 18 – Killington
2015:
May 25 – Killington
May 10 – MSS
2016:
May 29 – Killington
May 23 – MSS
2017:
June 1 – Killington
May 13 – MSS
2018 tentative:
June – Killington
May 27 – MSS

((*
*))
((*

Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington
2016: May 29 – Killington
2017: June 1 – Killington
2018: Tentative June – Killington

((*
*))
((*

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2018 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2018 …No fooling with Easter skiing – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2018 : April’s Second weekend or Is It Still Winter?
Eastern Closing 2018 : Calendar creep closures – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2018: Mixed bag options – Week 4
Eastern Closing 2018 : Spring has sprung – Week 5
Eastern Closing 2018 – May!!! – week 6
Consistent as Mothers’ Day Skiing (again) – Eastern Closing Thread 2018 – Week 7

Read Full Post »

Good intentions, May skiing, trying to get there or even pushing it a bit later? Last weekend spelled the end of many remaining diehards ski areas:
Sutton and Wildcat weren’t able to reopen for May.
Bristol and Craigleigh reopened in order to offer a few hours of May 1 skiing. Big Boulder opened for one May-day of riding and is hoping to reopen for June turns.
Whiteface and Sugarloaf opened one and two more days regardless of the power outage.
Sugarbush was also opened in May for the fifth year in a row.
Jay was hoping to reach an extra weekend, but Mother Nature didn’t want to ski on her day.
…and then the two consistent closers of the season in the East: Mont St-Sauveur and Killington.

To repeat what I said last year,

For the sixth fifth consecutive season, the same last two ski resorts in the East open for Mothers’ Day weekend (i.e. 2nd weekend in May). As people often ask me, there is still skiing? Skiing on Mothers’ Day isn’t even uncommon in the East as it has happened at K and MSS for a fifth year in a row.

Should I go skiing or not? Will my mom or wife agree to this? You don’t want to have to choose? Bring your mother/wife with the kids skiing with you and celebrate Mothers’ Day on the hill.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all skiing and none skiing mothers.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

Numbers from previous seasons on Mothers’ Day weekend: Total:
2018 : 2 (Killington & MSS)
2017 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2016 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2015 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2014 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2013 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2012 : 0
2011 : 2 (Jay, MSS)
2010 : 0
2009 : 0
2008 : 0
2007 : 0
2006 : 0

LIST OF 2 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Open DAILY : 0

St-Sauveur QC – May 21 (this Friday, weekend only and Victoria Day)
Killington VT – June (Friday-Sunday & Memorial Day Monday)

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment, for example MSS decided to open tomorrow Friday as it will be a glorious Spring day for skiing . Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2018 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2018 …No fooling with Easter skiing – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2018 : April’s Second weekend or Is It Still Winter?
Eastern Closing 2018 : Calendar creep closures – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2018: Mixed bag options – Week 4
Eastern Closing 2018 : Spring has sprung – Week 5
Eastern Closing 2018 – May!!! – week 6

Read Full Post »

Similar to last year at this time, I’m currently away from my home without a computer, so it makes it more complicated to do everything on a tiny phone.

Last weekend and for some, their season ended with rain. Some ski areas decided not to reopen with the incoming rain and closed for the season like Camp Fortune, Massif du sud and Le Valinouet. Despite the pouring rain on Sunday, Sunday River was open with free lift tickets for their annual end of year tradition, SkiMania. Some places like Whiteface, Jay and Sugarbush got snow instead. Enough craziness that Whiteface decided to postponed their end of season day announcement again: May skiing in Whiteface, why not? Oh yeah, Bristol and Craigleith private ski club reopened this morning, May 1. I haven’t been tracking Craigleith as it’s off my radar as a private ski hill, but thought it was good to mention that there is, sometimes, skiing in May in Ontario. Crazy Spring indeed.

Again I’ve copied some of the post from last season as I’m currently out in Banff, Montreal. Only the text and format are copied, the information and data are current.

