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Killington will be the last one to close in the East for the third consecutive season (4th out of the last 5). After about a decade in the dark ages where K was no longer head and above the rest in term of early, late or length of ski season in the East, there is definitely no doubt now that the Beast is back!!!

The mighty K has renewed in tradition of being have the only lift spinning in the East for at least one weekend: Mont St-Sauveur didn’t reopen Canadian May long closing weekend, Victoria Day, which also marked the closing for the remaining Canadian ski resorts out the West (Grouse and Blackcomb BC* (reopening later in Summer), Sunshine AB).

It’s time for the US to have their May long weekend, US Memorial Day. Memorial Day is generally the closing day target among the major late-season ski areas in US, but this year has been abnormal out West: Mt Rose Nevada and Bachelor Oregon are the only two closing plus Aspen Colorado and Silver Mountain Idaho reopening for Memorial Day weekend. In Bachelor’s case, they will be reopening for early July turns. Seven other Western ski areas, like Killington, are looking into making it to June or beyond (Arapahoe Basin Colorado, Snowbird Utah, Beartooth Basin Montana, Donner, Mammoth, Squaw California and of course, Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, Oregon.

Killington VT – June weekend (tentative)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad (walk-on/walk-off)
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am on Friday and Monday) to 5pm
Cost : $65US lift tickets – weekend 25%/midweek 50% with pass from another mountain.

To quote K:

Sunday, May 28 is day 200 of our winter season, and you’re invited to celebrate and share cake with us at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar around noon! This isn’t the end, though, we’ll reopen Thursday, June 1 and beyond if the snow is schussable – stay tuned!

A couple possible milestones for K and/or the East in the coming days:
– Biggest snow total (253″) since 2010-11 season
– 5th season in May: Ended in April 3-times from 2008-2012, just prior they had done 40 consecutive years starting in starting in May 1975.
– 5th consecutive year with 189+ operating days; More than 20 above the average days per season during the dark 2002-2012 period.
– 3rd consecutive year opening on Memorial Day weekend; Last time prior to the last 3 was in 2003. 31 out of 33 seasons (1981 to 2003)
– 1st time with 200 operating days since 2002-03 which marked the end of a 25-year streak at 200+ (1978-79 to 2002-03).
IF they reopen on Thursday June 1: 1st time opening in June since 2002.
IF they reopen on Friday June 2: 1st time opening later than June 1 since 1997.

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Turning off the chairlift one last time in 2017…
Mont Comi QC – May 1
Sunday River ME – May 1
Sugarloaf ME – May 1
Jay VT – May 1
Sugarbush VT – May 1
Mont St-Sauveur QC – May 13

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 – Killington (tentative)

Latest per ski area since 2006:
Killington VT : May 29, 2016
MSS QC : May 23, 2016
Jay VT : May 15, 2011
Sugarloaf ME : May 9, 2011
Sugarbush VT : May 6, 2007
Wildcat NH : May 6, 2007
Bretton Woods NH : May 5, 2006
Mont Miller QC : May 3, 2015
Mont Comi QC : May 1, 2016
Saddleback ME : May 1, 2011

BUT the East has seen skiing later than the May days above. If we go back to the previous century, in this case the 1990s, at least 5 Eastern ski areas have offered liftserved skiing in JUNE: Sugarloaf (1997?), Sunday River (1995), Mont St-Sauveur (1997), Tremblant (1997), but only Killington has offered it numerous times: 14 times (1982-88, 1992-97, 2002). Killington is also the only ski area in the East to offer skiing in Summer, twice, JUNE 21, 1984 and JUNE 22, 1997. Only a handful of North American ski areas has offered Summer skiing without a natural glacier, all of them being in the West.

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
2016/2017 October 19 – ??? / 252” / 198+
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

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2017 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3
What’s left? Weekend after Easter – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 4
Almost May – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 5
How long May it last? – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 6
Consistent as a Mothers’ Day in May – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Past 7
May turns to V: Victoria and Very Hot – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 8

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***Update: Friday May 19, 3:00pm: The MSS crew couldn’t save the snow; the heatwave killed St-Sauveur season this week. MSS’s last day was Saturday May 13.

