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The torrential rain during the Easter Long weekend had a huge impact on a human activities; some regions are seeing significant amount of flooding with the quantities of rain, huge snowpack and above normal temperatures.

The impact on skiing and skiing operations are also important, but it’s just a sport, not people lives. In one week, the snow depth at the top of Mount Mansfield has dropped over 2 feet. Although the snowpack went from 108″ to 83″, the amount of snow left is still well above the average for April 23rd and is similar to the amounts found at this time in 2007, 2009 and 2011 (81″-84″). It’s only trailing the 2017-18 season (99″) which got hit by a late season storms and found itself almost deeper as it had been all that season.

Update: Thursday evening:
Another April weekend, another terrible forecast weekend. From my point of view, flood levels are the highest in a generation, the rivers are rising and the call is still for a few days of rain. You know there is an issue when you have to look if the highways are still open if you want to go skiing.

A few things have come into focus the last few hours, rain and impact on the snowpack.
A few ski areas which generally don’t have much issues with lack of snow late in season are calling it a season due to the unfavourable forecast again this weekend are throwing in the towel like Massif du Sud, Mont Comi and Mont Sutton. Mont Orford decided not to try to reopen after not opening Easter weekend.
Others are warning that they might not open on certains days as planed or at all this weekend due to the same forecast: Ste-Anne and Vallée Bleue.

Other like Jay, Sugarloaf, without mentioning Sutton, have dialled back hopes to spinning beyond May 5. It looks like again this season, that the last spinning lifts will be at MSS and Kmart.
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Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US
2019: 12 / 6
2018: 21 / 9
2017 : 16 / 7
2016 : 14 / 8
2015 : 13 / 7
2014 : 13 / 6
2013 : 9 / 4
2012 : 2 / 1

Don’t despair, this situation isn’t as dire, some hills closed last weekend with huge amount of terrain still open, so the drastic reduction in ski areas after a late April Easter weekend is, unfortunately on par. There will still a few lift lifts spinning in May, so go skiing if you can.

LIST OF 10 14 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING THIS WEEKEND **
Only 5 areas spinning daily

Sorted regional by closing date

QUEBEC 4 8 (Daily 1)**
Orford – April 28 (tentative – weekend only)**
Massif du Sud – April 28 (tentative – weekend only)**
Comi – April 28 (tentative – weekend only)**
Ste-Anne – April 28 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only) (might be closed due a high amount of rain on Saturday)**
Le Valinouet – April 27 28 (Friday-Sunday weekend only, Friday tentative)** ***
Vallée Bleue – April 28 (Sunday weekend only – tentative due to rain)** ***
Sutton – May 5 or more (tentative – weekend only)**
St-Sauveur – May 20 (Daily until April 28 then weekend only)

NEW ENGLAND & PENNSYLVANIA: 7 (Daily 4)
Sunday River ME – April 28 (weekend only)
Big Boulder PA – May 4 (that Saturday only)
Wildcat NH – April 28 May 5 (tentative – weekend only)*
Sugarbush VT – May 5 (Daily until April 28 then one final weekend only)
Jay VT – May 5 or more (Daily until April 28 then weekend only)**
Sugarloaf ME – May 5 or more (Daily until May 5)**
Killington VT – June (Daily – tentative)

* Update: April 24, 2:15pm
** Update: April 25, 3:15am, 7:15pm
*** Update: April 27, 2:30pm

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3
Eastern Closing 2019: Deluge Easter edition – Week 3a

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As update in the previous post….

Wash out Easter Weekend. Ski areas are looking at all the rain in the forecast and wondering about the weekend plans. Regardless of the huge amount of snow, some decided that they will not open for one last weekend at Easter.

… and with the massive closures due the heavy rain across most of the East, it was getting hard to see what was happening. So here is the current status for this weekend.

I separated the remaining ski areas into three categories:
1) Will open at least one day this weekend
2) Closed today and wait and see approach for the remainder of the Easter weekend… and weekend after (Except Black Mtn NH)
3) Definitely closed this weekend, but are planning to reopen next weekend or maybe one extra day (Orford)

From the 38 planned opening to 17, unfortunately the massive rain isn’t only headache for ski operations. Deep snowpack and massive rain across most of the East is/will cause major flooding in some areas.

LIST OF 17 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING THIS WEEKEND
PLUS 2 3 TENTATIVES

Sorted regional by closing date

QUEBEC : 8
Chilly – April 20 21 (weekend only)
Vidéo – April 21 (weekend only)
Chalco – April 21 (weekend only)
Édouard – April 21 (weekend only)
Tremblant – April 22 (Daily)
Le Valinouet – April 28 (weekend only)
Sutton – May 5 (tentative – Easter Monday then weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 20 (Daily until April 28)

ONTARIO : 1
Blue – April 21

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 1 
Smokey – April 21 (Saturday – tentative Sunday)

VERMONT : 5
Mad River Glen – April 20 (Saturday only)
Stowe – April 21 (Daily)
Jay – May 5 (Daily – tentative)
Sugarbush – May 5 (Daily – tentative)
Killington – June (Daily – tentative)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – April 28 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – May 5 or more (Daily until May 5)

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TENTATIVELY OFFERING SOME SKIING THIS WEEKEND AND POSSIBLY MORE SKI DAYS BEYOND THE EASTER RAIN
Black NH – April 21 (tentative – weekend only)
Comi QC – April 28 (Closed today – tentative for Sat-Mon then weekend only)
Massif du Sud QC – May 5 (Closed today – tentative for Sat-Mon then weekend only)

CLOSED THIS WEEKEND, BUT POSSIBLY MORE SKI DAYS BEYOND THE EASTER RAIN
Orford QC- Tentative maybe one more day
Vallée Bleue QC – April 28 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne QC – April 28 (Friday-Monday only)
Wildcat NH – May 5 (tentative – weekend only)

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2
Eastern Closing 2019: Late Easter and Deep into April Snowpack – Week 3

* Update, April 17, 2:00pm: Wash out Easter Weekend. Ski areas are looking at all the rain in the forecast and wondering about the weekend plans. Regardless of the huge amount of snow, some decided that they will not open for one last weekend at Easter.

So far these include:
Camp Fortune
Le Massif
St-Mathieu
Val d’Irène
Whiteface
Burke
Smuggs

Other decided to reopen today Wednesday on the last sunny spring day prior to wet Easter weekend. Miller moved it closing date to today, while Mad and Smokey haven’t made a call on this weekend.
Miller
Mad River Glen
Smokey

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Late Easter, Late Spring…snowpack is still deep in the higher altitudes and latitudes.

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Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

A few notes about this weekend’s potential skiing country’s status.

1) Snow pack is still deep and still way above normal on Vermont’s highest mountain.
2) Forecast for this weekend is likely not sunny (to be polite) in many areas.
3) Spring weather is as important as snow for a ski hill to operate. Case and point, Smuggs just pulled the plugged due to the rainy weekend forecast.

Some have fixed closing dates regardless of the amount snow left on the trails: Stowe, Tremblant, Ste-Anne, Massif, etc. Some locals are restless on deep years like this one.
Other are pushing it as long as they can: Mad River Glen, Wildcat, Killington, St-Sauveur, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Sutton and Black NH.

After this weekend, this will be severely reduced due to all the ski resorts that were aiming for Easter weekend. Only the diehards will remain. So to borrow from another motto… “Ski It While You Can”

The numbers below would generally reflect on what is or was still open on Week 3, however Week 4 from last season was the same date as Easter Monday.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US
2019: 38 / 11
2018: 33 / 11
2017 : 16 / 7
2016 : 14 / 8
2015 : 10 / 7
2014 : 11 / 5
2013 : 8 / 4
2012 : 6 / 3

LIST OF 31 38 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING THIS WEEKEND
Only 12 areas spinning daily

