Posts Tagged ‘Closing Dates’

The Ski Mad World blog has had difficulty time with its only contributor, meaning moi, which was the pretty much the same situation as the 2015-16 Easter ski season. My skiing life is still active, it is just that my personal life has been going through some challenges. My online presence on this blog or elsewhere has virtually non-existent over the last two season.

Unlike last season, the 2015-16 Eastern Ski Season has had worst difficulties from its own contributor Mother Nature: too warm, too many thaws, rain, when it was snowing it was immediately followed by rain. With the exception of a few places that offered lift assisted skiing in October; it took a long time to get the season started.

If last December was the new November then this March was definitely the new April.

Last season Winter had a slow start; this season didn’t even really start in some cases. Snowmaking can just do so much, but when we have periods of record-breaking temperatures across the East, it’s hard to make snow. The local skiing around Ottawa has pretty good compared to ski areas South of the St. Lawrence Valley (Eastern Townships and Northeastern US).

This look at Ottawa’s Rideau Canal skateway tells the tale.

Last season:
– record-breaking in its 45th year: 59 uninterrupted skating days. February was – coldest on record since they started keeping track of temps over 150 years ago.
– terrible ski year in most of North America, but definitely not the East.

This season:
– shortest with only 18 days since opening on January 23rd. The runner-up for worst season was 26 days in 2001-02.
– February and December were amongst the warmest on record in this part of the World.
– terrible ski year in most of the East, but definitely not the West.
– El Niño

One of the bizarre things Ottawa witnessed weather wise is that during the record warm February, the city received a Valentine’s Day storm of 51cm, biggest single day snowfall (beating the 49cm received in March 2008). Unfortunately this snow event was limited to the North and didn’t have the effect of the V-Day storm of 2007 when it marked a turnaround for the season for most of the East. Everything South was falling as mostly rain.

Other terrible signs of a season to forget:

Mad River Glen was only open for 45 days, most of them being on the small Practice Slope. Like the 100″ of snow received, those days are less than half of what is to be expected at MRG. They closed on March 13.
Mont Sutton closed on March 27. Since the beginning of the ski area in 1960-61, that date was the second earliest closing date and only the third time the ski area closed in the month of March in its history. The earliest day was March 25, 2012, year of the mid-March heatwave.
Mont Chilly opened in late February and is still hoping for next weekend.

These three ski areas heavily rely on Natural Snow; the first two are definitely South of the St. Lawrence Valley. The line between good natural snow-covered and bad is strongly contrasted especially when comparing Eastern Québec’s Charlevoix, Saguenay and Gaspé Peninsula regions of Québec. Most of the ski areas still in operation in those regions are 100% open.

The localization and economic of this year ski numbers have moved North to the Laurentians and farther East at places like Le Massif which just one of the busiest Easter weekend in years. Since January ski resorts like Le Massif and Tremblant received a greater number of Americans mainly due to the lack of Winter in the main Eastern US ski areas.


Only 76 ski areas might open this weekend from North Carolina to Labrador, 45 being North (Laurentians, Québec City, Charlevoix, Saguenay, North Shore, Labrador) or East (Gaspé) of the St. Lawrence Valley which I believe is unprecedented. As I’m writing this, the Chic Chocs are getting another storm. The situation with closing dates in Eastern Québec hasn’t change yet, they often close with an abondance of snow. The question is, will a small number Southern skiing change the dynamic and provide a bit more incentive to last one or two weekends longer?

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2016 : 76 / 19
2015^: 82 / 38 (2nd weekend of April)
2014^: : 89 / 35 (2nd weekend of April)
2013 : 107 / 48
2012 : 29 / 11

Clearly the NE has never had such a small share of ski options for the first weekend in April. The end of 2012 was particular bad with its mid-March Winter Hating Heatwave which affected most of the East. This time it wasn’t limited to a particular event, but more to a part of the Eastern continent; the northern and east areas in Québec were a couple of degrees colder, enough to make a difference between snow and rain; snowmaking or not. The fact that the Easter was is generally an April target to aim is already past; many ski areas might have cut their lost and shutdown.

Although cold weather is moving in, it’s going to be too late for a number of ski areas. If you want to get some skiing done;

a) Go sooner rather than later

b) Be prepare to drive further.

c) Both

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.


QUEBEC 48 45**

Laurentians and Launaudière

Avalanche – April 3 (weekend only)
Avila – April 3 (weekend only)**
Belle-Neige – TBD
Blanc – April 3
Chanteclerc – April 10 3 (weekend only)**
Garceau – April 10 (tentative)
Habitant – April 3
La Réserve – April 10
Montcalm – April 10 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 8 14 (tentative)**
Tremblant – April 10
Vallée Bleue – April 3 or more (weekend only)
Val St-Côme – April 10

Eastern Townships:

Adstock – April 3
Bromont – TBD  April 3*
Orford – April 10 (tentative)
Owl’s Head – April 10 (tentative weekend only)

Quebec City area and north of St.Lawrence from Mauricie to the North Shore

Vallée du Parc – TBD April 3**
La Tuque – April 3
Le Relais – TBD
Ste.Anne – April 24
Stoneham – April 10
Orignal – April 10 (weekend only)
Massif du Sud – April 17 (tentative Friday-Sunday only)
Le Massif – April 10
Grand Fonds – April 3
Édouard – April 17
Le Valinouet – TBD April 24**
Bélu – NA**
Lac Vert – TBD (Friday-Sunday only)
Chalco – TBD (weekend only)
Gallix – April 10 (Friday-Sunday only)
Ti-Basse – April 10 (Thursday-Sunday only)

Gaspé Peninsula

Béchervaise – April 3 or more (weekend only)**
Cap Chat – TBD (weekend only)
Castor – TBD (Wednesday, Friday-Sunday only)
Comi – May (tentative Wednesday-Sunday only)
Miller – TBD
Pin Rouge – April 17 (Friday-Sunday only tentative)
St-Mathieu – April 10 (weekend only)
Val Neigette – April 3 10 (weekend only – tentative)**
Val d’Irène – April 17 (Friday-Monday only)

Outaouais and Abitibi

Camp Fortune – April 10 or more
Cascades – April 3? (weekend only)
Mont Chilly – April 3? (not impossible weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 3? (Friday-Sunday only)
Kanasuta – April 2 (Saturday only)
Vidéo – April 10 (weekend only)

ONTARIO : 4 3*
Blue – TBD
Calabogie Peaks – TBD
Kamiskotia – NA*
Loch Lomond – April 3 or more (Friday-Sunday only)

Farlagne – April 3 (weekend only)

Marble – April 3 (tentative)
Smokey Mountain – late April (tentative)
White Hills – April 3

NEW YORK : 3 2**
Bristol – April 3** April 1 last day
Gore – April 3 (weekend only)
Whiteface – April 10

Jay – TBD
Killington – TBD
Okemo – April 3
Smugglers – April 3
Snow – April 3
Stowe – April 24
Stratton – April 10
Sugarbush – TBD

Bretton Woods – April 3
Cannon – April 10
Loon – April 10
Sunapee – April 3 (weekend only tentative)*
Waterville – April 3 (Friday-Sunday only)
Wildcat – TBD

Sugarloaf – TBD
Sunday River – May 1

Appalachian – April 2 (tentative)

*Updates: March 31
**Updates: April 1

source : LaPresse 29 mars, 2016, André Dubuc : Stations de ski: un hiver à oublier pour l’Estrie

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After the warm temperatures of one week ago, the pendular is swinging back into some freezing temperatures with chances of snow accumulation in the higher elevations and in parts of Quebec like the Saguenay and Gaspe. That being said, nothing is going to stop the wave of ski area closure as we moved closer to May. Sometimes its melting snow or melting motivation from ski areas or the skiing public to make the lifts spins.

The number of ski areas spinning tentative opened this weekend has dropped from 39 to 13 with only 5 ski areas open midweek. Eastern North America skiing is limited to Quebec and New England, mostly located in the Green Mountains or Eastern Quebec.

This week’s forecast shouldn’t to hard on the snowpack, however will the skiers show up? Help out the remaining ski areas and go skiing. Show you care and grateful that they are still spinning for you.

Open DAILY : 5

QUEBEC : 3 6**

Sutton – April 26 (weekend only – tentative)**
Ste.Anne – April 26 (weekend only)
Le Valinouet – April 26 (weekend only – tentative)*
Comi – April 26 (Fri-Sun only)**
Miller – May 3 (weekend only -tentative-  closed this weekend) ***
St-Sauveur – May 10 or more (weekend only)


Okemo – April 26 (Fri-Sun only – tentative)*
Jay – May (tentative – daily this week)
Sugarbush – May 3 (tentative – daily this week)
Killington – June (tentative – daily this week)


Wildcat – May 3 (tentative – daily this week)


Sugarloaf – May (tentative – daily this week)
Sunday River – May 2 (weekend only)

* Update : April 23, 2015, 2:30pm : Okemo confirmed, Le Valinouet is done
** Update : April 23, 2015, 4:00pm : Miller confirmed, Sutton, Comi are done
*** update: April 24, 2015, 5:00pm : Miller isnt opening due to the weather, will try next weekend.