I remember in the 1980s when skiing on the Victoria Day long weekend in May was a Spring skier diehards tradition, be it at the now defunct Gray Rocks, Killington or Tuckerman Ravine. For a few years, Eastern ski lifts remained quiet during the Queen’s birthday; no more. The Queen is Dead… Long Live the King of Spring. Despite a few days Summer hot temperatures in the mid to high 80s, this Victoria Day weekend marks the fifth consecutive year (5 of the last 6 years) where at least one lift or two will spin; Mont St-Sauveur and Killington will spin again this season and, with MSS, has have been the only game in the East post-May 1st.

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

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LIST OF 2 1 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND***
Open DAILY : 0

Superstar and Hill 70 will probably* (no word on the faith of Nordique) be the only two trails run left in the East; choose your trail for your lift assisted laps this weekend.

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 22 (weekend and Victoria Day)
Lift : L’étoile
Trail : Hill 70, Nordique (currently no official word on trails).
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $28.75CDN for 4 hours/ $34.99CDN full day lift tickets (plus taxes)

Killington VT – June tentative (Fri-Sun and Memorial Monday only)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad (walk-on/off lift)
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am on Friday and Memorial Monday) to 4pm (5pm on weekends)
Cost : $65US lift tickets – 25% (weekend) or 50% (Friday) with lift ticket or pass from another mountain Worldwide.

So Monday should be the last day skiing in Canada with the exception of Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver BC. Sunshine in Banff AB, Mont St-Sauveur QC and Blackcomb at Whistler BC are all scheduled to close for the season on Victoria Day. Blackcomb will reopen for five weeks of Summer skiing on Horseman Glacier. Even with the crazy amount of snow out West (for example Sunshine has currently 133 out of 135 runs open), this long May long weekend often generally marks the end of the season in Canada.

As for South of the border, there are a few areas since open, but the US long May weekend is next week which generally marks the end in a normal ski season. Killington is eyeing June again this season; they have been so close the last few season. Hoping to make it to June for the first time since 2002.

This season hasn’t been normal, stay tune for next week’s post where I’ll look beyond the East for lift assisted turns.

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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 (tentative) – Killington
May 13 22 (tentative) – MSS
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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: Tentative June – Killington

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2017 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3
What’s left? Weekend after Easter – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 4
Almost May – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 5
How long May it last? – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 6
Consistent as a Mothers’ Day in May – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Past 7

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How long may it last with the warm weather and rain the East has been experiencing in the last week?

What a difference one trip out West makes. From many ski options in the East when I left on April 21 to only 3 2 remaining in the East with no lifts spinning until the weekend. Alberta is also offering skiing at 3 ski areas, but the lifts are spinning daily with overall 85% of the runs open at these resorts (From 63% at Marmot Basin to 98% at Sunshine). Like in the East, many of the skiing public aren’t showing up in the late season, regardless of the amount of snow left. Marmot Basin and Lake Louise will be closing this coming Sunday with an incredible amount of snow left. The situation in Eastern Quebec is similar, we saw Gaspe’s Mont Miller closed last weekend which will be followed by Mont Comi *(update) won’t reopen this weekend had this coming Sunday with most of their runs open last weekend.

Not going to make this long, still trying to catch up with home stuff since I got back, but I’ll update the numbers for the May skiing from last week’s post.

This weekend is supposed to be a wet one, so before driving to the hill, call ahead to make sure the lifts are spining even in case of showers.

LIST OF 3 2 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. No one spinning midweek

Comi QC – May 7 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur QC – May 14 (weekend only)
Killington VT – June? (weekend only this weekend then Fri-Sun only)

* Update: May 5: Mont Comi just announced today that they won’t be reopening this week, their last day was April 30.

At this time last year we only had MSS and Killington still open.

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MAY (repeat from last post with updated numbers)

What do I mean by “May continue skiing”?

a) Ski area might open this weekend
b) Ski area might go beyond this weekend and some are just adding extra day Monday to end in May
c) Skiing into May
d) Lifts aren’t an end to all means.
e) All of the above

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. Next weekend will not be the exception, currently 8 ski areas are planning to spin, but as it is always this time of the season, you can’t take it granted.

So we had 4 ski areas spinning on Monday, making their last day on May 1st: Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf and Sunday River.

Frequency of number of ski areas spinning in May
7 or more ski areas : 5 4 times*
6 ski areas : 1 2 times*
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:
2017 :  7 6* / 3
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 & 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

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 (Mont Édouard, Le Valinouet, Val d’Irène, Mont Comi) 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 : 11 times (92%) – (tentative) last 11 years in a row
Killington VT : 9 times (75%) – last 5 years
Sugarbush VT : 9 times (75%) – last 5 years
Sugarloaf ME : 9 times (75%) – 9 of the last 11 years
Jay VT : 8 times (67%) – last 4 years
Sunday River ME : 3 times (18%)–last 3 years
Comi QC : 2 times (17%)
Miller QC : 2 times (17%)
Wildcat NH : 2 times (17%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (8%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (8%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (8%)

By Provinces/States:
Quebec : 11 times (92%)(tentative)
Vermont : 11 times (92%)
Maine : 9 times (75%)
New Hampshire : 3 times (18%)
Massachusetts : 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 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3
What’s left? Weekend after Easter – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 4
Almost May – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 5

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Well when I posted last week’s update it rained where I was: now it’s snowing from where I’m posting (not in the East).

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

LIST OF 11 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Only 3 areas spinning daily

Quebec : 5
Vermont : 3 (2 daily)
Maine : 2 (1 daily)
New Hampshire : 1

Wildcat NH – May? (tentative weekend only) –April 29 last day*
Gallix QC – April 30 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne QC – April 30 (weekend only)
Sugarbush VT – May 1 (tentative – weekend and Monday only)
Sunday River ME – May 1 (weekend and Monday only
Sugarloaf ME – May 1 (tentative – daily)
Jay VT – May 7 May 1*
Comi QC – May 7 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur QC – May 14 (weekend only)
Killington VT – June? (Tentative – daily until May 1 then Fri-Sun only)
Miller QC – TBD (weekend only)

* Update : Friday April 28

MAY

What do I mean by “May continue skiing”?

a) Ski area might open this weekend
b) Ski area might go beyond this weekend and some are just adding extra day Monday to end in May
c) Skiing into May
d) Lifts aren’t an end to all means.
e) All of the above

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. Next weekend will not be the exception, currently 8 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 : 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:
2017 tentative :  11* : 9 / 3 (*April 30: May)
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 & 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

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 (Mont Édouard, Le Valinouet, Val d’Irène, Mont Comi) 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 : 11 times (92%) – last 11 years in a row
Killington VT : 9 times (75%) – last 5 years
Sugarbush VT : 9 times (75%) – last 5 years
Sugarloaf ME : 9 times (75%) – 9 of the last 11 years
Jay VT : 8 times (67%) – last 4 years
Wildcat NH : 3 2 times (17%)
Sunday River ME : 3 times (25%)–last 3 years
Comi QC : 3 times (25%) 3 of the last 4 years
Miller QC : 3 times (25%)
Bretton Woods NH : 1 time (8%)
Wachusett MA : 1 time (8%)
Saddleback ME : 1 time (8%)

By Provinces/States:
Quebec : 11 times (92%)
Vermont : 11 times (92%)
Maine : 9 times (75%)
New Hampshire : 4 3 times (33 25%)
Massachusetts : 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 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3
What’s left? Weekend after Easter – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 4


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A few changes…

Quebec:
Val d’Irène – April 18
Mont Miller – April 18
Mont Ste-Anne – April 25
Mont St-Sauveur – May 2 (If possible)

NH:
Wildcat – April 19

VT:
Killington – May 1
Jay – May 3
Sugarbush – TBD

ME:
Sunday River – April 19
Sugarloaf – April 25

Originally posted on Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:41 pm on firsttracksonline

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