Sorted regional by closing date

QUEBEC 20 24 (Daily 5)
Quebec West
Chilly – April 21 (weekend only)*
Chanteclerc – April 20 (Saturday only) ***
Vidéo – April 21 (tentative – Wed, weekend Fri-Sun only)**
Ste-Marie – April 21 (weekend Friday-Sunday only)** ***
Camp Fortune – April 21 (Thursday-Sunday only) *
Avila – April 22 (Friday-Monday only) **
Orford – April maybe one more day – not this weekend 21 22 (tentative – Friday-Sunday Monday only) * **
Owl’s Head – April 22 (tentative – Easter weekend only) **
Bromont – April 17 22 (Daily)**
Tremblant – April 22 (Daily)
Vallée Bleue – April 28 (Closed this weekend Friday-Monday only then one last weekend)***
Sutton – May 5 (tentative – Daily until April 22 then weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 20 (Daily until April 28 22)**

Quebec East
Miller – April 17 20 (Wednesday Saturday only) *
Chalco – April 21 20 (open Saturday, tentative Sunday)***
St-Mathieu – April 20 (weekend only) *
Édouard – April 21 (Friday Saturday-Sunday only) ***
Le Massif – April 21 (Friday-Sunday only) *
Val d’Irène – April 22 (Friday-Monday only) *
Le Relais – April 18 22 (Daily)***
Ste-Anne – April 28 22 or more Closed this weekend (Friday-Monday only) **
Le Valinouet – April 28 22 28 (Thursday-Sunday only followed tentatively by one final weekend) (next weekend) * ***
Comi – April 28 (tentative this weekend Wednesday-Monday then weekend only)***
Massif du Sud – May 5 (tentative this weekend Friday-Monday then weekend only)***

ONTARIO : 2 (Daily 1)
Devil’s Glen – April 19 21 (Good Friday & weekend only)**
Blue – April 21 22 ***

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 1 
Smokey – April 21 14? NA ???  (Open Wednesday evening, tentative weekend only)* ***

NEW YORK : 1
Whiteface – April 21 (tentative – weekend only)

VERMONT : 5 6 (Daily 4) *
Mad River Glen – April 20 21 (Wednesday, Saturday tentative weekend only)
Burke – April 21 (weekend only)
Stowe – April 21 (Daily)
Jay – May 5 (Daily – tentative)
Sugarbush – May 5 (Daily – tentative)
Killington – June (Daily – tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 2 (Daily 1)
Black – April 21 (tentative – weekend only)
Wildcat – May 5 (tentative – closed this weekend – weekend only)**

MAINE : 2 (Daily 1)
Sunday River – April 28 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – May 5 or more (Daily until May 5)

* Update, April 17, 2:00pm & 2:20pm
** Update, April 18, 1:45pm, 2:45pm & 6:40pm
*** Update, April 19, 1:05pm & 2:00pm

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1
Eastern Closing 2019 : April’s snow showers brings late Easter skiing or May possibly be more – Week 2

Almost mid-April and the snowplow just went down my street in Ottawa. There is still snow up in the higher latitudes and altitudes. In part of ski country, we had a few below freezing temperature and some snow accumulations. The snow stake at the top of Mount Mansfield is still above 115 inches (292cm) has barely dipped and is still higher than maximum snow levels at anytime during the previous decade. This means that the Eastern ski season is far from over. We might have lost most of the skiing outside Quebec/Ontario and New York/Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine last weekend, but many have their sights on late Easter skiing. Over a handful are boldly aiming for May or more.

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This season and the previous 4 seasons.
Source: Mount Mansfield Summit Station

Still some great snow to be skied. The only thing needed are skiers to make it worthwhile for the hill to spin their lifts. As a famous skier once said, ski the snow on the ground NOT the date on the calendar.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US
2019: 75 / 25
2018: 117 / 52
2017 : 92 / 36
2016 : 46 / 11
2015 : 82 / 38
2014 : 89 / 35
2013 : 47 / 25
2012 : 20 / 11

LIST OF 78 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OFFERING SKIING INTO APRIL

QUEBEC 43 44*
Laurentians and Launaudière
Chanteclerc – April 20 13 (Saturday weekend only)*
Alta – April 14 (weekend only)**
Gabriel – April 14 (weekend only)
Morin Heights – April 14 (weekend only)
Olympia – April 14 (weekend only)
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)
Avila – April 22 (weekend only)
Tremblant – April 22
Vallée Bleue – April 28 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 20

Monterégie and Eastern Townships:
Rigaud – April 14 (weekend only)
Orford – April 22 (tentative – after April 14, weekend only)
Owl’s Head – April 22 (tentative – after April 14, weekend only)
Bromont – April 22 TBD*
Sutton – TBD

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore
Lac Vert – April 13
Vallée du Parc – April 14 (weekend only)
Grand Fonds – April 14 (weekend only)
Tobo-Ski – April 14 (weekend only)*
Gleason – April 14 (Friday Saturday-Sunday only)*
Stoneham – April 14
Édouard – April 21 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Massif – April 21 (after April 15, Friday-Sunday only)
Le Relais – April 22 (tentative)
Ste-Anne – April 22
Le Valinouet – April 28 (tentative – After April 14 Thursday-Sunday only followed by one final weekend)*
Massif du Sud – May 5 (tentative Friday-Monday only)

Gaspé Peninsula
Castor – April 14 (weekend only)
Béchervaise – April 14 (Friday-Sunday only)
Miller – April 20 (Saturday only)
St-Mathieu – April 20 (weekend only)
Val d’Irène – April 22 (Friday-Sunday only)
Comi – April 28 (tentative Wednesday-Sunday only)

Outaouais
Chilly – April 14 or more NA (weekend only)**
Cascades – April 14 (weekend only)
Edelweiss – April 14 (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 21 (Friday-Sunday only)
Camp Fortune – April 21 (Thursday-Sunday only)

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

ONTARIO : 6 7*
Craigleith – April 14 or more (weekend only)*
Loch Lomond – April 13 (Saturday only)
Devil’s Glen – April 21 14 (Good Friday & weekend only)*
Dufour – April 14 (weekend only)*
Laurentian – April 14 (Sunday weekend only)*
Searchmont – April 14 (Friday-Sunday only)
Blue – April 22

NEW BRUNSWICK : 1
Farlagne – April 14 (Wednesday, weekend only)

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 1
Smokey – April 14 (Wednesday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 6
Cazenovia – NA
Royal – April 13 (Saturday only)
Belleayre – April 13 14 (Saturday tentative – weekend only)*
Holimont – April 14 (tentative – weekend only)*
Song – April 14 (tentative – weekend only)
Whiteface – April 14 or more (Wednesday-Sunday only)
Gore – April 21 (tentative – daily until April 14)

VERMONT : 10
Northeast Slopes – April 11 (new reopening for one day)*
Okemo – April 14
Stratton – April 14
Mad River Glen – April 21 (tentative – after April 14 weekend only)
Snow – April 21 (tentative – after April 14 weekend only)
Burke – April 21 (After April 14 weekend only)
Smugglers – April 21 (After April 14 weekend only)
Stowe – April 21
Jay – May 5 (tentative)
Sugarbush – May 5 (tentative)
Killington – June (tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 6
Black – April 14 (weekend only)
Cannon – April 21 14 (tentative – after April 15, weekend only)*
Loon – April 14
Waterville – April 14
Bretton Woods – April 15
Wildcat – May (tentative)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – April 28 (tentative – after April 15 weekend only)
Sugarloaf – May 5

MASSACHUSETTS : 1
Wachusett – April 13 14 (Saturday tentative weekend only)*

* Update: April 11, 11:50pm. A few confirmation, a few tentative extended dates and a few retractions.

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2019 post:
Eastern Closing Thread 2019 …No fooling around: Skiing is an April sport – Part 1

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.

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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

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!!!!

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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.

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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

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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: June 1 – Killington
2018: May 27 – MSS Killington on Saturday or on Sunday?

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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

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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

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!!!!

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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).

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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 1 – Killington
May 13 – MSS
2018 tentative:
June – Killington
May 27 – 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: June 1 – Killington
2018: Tentative June – Killington

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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

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