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2015 post:
Early Easter, late Spring : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 1
Melting…snow and list are melting : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 2

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First day back at my computer after 4 glorious Spring skiing days in the East.

After giving us one post-Easter weekend, half of the remaining ski areas called it a season this week. Spring weather arrived late, but there is no question about it, the consistent below freezing temperature are past us. The East has seen above seasonal temperature hovering close in the 15-20c (60-70F) in the last few days. Like the snow on the ground, the remaining ski areas has been reduced significantly as we head into the second half of April. Regardless of the heat, East North America still have 40 ski areas that are planning to spin this coming weekend. This is number is similar to last April at this time (Easter weekend), but definitely better than average for the past decade.

Here is a detailed count tracked down by Ski Mad World in the previous seasons:

2014 : 38
2013: 26
2012: 3
2011: 16
2010: 5
2009: 9
2008: 15
2007: 23

Approximately one-third of the ski areas are located in Quebec (14) which are evenly split between West and Eastern Quebec. Fourteen is also the number of ski areas still in the game in Vermont and New Hampshire. The only other Eastern States and provinces with are planning to spin their lifts next weekend are in New York (4), Maine (3), Ontario (2), Newfoundland & Labrador (1), Nova Scotia (1) and … Pennsylvania (1). The number is also evenly split between Canada and the United States; ski areas spinning daily versus weekend only. The vast major of daily operations are limited to the surrounding Montreal areas (Laurentians and Eastern Townships) and Vermont where almost every ski areas in these regions are running daily.

Looking ahead, a few diehards are looking to go into late April, May or even June in Killington’s case. Will Killington make it to June for the first time since 2002 or only the second time since 1997? Over the last couple of Springs, Killington has been decided to regain its reputation into pushing the season as long as possible. There are also no strangers into the others trying to spin in May. We find the familiar names of Mont St-Sauveur, Jay Peak, Sugarbush, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Wildcat and Murdochville’s Mont Miller that will spin as long as people show up in this remote town situated in the middle of the Gaspe Peninsula.

Get out there and makes some turns. I’m definitely going back skiing.

Open DAILY : 19


West Quebec (Montreal and surrounding regions)

Vidéo – April 18 (Saturday only)
Tremblant – April 19
Bromont – April 19
Camp Fortune – April 19 (Thurs-Sun only)
Orford – April 19 or more*
Sutton – April 26 19 or more*
St-Sauveur – May 10 or more (tentative)

East (Quebec City area to the Gaspé)

Le Relais – April 19
Massif du Sud – April 19 (Fri-Sun only – according to weather)
Édouard- April 19 (weekend only)
Ste.Anne – April 26 (weekend only)
Le Valinouet – April 26 (Fri-Sun only)
Comi – April 26 (Fri-Sun only)
Miller – late April-early May (weekend only – tentative)

ONTARIO : 1 2 **

Blue – April 19 or more* (weekend only – tentative)*
Calabogie Peaks – April 19 (weekend only – according to weather) **


Cape Smokey – April 19 or more* (Saturday only – tentative)*


Smokey Mountain – April 19 (Fri-Sun only)

NEW YORK : 3 4*

Song – April 19 (weekend only)
Royal – April 19 (weekend only)
Gore – April 19 (weekend only)
Whiteface – April 19 (weekend only)

VERMONT : 9 8*** 

Magic – April 19 (weekend only)***
Snow – April 19 (Fri-Sun only)
Smugglers – April 19
Stowe – April 19
Mad River Glen – April 20 (tentative)
Okemo – April 26 (tentative)*
Jay – May (tentative)
Sugarbush – May 3 (tentative)
Killington – June (tentative)


Abenaki – April 18 (Saturday only – no tow)
Cannon – April 19
Loon – April 19
Sunapee – April 19
Bretton Woods – April 20 (Sat-Mon only)
Wildcat – May 3 (tentative)


Saddleback – April 19 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – May TBD*
Sunday River – May 2


Big Boulder – April 19 (weekend only – tentative)*

* Update : April 17, 2015 at 9:00am
** Update : April 17, 2015 at 1:00pm
*** Update : April 17, 2015 at 9:00pm

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2015 post:
Early Easter, late Spring : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 1

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As observed with my own skis last Saturday and mentioned in the last post, Hang Over!!!

As planned, Killington is open for Friday to Sunday with no word on a closing date, however…

Some people are hoping that MSS and/or Jay will change their minds and give us an extra weekend. Odds are low, but I’ve also seen a snowstorms in May. MSS made it to May 19 last season.

Well, Mont St-Sauveur decided to add an extra weekend and open for Victoria Day weekend. The ski camp is over, so they’ll open at a normal 9am. Is it MSS’s last weekend? They aren’t saying, but this has a sense of Déjà Vu from last season. MSS has a special problem, the ski run and their waterpark overlap. The MSS waterpark open on June 9 and they need to clear the snow. Oh yeah, they also have Game #1 between the Rangers and Canadiens game at the bar. Geez, the NHL scheduling afternoon games again. This is not a Canadian hockey tradition.

As for Jay Peak, last I checked, they were definitely closed for the season.

So, instead of only Killington open, there are two options for this weekend. Although the forecast isn’t great, they’ll be skiing.

Mont St-Sauveur :
Price : $20 for all
Run : Hill 70 West
Lift : L’Étoile Quad
Vertical: approx. 607′ (185m)
When : Saturday to Monday May 19
Time : 9 to 5

Killington :
Price : $54 (for adults) – (passholders or lift ticket from anywhere this season? 50% off on Friday or 25% on weekend).
Run with walking required : Skye Lark-Bittersweet, Skye Hawk and Superstar*
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Vertical: 1199′ (365m)
When : Friday to Sunday May 18
Time : 8 to 5 (weekend – 9am on Friday) 9am start for Saturday*

For the record, so far this hasn’t been much different from last season. MSS closed on May 19 while Kmart stretch it out to May 26. May 19 isn’t the latest for MSS; they closed on May 22 in 2011 and made to June 2 once. As for Kmart, they closed regularly in June in the mid 1980s and 1990s.

* Update : May 16 : 6:00pm
Killington is down to Superstar according to Friday evening condition report. Odds of skiing ending this weekend in the East has increase.

** Update : May 17 : 4:30pm
It’s official; Killington will be closing tomorrow, Sunday May 18. No confirmation from MSS if Monday is their last day.


Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2
Late Easter, Late Spring, Late Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 3
The Day After Easter Monday – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part4
May Skiing : Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part 5
May It, No Ski It : Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 5 1/2
Oh Mother !!! Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part 6
Hang Over !!! Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 7

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Oh Mother!!! Letting the dust settle on an incredible weekend of May Spring Skiing at the last three ski areas standing : Mont St-Sauveur, Jay and Killington. Finally the weather cooperated and people turned out to enjoy the rays and the fresh corn.

Who’s season is over?
Who’s hanging on for an extra weekend?

Killington says “Yes”!!!

They are scheduled to spin the Superstar Express on Friday to Sunday. Going as long as they can. Is it going to be the last weekend? Or can they make it to Memorial Day weekend?

Thanks for a great weekend. We’ll see you all Friday, May 16 for another weekend of super spring skiing and riding.

Intermediate and advanced skiing and riding available at this time. No beginner terrain is available. Late season conditions exist and walking may be required on some routes; please be aware and ski and ride responsibly.

The Superstar Express Quad is scheduled to operate 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Fridays and 8:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays as long as conditions permit. We will be closed for skiing and riding Monday-Thursday.

Before going in the weekend, Jay Peak and Mont St-Sauveur mentioned that the past weekend was going to be their last.

Jay Peak has snow. MSS has so much snow, that they have put on Ad to give it away via Kijiji.

Some people are hoping that MSS and/or Jay will change their minds and give us an extra weekend. Odds are low, but I’ve also seen a snowstorms in May. MSS made it to May 19 last season.

So without a surprise update, it looks like Killington will be the last one spinning. If there is a change or not, I’ll update this post with the latest information prior to the weekend.

Previous last day of the season:

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 ?? – Killington???

Historically Killington has generally been the last to close in the East, 14 times closing in June, however things have changed since the last time they stopped spinning in June back in 2002. Over the past decade Kmart hasn’t dominated the competition or even been close to being the last to spin in the East. Spring is here and the dark years seem to be over for fans of last skiing at Kmart.

Last to close since 2006:

Mont St-Sauveur : 6 times (4)*
Killington : 3rd times with this season?
Sugarloaf : 2
Sugarbush : 2 (1)*
Jay Peak : 2 (0)*
Bretton Woods : 1 in 2006
Wildcat : 1 in 2007
* Sugarloaf might have closed on the Monday after the last weekend in 2009 and 2010


Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2
Late Easter, Late Spring, Late Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 3
The Day After Easter Monday – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part4
May Skiing : Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part 5
May It, No Ski It : Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 5 1/2
Oh Mother !!! Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part 6

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Oh mother!!! The weather was less than stellar this past weekend; some didn’t open due to it (Sutton) or didn’t open on Sunday (Comi). Wildcat had called it a season before the weekend. So besides Mont Comi spinning on Saturday and calling it a season, we also had Sugarbush and Sugarloaf ending the season in iffy weather.

Now in the mid-range forecast, favorable weather to make some turns midweek, but no one will be spinning. At Jay Peak, there is even talked of rain or snow for Tuesday. No one will be spinning until next weekend (Friday in Kmart case) where three ski areas, the last three of the season. Long-range forecast for the three areas isn’t great (see links below), but that is still a few days away. Two for them are talking that Mothers’ Day will be their last day of the 2013-14 season. Killington is talking about going as long as possible. Not sure of the terrain. Stay tune for a potential update towards the end of the week.

How many times have these three ski areas been the last three? Pretty clear these were the odds favorites.

Mont St-Sauveur QC and weatherMay 11 (weekend only)
MSS will have potentially 2 trails (Nordique and 70), skiing from 11am to 5pm (ski camps are happening in this week and early hours this weekend). Lift ticket: $20

Jay Peak VT and weatherMay 11 (weekend only)*
Update : Jay will have 3 trails : Jet, Haynes and Interstate with the Triple and the Metro Quad.
Jay might have the most trails. Generally Jay ends the season with The Jet, however the Tramside was still open yesterday. No word if they are still going to run a lift on the Tramside for their last weekend, all will depend on the week. Jay will be charging $49 for adults and lifts were running 8:30 to 4 last weekend.

Killington VT and weatheras long as possible (Friday-Sunday only)**
Update : Kmart will have Skye Lark/Bittersweet and Superstar open.
Kmart will have the Superstar Express on Skye Peak. The official trail count is 6 if all the 10 trails will survive the week, but Superstar is definitely going on until the end, whenever that is going to be. Lift times: 9 to 5 on Friday, 8 to 5 on weekend. Price last weekend were $54 for Adults. There are also some deals like if you have a season pass from another ski area.

*Update : May 7, 6:30pm
**Update : May 8, 9:15pm


Last Three since Spring 2006 including this season:

Mont St-Sauveur QC : 9 times out of 9.
Jay Peak VT : 6 times out of 9 (6 of the last 7 years).
Killington VT : 5 times out of 9 (last 3 years).
Sugarloaf ME : 5 times out of 9.
Sugarbush VT : 4 times out of 9 – not since 2009
Wildcat NH in 2007.
Bretton Woods NH in 2006.

Last Three per season :
2014 : Kmart + MSS + Jay (final order to be determined)
2013 : Kmart, MSS, Loaf
2012 : MSS, Jay, Kmart
2011 : MSS, Jay, Loaf
2010 : MSS + Jay + Loaf
2009 : MSS, Jay, Bush, Loaf
2008 : MSS, Loaf, Jay + Bush
2007 : MSS + Cat + Bush + Kmart
2006 : Bretton Woods, Kmart, MSS + Bush + MSA

And the next post will be, who is the last close?


Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2
Late Easter, Late Spring, Late Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 3
The Day After Easter Monday – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part4
May Skiing : Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part 5
May It, No Ski It : Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 5 1/2

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Part Five into Fifth month of 2014 and Eighth month since Eastern liftserved skiing first started last October at Killington over seven months ago and a few ski areas are looking to carrying the season for one or more weekends.

The great Spring season of 2014 continues and the usual players are still spinning. The Eastern ski geography is now down to Quebec and New England. The three Quebec ski areas will be closed midweek, however three New England ski areas (Jay, Kmart and Loaf) will be running daily. For these three ski areas plus the two other potential weekend US areas; they are a much shorter drive to get to for the majority of Quebecers than Rimouski’s Mont Comi who was almost at 100% open on natural snow last weekend.

Unfortunately for other remote ski areas like Le Valinouet, Mont Miller, Val d’Irène or Smokey in Labrador…they still had tons of snow, but the population base isn’t there.

So here is this week’s list: Quebec’s Mont Sutton and Mont Comi haven’t open in May since Ski Mad World has been keeping track of the late season closings back in 2006. Wildcat has been only been to May once. The five others (Jay, Bush, Kmart, Loaf and MSS) have made it more than half the years. If you look at the previous years names below, it is always the same five names that you tend to see.

As of Monday morning, only three ski areas are open daily and three of the eight ski areas hoping to open next weekend are tentative. Only three ski areas have also talked about adding at least a second May weekend. Of course, this can change extremely fast, so check at the ski areas to confirm before making the drive.



QUEBEC : 3 2

Mont Comi QC – May 4 (weekend only)
Mont St-Sauveur QC – May 11 (weekend only)
Mont Sutton QC – May 3 (tentative Saturday only)***


Jay Peak VT – May 11 (daily)
Killington VT – TBD (daily)
Sugarbush VT – May 4 (tentative weekend only)**
Sugarloaf ME – May 4 (daily)
Wildcat NH – May 4 (tentative weekend only)*

* Update May 1, 8:30am:
First word from one of the three tentatives for the weekend. Weather is pretty wet for the next few days. Wildcat will not reopen this weekend and are done for the season. News (spin or not) on Sugarbush and Sutton might happen later today.

** Update May 1, 2:45pm:
Sugarbush is going to be open. $50 includes a round of golf.

*** Update May 2, 12:00pm:
Forecast rain is making it difficult. Mont Sutton just announced that they will not reopen due to the forecast and calling it a season. Their last day was April 21.


This is what was happening at the same time in previous years:

2013 : 4 (Killington, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf & MSS)
2012 : 1 (MSS)
2011 : 7 (Jay, Killington, Saddleback, Sugarbush, Sugarloaf, Miller & MSS)
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)

Go skiing…not many liftserved options left in the East.


Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2
Late Easter, Late Spring, Late Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 3
The Day After Easter Monday – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 Part4

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Maybe this should be called EASTER Closing Thread instead?

On the other side of the late Easter weekend and as anticipated, many called it a season. The amount of options for midweek and the weekend have dropped considerably. This Easter weekend we were looking at 38 ski areas still spinning lifts, now the number still going it on this rainy Tuesday is only 5: all located in New England (Jay, Sugarbush, Killington and Sugarloaf).

None of the Eastern Canadian ski areas will be open midweek as Mont St-Sauveur is now mainly only open for camps. A grand total of 13 ski areas will try to open on the April 26-27 weekend which is more than in recent seasons. Four of the Eastern late season regulars (St-Sauveur, Jay, Sugarbush & Killington) have mentioned a May closing like Sugarloaf and Mont Sutton haven’t set a closing date openly. A few lesser known ski areas like Eastern Quebec’s Mont Comi and Le Valinouet are even openly talking about possibly making it to May. The driving factor for these remote areas, places like Mont Miller, Val d’Irère and Smokey Mountain which closed this past weekend, is how many people shows up to buy lifts tickets?

Of course, all of this depends of the weather; some like MSS will not open if the weather sucks and no one shows up, but at this time, the main concern is heat and rain. The week prior to Easter saw a Summer like Monday, followed by a snow/rain Tuesday followed by warm weather again for the last 3 days.

Although the end of the season shutdown is always too soon for some, the good news for those that like riding lifts is that a few more ski areas have real hopes onto making into May.



Comi – May 4 (weekend only)
Orford – April 27 (tentative weekend only)*
Ste-Anne – April 27 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 11 (weekend only and tentative to nice weather)
Sutton – May 3 – Closed this weekend** (tentative weekend only)
Le Valinouet – May 3 (Friday*-weekend only)*


Blue – April 27 (tentative weekend only)****

NEW YORK : 0**

Whiteface – April 27 (tentative weekend only)**


Jay – May 11 or more (tentative)
Killington – May 3 minimum
Sugarbush – May 4 (everyday till April 27 then tentative weekend)


Wildcat – April 27 May 4 (tentative weekend only)***


Sugarloaf – TBD


Jay VT
Killington VT
Sugarbush VT
Sugarloaf ME

*Update : April 23, 3:00pm
Mont Orford is calling it a season with this week’s rain and the weekend forecast.
With the new snow, Le Valinouet has decided to also open this Friday as well as the weekend.

**Update : April 24 : 5:30pm
Wildcat has confirmed weekend opening.
Whiteface is done for the season.
Mont Sutton will be closed this weekend due to the forecast. They will try to open Saturday May 3rd.

***Update : April 24 : 8:30pm
Wildcat has confirmed it will try to reopen for May 3rd weekend.

****Update : April 25 : 12:00pm
Blue Mountain has confirmed weekend opening.


Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2
Late Easter, Late Spring, Late Skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 3

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I’m typing this as the temperature here in Ottawa has just reached 25C (78F); the warmest day in town since last September. There is a little patch of snow left on my front lawn, but it might not survive the day, especially after another downpour forecast overnight. The last week had an incredible stretch of Spring weather and skiing conditions have been in prime Spring mode. The deep snowpack is melting and the rivers are high. The fact that it rained yesterday didn’t help, although the heavy rain came in the evening, but all of the Ottawa local ski areas and some in part of Quebec were closed yesterday due to the risk of daytime rain. Most of the East is getting the heat for one day before the temperature drop below freezing with precipitations (rain or/and snow) for tomorrow Tuesday in higher elevations or latitude.

As mentioned last week, thanks to late storms, cold March and late Easter Holiday this year, it made some ski areas to target the third weekend of April to offer skiers one last Holiday skiing. As of Monday morning, 40 ski areas are still hoping to open for sometime during Easter weekend. For a comparison, only 26 and 3 ski areas remained at this time in the previous two Springs.

Here is a detailed count tracked down by Ski Mad World in the previous seasons:

2013: 26
2012: 3
2011: 16
2010: 5
2009: 9
2008: 15
2007: 23

So yeah, it has been a great season to get extra late turns. Although we have 39 ski areas which haven’t locked the door until next Fall, only 15 of them will spin midweek which are the bigger resorts in the East. Unfortunately after the Easter weekend, the total number of ski areas will be limited only a dozen the diehard ski areas servicing the diehard skiers.

There is great coverage in some places, even at hills that have closed…go out, ski and encourage the ski areas to spin for another week.



Bromont – April 21
Camp Fortune – April 20 (Fri-Sun only)*
Kanasuta – April 19 (Fri-Sat only)*
Orford – April 27 (Fri-Sun only then tentative)
Owl’s Head – April 21 (Fri-Easter Monday only)
St-Sauveur – May 11
Sutton – April 21 or maybe May
Tremblant – April 21
Vallée Bleue _ April 19 (tentative Fri-Sat only)*
Val St-Côme – April 20 (tentative Fri-Sun only)(check on forecast for Sat-Sun)*

Chalco – TBD (Wed, weekend only)
Comi – April 21 or more (Wed-Easter Monday only)
Grand Fonds – April 19 (Saturday only)
Le Massif – April 20 (Fri-Sun only)
Massif du Sud – April 27 (Fri-Sun only then tentative)
Miller – April 20 (weekend only)
Ste.Anne – April 27 (next Fri-Mon only)
St-Mathieu – April 20 (weekend only)
Val d’Irène – April 20 (Fri-Sun only)
Le Valinouet – April 20 (Fri-Sun only)


Blue – April 21
Calabogie Peaks – April 20 (tentative weekend only)


Smokey Mountain – April 20 (every day only)*


Bristol – April 19 (tentative Fri-Sat only)*
Gore – April 20 (Wed-Sun only)
Royal – April 20 (weekend only)*
Song – April 18 (tentative Fri only)*
Whiteface – April 20 or more


Jay – May 11 or more (tentative)
Killington – May 3 minimum
Smugglers – April 20
Stowe – April 20
Sugarbush – TBD


Bretton Woods – April 21 (Fri-Mon only)
Cannon – April 20
Loon – April 20
Wildcat – April 27 (after Easter Monday, weekend only)*


Saddleback – April 20 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – TBD
Sunday River – April 21

* Updated : April 17, 11:00pm

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2014 post:
Spring skiing is just starting, but …
Where Are We At? – Eastern Closing Thread 2013-14 – Part 2

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So where are we at for the 2013-2014 ski season? Is there still skiing out there and where? The 2013-14 ski season has been fantastic North of the St. Lawrence valley with great stretch of below freezing temps and snow, while areas South have had some issues with lack of snow and some thaw in January, but got hammered with storms and cold weather in March so the snow remained excellent and deep.

Despite the deep snowpack, April is normally the time when the lifts stop spinning almost everywhere. It is either by lack of snow or lack for ticket buying customers.