LIST OF 8 9 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN IN MAY. Only 2 areas spinning daily ***

Vermont : 3 (2 daily)
New York : 2 (Bristol May 1 only)
Quebec : 1 2 ***
Maine : 1
New Hampshire : 1 *
Ontario : 1 (May 1 only)
Pennsylvania : 1 **

Bristol NY – May 1 (today only – 9am-12pm only)
Craigleith ON – May 1 (today only – 9am-12pm only)

Wildcat NH – May 5 (tentative – Saturday only) *
Big Boulder PA – May 5 (reopening Saturday only) **
Whiteface NY – May 5 6 (tentative – weekend Saturday only) *
Sutton QC – May 6 (weekend only) ***
Sugarbush VT – May 6 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf ME – May 6 (weekend only)
Jay VT – May 13 6 (daily until Sunday then weekend – tentative May 12-13 weekend) ****
St-Sauveur QC – May 21 13 (weekend only and Victoria Day) **
Killington VT – June (tentative – daily until May 6 then Friday-Sunday & Memorial Day Monday)

* Update May 3, 8:00am: Wildcat isn’t reopening and Whiteface is opening on Saturday only.
** Update May 3, 3:00pm: Big Boulder PA is reopening Saturday only. MSS is adding an extra long weekend.
*** Update May 3, 9:30pm: Sutton QC isn’t reopening.
**** Update May 4, 8:05pm: Jay is added an extra weekend.

MAY

What do I mean by “May continue skiing”?

People always wonder; Where is their skiing in May? May skiing is greatly very possible even if you live in the East. Good year, bad year, I’ve never in the last 12 years that I have kept track on the Eastern Closings has there hasn’t been at least one ski area spinning their lift for the skiing public. This May will not be the exception, currently 9 ski areas are planning to spin, but as it is always this time of the season, you can’t take it granted.

Frequency of number of ski areas spinning in May

7 or more ski areas : 5 times
6 ski areas : 1 time
5 ski areas : 1 time
4 ski areas : 3 times
3 or less ski areas : 3 times.

Previous years:

Here was the status of what was happening at the same time in previous years:

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Daily until May:

2018 tentative 9 / 2
2017 : 7 / 3 – Killington, MSS, Comi, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Sugarbush, Jay
2016 :  7 / 1 – MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Comi
2015 : 9 / 2 – Wachusett, Sunday River, Miller, Sugarloaf, Wildcat, Sugarbush, Jay, MSS, Killington
2014 : 6 / 3 – Comi, MSS, Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf
2013 : 4 / 2 – MSS, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Killington
2012 : 1 / 0 – MSS
2011 : 7 / 2 – MSS, Miller, Jay, Sugarbush, Killington, Sugarloaf, Saddleback
2010 : 3 – Jay, Sugarloaf
2009 : 5 – Jay, Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS
2008 : 4 – Jay, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS
2007 : 4 – Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat & MSS
2006 : 2 – Bretton Woods & Killington

We have the familiar actors in the May skiing skimming pool. A few ski areas closed last weekend, some had enough coverage to continue later. Some of these areas, especially in Eastern Quebec could have continued their season, but other factors are taken into account.

Ski areas that have spinning in May since 2006 including this year’s recent tentative closing dates)

Mont St-Sauveur QC : 12 times (92%) – last 12 years in a row
Killington VT : 10 times (77%) – last 6 years
Sugarbush VT : 10 times (77%) – last 6 years
Sugarloaf ME : 10 times (77%) – 10 of the last 12 years
Jay VT : 9 times (69%) – last 5 years
Wildcat NH : 2 3 times (15 23%) *
Sunday River ME : 3 times (23%)
Comi QC : 3 times (23%)
Miller QC : 3 times (23%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (8%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (8%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (8%)
Bristol NY : 1 time (8%)
Craigleith ON : 1 time (8%)
Whiteface NY (tentatively) : 1 time (8%) *
Sutton QC : (tentatively) 1 time (8%) ***
Big Boulder PA : 1 time? (8%) **

By Provinces/States:

Quebec : 12 times (92%)
Vermont : 12 times (92%)
Maine : 10 times (77%)
New Hampshire : 3 4times (23 31%) *
Massachusetts : 1 time (8%)
New York : 1 time (8%)
Ontario : 1 time (8%)
Pennsylvania : 1 time? (8%) **

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2018 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2018 …No fooling with Easter skiing – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2018 : April’s Second weekend or Is It Still Winter?
Eastern Closing 2018 : Calendar creep closures – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2018: Mixed bag options – Week 4
Eastern Closing 2018 : Spring has sprung – Week 5

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: