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IS THIS THE FIRST WEEKEND, THE SECOND WEEKEND IN APRIL, OR IS IT STILL WINTER? 

A nice -11c in Ottawa on Thursday morning, snow on Tuesday and more on the way tonight.

We are crossing date off the calendar, but conditions are still excellent considering that we are starting off the second weekend in April. Seasonal below average temps with was preceding by March Miracle storms have going us great hopes for an extended ski season…. as long as people still show up at the hill. Now that we passed Easter, the motivation for manager to pull the plug/turn off the lifts is greater than ever. Since last weekend, we’ve lost about one third of the opened areas. There are another a good number of areas that will shutdown in the next two weekends regardless of the amount of snow and much trails will open. There are some areas in Quebec that are still 100% open.

It’s not all bad, a few ski areas have decided to give us an extra bonus weekend passed their initial closing date. Now its time to take advantage of it. I’ve had a crazy week, but after this weekend I’m definitely planning to take advantage of what is offered.

I’ll try to post next week thread as I’m chasing to use my vouchers across the East.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US

2018: 117 / 52
2017 : 92 / 36
2016 : 46 / 11
2015 : 82 / 38
2014 : 89 / 35
2013 : 47 / 25
2012 : 20 / 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 117 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Sorted regional by closing date

QUEBEC 50
Laurentians and Launaudière
Avalanche – April 8 (weekend only)
Avila – April 8 (weekend only)
Blanc – April 8 (weekend only)
Chanteclerc – April 8 (weekend only)
Garceau – April 8 (weekend only)
La Réserve – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Montcalm – April 8 (weekend only)
Belle-Neige – April 15 (weekend only)
Val St-Côme – April 15 (tentative – weekend only)
Tremblant – April 15
Belle-Neige – April 15 (weekend only)
Vallée Bleue – TBD April (weekend only)
Habitant – April 8*
St-Sauveur – mid-May

Monteregie and Eastern Townships:
Rigaud – April 8 (weekend only)
Bromont – April 8
Owl’s Head – April 15 (tentative – weekend only)
Orford – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Sutton – TBD – April 15 or more (tentative)

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore
Vallée du Parc – April 8 (weekend only)
Gleason – April 8 (weekend only)
Orignal – April 8 (weekend only)
Stoneham – April 8 (weekend only)
St-Raymond – April 8 (weekend only)
Tobo-Ski – April 8 (weekend only)
Ti-Basse – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Édouard – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Relais – April 15
Le Massif – April 15
Chalco – April 22 (tentative – weekend only)
Ste-Anne – April 22
Massif du Sud – April 29 (tentative Friday-Monday only)
Le Valinouet – April 29 (tentative)
Lac Vert – April 30 (tentative)

Gaspé Peninsula
Cap Chat – April 7 (Saturday only)
Val Neigette – April 8 (weekend only)
Béchervaise – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Castor – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Val d’Irène – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
St-Mathieu – April 21 (weekends only)
Comi – TBD (tentative Wednesday-Sunday until April 15 then weekend only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)

Outaouais and Abitibi
Cascades – April 8 (weekend only)
Edelweiss – April 8 (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Chilly – April 8 or more (weekend only)
Kanasuta – April 14 (weekend only)
Camp Fortune – April 22 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Vidéo – April 22 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

ONTARIO : 9
Calabogie Peaks – April 6
Laurentian – April 7 (Saturday only)
Baldy – April 8 (weekend only)
Boler – April 8 (weekend only)
Dufour – April 8 (weekend only)
Searchmont – April 8 (weekend only)
Loch Lomond – April 15 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Trestle Ridge – TBD (tentative weekend only)
Blue – TBD – Daily until April 8

NEW BRUNSWICK : 1
Crabbe – April 15 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 3
Marble – April 8
Smokey – April 8 or more (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
White Hills – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 15
Snow Ridge – April 7 (Saturday only)
Titus – April 7 (Saturday only)
Swain – April 8 (weekend only)
West Mountain – April 8 (weekend only)
Woods Valley – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Bristol – April 8
Holimont – April 8
Plattekill – April 8 or more (tentative – weekend only)
Song – April 8 or more (tentative – weekend only)
Greek Peak – April 15 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Holiday Valley – April 15 (tentative)
Hunter – April 15
Belleayre – April 15 or more TBD (tentative)
Gore – April 15 or more TBD (tentative)
Whiteface – April 15

VERMONT : 15
Magic – April 8 (weekend only)
Pico – April 8 (weekend only)
Bromley – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Middlebury – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Bolton – April 8
Mad River Glen – April 15 (tentative)
Burke – April 15 (weekend only)
Stratton – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Stowe – April 15
Smugglers – April 15
Snow – April 15 or more (tentative)
Okemo – April 22
Jay – late April/May TBD
Sugarbush – May 6 (tentative)
Killington – June (tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 7
Attitash – April 8 (weekend only)
Waterville – April 15 (weekend only)
Loon – April 15
Sunapee – April 15
Bretton Woods – April 16
Cannon – April 16
Wildcat – May (tentative)

MAINE : 5
Abram – April 8 (weekend only)
Bigrock – April 8 (weekend only)
Black – April 8 (weekend only)
Sunday River – April 29
Sugarloaf – TBD

MASSACHUSETTS : 4
Blue Hills – April 8 (Sunday only)
Berkshire East – April 8 (weekend only)
Jimmy Peak – April 8
Wachusett – April 8, maybe 15? (Friday-Sunday only)

PENNSYLVANIA : 6
Montage – April 7 (Saturday only)
Blue – April 8 (weekend only)
Hidden Valley – April 8 (weekend only)
Camelback – April 8
Seven Springs – April 8 or more TBD (weekend only)
Big Boulder – April TDB (weekend only)

NEW JERSEY : 2
Campgaw – April 8
Mountain Creek – April 8 (weekend only)

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2017 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2018 …No fooling with Easter skiing – Part 1

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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 three four seasons.

The first compilation is always the longest, especially when the ski season was saved in part of the US East with a series of storm what was dubbed the “Miracle March.” After an unreasonable warm February, the cold March and storms definitely saved the season from a premature end at many hills.

IS THIS THE FIRST WEEKEND OF APRIL? 

April 1st is Sunday and many ski areas will be closing on Saturday, just prior to Easter Sunday. Anyhow here is the comparison between previous seasons’ April first weekends. At least 23 ski areas while close on Saturday March 31, just one day short of April. So instead of comparing the number 181 with the previous seasons, we should maybe just count 158 ski areas that might actually offer us April skiing.

So regardless where you live in the East, you’ll be able to ski 6 Canadian provinces and 11 US States (not even counting states from the Midwest like Ohio, Michigan, etc). From Newfoundland & Labrador to North Carolina, including Prince Edward Island’s only ski area, GO SKIING!!!

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US

2018: 181 / 98 (158 / 78 = April dates)
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 181 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND

QUEBEC 60
Laurentians and Launaudière
Avalanche – April 8 (Until Easter Monday then weekend)
Avila – April 8 (Until Easter Monday then weekend)
Belle-Neige – TBD April
Blanc – April 2
Chanteclerc – April 8 (weekend only)
Gabriel – April 2
Garceau – April ?
Habitant – April ?
La Réserve – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Montcalm – April 8 (Until Easter Monday then weekend)
Morin Heights – April 2
Olympia – April 2
Sauvage – NA
St-Sauveur – mid-May
Tremblant – April 15
Vallée Bleue – TBD (weekend only)
Val St-Côme – April 15 (tentative, Daily until Easter Monday then weekend only)

Eastern Townships:
Rigaud – April 8 (tentative)
St-Bruno – April 1
Adstock – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
Bromont – April 8
Orford – TBD
Owl’s Head – April 8 or more (tentative)
Sutton – TBD

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore
Vallée du Parc – April 8
La Tuque – April 1
St-Raymond – April 8
Le Relais – April (TBD)
Ste-Anne – April 22
Stoneham – April 8 (Daily until Easter Monday then one last weekend)
Orignal – April 8 (tentative Wednesday-Sunday and Easter Monday only)
Massif du Sud – April 29 (tentative Friday-Monday only)
Le Massif – April 15
Grand Fonds – April 1
Gleason – TBD (Daily until Easter Monday then Friday-Sunday only)
Édouard – April 15 (Daily until Easter Monday then Friday-Sunday only
Le Valinouet – April 29 (tentative)
Lac Vert – April 30 (tentative – daily until April 14)
Tobo-Ski – April 2 (Easter Sunday and Monday only)
Chalco – TBD (weekend only)
Gallix – April 15 (Thursday-Sunday only)
Ti-Basse – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)

Gaspé Peninsula1
Béchervaise – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Cap Chat – March 31 or more? (weekend only)
Castor – April 8 (Wednesday, Friday-Sunday only)
Centre de Plein Air de la Haute-Gaspésie – TBD
Comi – TBD (tentative Wednesday-Sunday and Easter Monday only)
Miller – TBD April (weekend only)
Petit-Chamonix – April 1
St-Mathieu – April 21 (Daily until Easter Monday then weekends only)
Val Neigette – April 1 or more?
Val d’Irène – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only then Thursday-Sunday)

Outaouais and Abitibi
Camp Fortune – April 16 (tentative)
Cascades – April 8 (tentative – Until Easter Monday then weekend) TBD*
Edelweiss – April 2
Chilly – April 1 or more (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 8 at least (tentative – Until Easter Monday then Friday-Sunday)*
Vorlage – April 2
Kanasuta – April 8 (open Friday-Saturday, closed on Easter Sunday, weekend only)
Vidéo – April 22 (tentative – Wed, Fri-Sun only)

ONTARIO : 15
Antoine – March 31
Baldy – April 2 (Friday-Monday only)
Blue – TBD
Boler – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
Calabogie Peaks – Daily until April 6, TBD April 9 and beyond
Dufour – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
Kamiskotia – April 1 (Friday-Saturday only)
Kiwissa – March 31 (Saturday only)
Laurentian – April 1 (tentative – Easter weekend only)
Loch Lomond – April 15 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Searchmont – April 1
Sir Sam – March 31 (Friday-Saturday only)
SnowValley – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
St. Louis Moonstone – April 1
Trestle Ridge – TBD

NEW BRUNSWICK : 4
Crabbe – April 8 or more? (tentative)
Farlagne – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
Poley – April 2
Sugarloaf – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND : 1
Brookvale – April 1

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 3
Marble – April 8 (tentative)
Smokey – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
White Hills – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 23
Belleayre – April 15 (tentative)
Bristol – April 8
Catamount – April 1
Cazenovia – NA
Four Seasons – April 1
Gore – April 8?
Greek Peak – April 7?
Holimont – TBD
Hunt Hollow – March 31
Hunter – April 8 (tentative)
Labrador – TBD
McCauley – April 1
PeeknPeak – March 31
Plattekill – TBD
Royal – March 31
Snow Ridge – March 31
Song – TBD
Swain – March 31
Titus – April 7 (Saturday only)
West Mountain – TBD
Whiteface – At least until April 8
Windham – April 1
Woods Valley – April 8 (weekend only)

VERMONT : 18
Bolton – April 8
Bromley – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only) April 1*
Burke – April 16
Cochran’s – April 1 (weekend only)
Hard’Ark – NA
Jay – April 30/TBD (tentative)
Killington – June (tentative)
Mad River Glen – April 8
Magic – April 14 (tentative)
Middlebury – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only) April?*
Northeast Slopes – March 31
Okemo – April 15
Pico – April 8 (weekend only)
Smugglers – April 16 April 8? TBD*
Snow – April 15
Stowe – April 15
Stratton – April 8
Sugarbush – May 6 (tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 19
Abenaki – NA (Saturday only)
Attitash – April 2
Black – March 31 (Friday-Saturday only)
Bretton Woods – April 16
Cannon – April 15 (tentative)
Cranmore – April 1
Crotched – April 1
Dartmouth – March 31
Gunstock – April 1
King – April 1
Loon – April 15
McIntyre – March 31 (tentative Friday-Saturday only)
Pats Peak – April 1
Ragged – April 1
Sunapee – April 8? (tentative)
Waterville – April 8
Whaleback – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
Wildcat – May (tentative)

MAINE : 13
Abram – April 8 (Thursday-Sunday only)
Bigrock – April 1
Big Squaw – April 1 (Friday-Sunday only)
Black – April 8 (Friday-Sunday only)
Camden – March 31
Hermon – March 31 (Saturday only)
Lost Valley – March 31 (Friday-Saturday only)
Quoggy Jo – March 31 (Saturday only)
Shawnee Peak – April 1 (weekend only)
Spruce – April 1 (Sunday only)
Sugarloaf – TBD
Sunday River – April 29 May 1*

MASSACHUSETTS : 7
Berkshire East – April 1 or more
Blue Hills – April 8 (Closed Easter Sunday – tentative)
Bousquet – March 31
Butternut – April 1
Catamount – April 1
Jimmy Peak – April 8
Wachusett – April 15 (tentative)

CONNECTICUT : 1
Mohawk – April 1

PENNSYLVANIA : 11
Big Bear – March 31
Big Boulder – April TDB (weekend only)
Blue – April 8 (Easter weekend: Friday-Saturday then one last weekend)
Camelback – April TBD
Elk – at least until April 1
Hidden Valley – April 8 (until Easter Monday then one last weekend)
Jack Frost – April 1
Liberty – March 31
Montage – March 31
Seven Springs – April 8 (until Easter Monday then one last weekend)
Shawnee – March 31

NEW JERSEY : 2
Campgaw – April 8 (this Saturday then weekend only)
Mountain Creek – April 8 (weekend only)

WEST VIRGINIA : 1
Snowshoe – April 1

VIRGINIA : 1
Bryce – March 31

NORTH CAROLINA : 2
Cataloochee – March 31
Sugar – April 1

* Update: March 31, 2:15pm

Now that lift served skiing is over in the East, I decided to give myself an extra bonus post of ski options for my birthday. Lift served skiing at 41 ski areas in 6 continents this weekend: here is a list of what is open this weekend. I am not counting the indoor ski areas or dry slopes. So there is still plenty of options if you don’t know where to go skiing in June. And that is without talking about left over snow left on some mountains in East, West and all over.

North America : 8
Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : June 11
Snowbird, Utah : June 11
Boreal, California : reopening June 10 & July 1 (2 days only)
Beartooth Basin, Montana : July 2 (daily)
Blackcomb, British Columbia : June 10-July 16 (daily)
Mammoth Mountain, California : daily until August
Squaw Valley, California : August? September? (daily until Sunday and July 1-4/weekends after June 4 then Saturday only starting July 8)
Timberline Lodge, Oregon : September 4 (daily)

Reopening
Avila/St-Sauveur, Québec : Akamp from July 1-4
Mount Bachelor, Oregon : reopening July 1  2-4

Europe : 18
France
Alpe d’Huez : generally reopens in early July
Val d’Isère : July 16
Tignes : from June 24 to August 6 (shorter season due to Tram renovations)
Les Deux Alpes : from June 24 to September 2

Switzerland
Saas Fee : September 16 (open lifts on glacier), ski access until Winter season
Zermatt : 365 days/year

Italy
Passo del Stelvio : until November

Austria
Stubaier : June 18
Kaprun : July 23
Dachstein : until next season as long conditions allow
Mölltaler Gletscher : all Summer as long conditions allow
Sölden : from June 15 until next season
Hintertux : 365 days/year

Norway
Stryn : September 7
Fonna : until October
Galdhøpiggen : until November as long conditions allow

Finland
Saariselkä : reopened until June 10

Sweden
Riksgränsen : reopening June 22-25

Asia : 1
Gassan, Japan : late July

Southern Hemisphere and changeover into the other Winter
Late season in the North, early start in the South: there are already a few ski areas that have started their “Winter” season. Here is the list so far with many more to open in the coming weeks.

South America : 3
Chile
El Colorado
Valle Nevado
La Parva

Argentina
Chapelco : next weekend, July 17
Las Lenas : next weekend, July 17

Australia/Oceania : 9
New Zealand
Cardrona
Hutt
Remarkables
Whakapapa

Australia
Buller
Falls Creek
Hotham
Perisher
Thredbo

Africa : 2
South Africa/Lesotho
Afriski
Tiffindell

This is what the diehards have been waiting for years, lift served skiing in the East June. Similar to the return of the World Cup after a 25-year absence in the East, Killington is also offering us the first lift accessed schussable skiing on that same Superstar run as the World Cup and more notably the run which offered us 7 June seasons in the past (1992-1997, 2002).

Killington VT – JUNE 1 (last day)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad (walk-on/walk-off)
Trails : Superstar
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : FREE lift tickets

To quote K:

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity, it’s the first lift-served June Skiing and riding in 15 years.

A couple possible milestones for K and/or the East in the coming days:
– 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).
– 1st time opening in June since 2002.

The lift will be running one last day…at Killington, however there are still many turns to be earned in the East, as long as all the snow wasn’t melted, it is skiable.

June signals also the changeover season for the diehard skiers, either they get on their bikes, get the clubs or simply go further to look for their “snowfix”.

Not the East (except one)
There are still a few places that are spinning their lifts on the remains on their 2016-17 season or will reopen later on:

Arapahoe Basin, Colorado : Last day: June 11 (daily until Sunday then Friday-Sunday June 9-11)
Snowbird, Utah : weekends only as long as possible
Beartooth Basin, Montana : July 2 (daily)
Mammoth Mountain, California : daily until August
Squaw Valley, California : August? September? (daily until Sunday and July 1-4/weekends after June 4 then Saturday only starting July 8)
Timberline Lodge, Oregon : September 4 (daily)

Reopening
Boreal, California : reopening June 10 & July 1 (2 days only)
Avila/St-Sauveur, Québec : Akamp from July 1-4
Mount Bachelor, Oregon : reopening July 1-4
Blackcomb, British Columbia : June 10-July 16 (daily)

Northern Hemisphere glaciers elsewhere

A few places in Alps (Tignes, Les Deux Alpes, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Passeo del Stelvio, Hintertux and Mölltaler Gletscher) and Norway (Stryn, Galdhøpiggen and Fonna) that offer Summer skiing. A few other like Kaunertal, Stubaier, Dachstein, Kaprun have June and early Summer skiing in the Alps and Scandinavia, but not close to year around.

Southern Hemisphere and changeover into the other Winter

Late season in the North, early start in the South: there are already a few ski areas that have started their “Winter” season:
– Chile: already started.
– New Zealand: tomorrow.
– Australia: this weekend.
– South Africa/Lesotho next week
– Argentina: soon in June.

Other silly places to ski with lifts
Indoor skiing found in Europe, Asia and Australia and dryslope skiing, sand skiing, but I’ll stop here before it gets too crazy.

Skiing without lifts?
It’s a big world, there are a number of areas that still have snow. Even in the East, where the season has been so bad, but not for long. Some of it is serious and it can be silly.

I’m hoping to keep the blog somewhat active the Summer minus of a few weeks. I have a few posts related my Summer skiing experiences that have never been posted which I hope to finally be able to post them over the next few months (wishing thinking?). Some of them may be republication from another site on the blog and will show on their original date, so subscribed on the Ski Mad World Facebook page or on Twitter to be fully in touch with snow.

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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
Killington Vt – June 1

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 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

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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
Killington, Memorial Day and into June – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 9

*Update: May 28, 6pm: Killington is not open due the forecast. They will be making the call regarding opening on June 1 on Wednesday.

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 (252″) 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 25 – ??? / 252” / 200? *
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

***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

**Update: MSS has announced an extra weekend of skiing. New closing date: May 22

For the 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.

Skiing lift served in the East come down to those questions.

If I choose to go skiing, which ski resort to choose? A or B?
Once the resort chosen, which ski trail? A or B?

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: Total:
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

The ski areas trail count might differ, but it’s likely to come down to these three runs in the East of the Rockies.

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. Hopefully the weather cooperates and give a nice Spring skiing weekend.

St-Sauveur QC – May 22 May 14 (weekend only – tentative on weather forecast, hours may change without notice)**
Lift : L’étoile
Trail : Hill 70, Nordique
Time : 9am to 5pm (Nordique open to public at 11:30am)
Cost : $28.75CDN for 4 hours/ $34.99CDN full day lift tickets (plus taxes)

Killington VT – When the snow melts or June? (Fri-Sun only)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am Fri) to 4pm (5pm on Sat-Sun)
Cost : $65US lift tickets – 25% (weekend) or 50% (Friday) with lift ticket or pass from another mountain Worldwide.

**Update : May 12, 11am

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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

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