Many ski areas made it to April this year, so I didn’t bother compiling the list for April’s first weekend. Like I mentioned last week, Spring skiing is just starting… with this cold month of March, but regardless, a bunch of ski areas closed last weekend and an equally important number while call it quits this weekend. But we can’t complain too much, a potential of 82 ski areas for the second weekend of April is much better than the 47 from last year or the disastrous 9 in 2012.

Close to half of the ski areas planning to open this weekend are in Quebec and many are only operating on weekends. Before heading out at the ski hill, you better confirm with the ski hills as this time of the season; ski areas might changed their plans with lack of good weather, snow or skiers. If you want to get some Spring skiing, you better get out now while someone is still spinning. Some ski resorts will try to make to Easter, maybe a few in May, but many will not.

EDIT*** : A problem with the Mont Edouard lift has forced them to shutdown for the season instead of making to Easter weekend.



Montreal, Laurentians and Launaudière

Chanteclerc – April 12 (Saturday only)***
Garceau – April 13 (weekend only)
Montcalm – April 13 (weekend only)
Rigaud – April 13 (tentative – weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 11****
Tremblant – April 21
Vallée Bleue – April 13 (weekend only)
Val St-Côme – April 20 (Fri-Sun)***

Eastern Townships:

Bromont – April 21**
Orford – April 27 (tentative)
Owl’s Head – TBD
Sutton – April 21 or more

Québec City to North Shore
Le Relais – April 13
Ste.Anne – April 27
Stoneham April 13 (weekend only)
Orignal – April 13 (weekend only)
Massif du Sud – April 27 (tentative – Fri-Sun only)
Le Massif – April 20 (tentative – weekend only)
Grand Fonds – April 12 (tentative Saturday only)***
Édouard – April 20 (weekend only)****
Le Valinouet – April 21****
Lac Vert – April 12 (Saturday only)
Chalco – TBD
Ti-Basse – April 13 (weekend only)
Gallix – April 12 (Saturday only)

Gaspé Peninsula

Bérchervaise – April 13 (weekend only)
Cap Chat – April 12 or more (weekend only)
Castor – April 13 (weekend only)
Comi – April 21 or more (Wed-Sun only)
Miller – April 20 (Fri-Sun only)
St-Mathieu – April 13 (weekend only)
Val Neigette – April 13 (weekend only)
Val d’Irène – April 20 (Fri-Sun only)

Outaouais and Abitibi

Camp Fortune – April 20 (tentative)***
Cascades – April 13 (weekend only)***
Mont Chilly – April 13 (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 13 (weekend only)
Kanasuta – April 19 (weekend only)
Vidéo – April 13 or more (weekend only)


Blue – April 21 (tentative)
Calabogie Peaks – TBD
Dufour – April 19 (tentative weekend only)
Kamiskotia – April 20 (tentative weekend only)
Laurentian – April 12 (Saturday only)***
Searchmont – April 20 (weekend only)
Adanac (Sudbury) – April 14 (tentative)***
Capreol (Sudbury) – April 14 (tentative)***
Lively (Sudbury) – April 14 (tentative)


Farlagne – April 13 (weekend only)


Smokey Mountain – April 20


Belleayre – April 13 (Thurs-Sun)***
Bristol – April 13 (weekend only)
Gore – April 20 (Wed-Sun only)***
Holiday Valley – April 13 (weekend only)
Holimont – April 13
Hunter – April 13
Plattekill – April 13 (tentative Sunday only)**
Song – April 13 (maybe Fri, weekend only)***
West – April 13 (Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 20 or more***


Burke – April 13 (weekend only)
Jay – May 11 or more (tentative)
Killington – May 3 minimum
Mad River Glen – April 13
Snow – April 13
Okemo – April 13
Smugglers – April 20
Stowe – April 20
Stratton – April 13
Sugarbush – TBD


Abenaki – April 12 (weekend only)
Bretton Woods – April 21
Cannon – April 20
Loon – April 20
Sunapee – April 13
Wildcat – TDB


Abram – April 12 (Saturday only)***
Bigrock – April 12*
Black – April 13 (Fri-Sun only)
Lonesome Pine – April 13 (weekend only)*
Saddleback – April 20 (weekend only)
Squaw – April 13 (tentative Fri-Sun only)***
Sugarloaf – TBD
Sunday River – April 21


Jiminy Peak – April 13 (tentative weekend only)***
Wachusett – April 13 (tentative Fri-Sun only)***


Blue – April 13 (weekend only)**

*Edit : April 9, 12:15am
**Edit : April 10, 11:45pm
***Edit : April 11, 11:30pm
****Edit : April 12, 10:00pm

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