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Raining here in Ottawa, snow showers in the Gaspé Peninsula and I’m not even talking about California. Many ski areas objective was Easter and now that Easter has passed, so has many ski seasons. Fifty-three to sixteen, that is the difference one mid-April Easter weekend can do to the open ski areas count. Eastern Québec was still pretty deep with often 100% of their runs open, but interest in late season there as everywhere else, is fading. Skiing close to Montreal will be limited to St-Sauveur and Northern Vermont, all the other Quebec ski areas are all East of Québec City.

The midweek lift options are totally non-existent in Québec; however that isn’t the case yet in New England ski areas where everyone, but one, are running lifts daily.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2017 : 16 / 7
2016 : 14 / 8
2015 : 10 / 7
2014 : 11 / 5
2013 : 8 / 4
2012 : 6 / 3

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.
Remember, the ski season is never over, it just moves elsewhere.

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 16 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Only 6 areas spinning daily

QUEBEC 9
Édouard – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Valinouet – April 23 (weekend only)
Val d’Irène – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 30 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Massif du Sud – April 30 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne – April 30 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 14 (weekend only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)
Comi – TBD (weekend only)

VERMONT : 4
Stowe – April 23 (daily)
Sugarbush – April 30 (daily until April 23)
Jay – May 7 (daily)
Killington – June (daily until April 30 then Fri-Sun only)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 1
Wildcat – May (tentative – daily until April 23)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – May 1 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – May 1 (daily)

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2
Heading for late Easter skiing – Eastern Closing Update 2017 – Week 3

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Not much time to write, too much skiing to be had. The last few days have been closer to Spring skiing with Summer temps at many Eastern ski areas. The heat made way today for a cooling of temperatures and rain. Despite the heat and rain, many ski areas have enough coverage to probably make to their Easter weekend goal. Skiing options will greatly diminish after Easter with less than half of them keeping the option open for spinning the lifts again once all the chocolate eggs are eaten.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2017 : 53 / 19
2016 : 27 / 8
2015 : 39 / 22
2014 : 38 / 15
2013 : 25 / 12
2012 : 10 / 6

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 52 53 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND**

QUEBEC 26 28**
Québec West
Val St-Côme – April 14 (Friday only)
Vallée Bleue – April 16 (Friday open, tentative Saturday-Sunday only)**
Belle-Neige – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
La Réserve – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Camp Fortune – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Owl’s Head – April 17 (Friday-Monday only)
Bromont – April 17
Tremblant – April 17
Orford – April 15 17 and more TBD (Friday-Saturday onlyMonday for Easter long weekend)**
Sutton – April 17 and more TBD
St-Sauveur – May 14

Québec East
Tobo-Ski – No information**
Castor – April 15 (tentative Friday-Saturday only)**
Val Neigette – April 15 (tentative Friday-Saturday only)
St-Mathieu – April 15 (Friday-Saturday only)
Chalco – April 16 (weekend open Saturday and tentative Sunday only)**
Stoneham – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Massif – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Relais – April 17
Miller – April 16 and more TBD (weekend only)
Comi – April 17 and more TBD (Thursday-Monday Easter long weekend only, tentative for late weekend)
Massif du Sud – April 23 (Friday-Monday Easter only, tentative for late weekend)
Édouard – April 23 (Friday-Sunday plus Easter Monday only)
Le Valinouet – April 23 (after Easter Monday, weekend only)
Lac Vert – April 23 (Friday-Monday Easter only, tentative for following weekend)
Val d’Irène – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 30 (tentative Friday-Sunday only)
Ste-Anne – April 30 (tentative – After Easter Monday, weekend only)

ONTARIO : 1
Calabogie Peaks – April 15 16 (Friday-Saturday Sunday only)**

NEW BRUNSWICK : 2
Farlagne – April 15 16 (tentative Friday-Sunday Saturday only)**
Crabbe – April 17 (Friday-Monday only)

NOVA SCOTIA : 1
Tuonela – April 16

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 3 2**
Marble – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)**
White Hills – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Smokey – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 3
Belleayre – April 16 (tentative – Weekend only) (Saturday open, tentative Sunday)**
Gore – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 16 or more TBD (Thursday-Sunday weekend)*

VERMONT : 8
Burke – April 16 (weekend only)
Okemo – April 16
Smugglers’ – April 16
Snow – April 16
Stowe – April 23
Sugarbush – May 1 (tentative – daily until April 23)
Jay – May 7
Killington – June

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 6
Black – April 15 (tentative Saturday only)**
Waterville – April 16 (weekend only)
Cannon – April 16
Loon – April 16
Bretton Woods – April 17
Wildcat – April 30 (tentative)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – May 1
Sugarloaf – TBD

*Update: April 13
**Update: April 14: Note: Marble is reopening two weeks after it’s official closure

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1
April Snow, April Showers – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Week 2

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The last week has been a microcosm of the 2016-17 season in most of the East; a good accumulation of snow followed by a few days of rain. The rain has washed hopes for some ski areas of spinning for the season week of April, let alone reaching Easter. If that isn’t enough, it going to get pretty warm early next week.

But regardless of the rain that fell this week, and is continuing at this moment, across most of ski country; we will have one of the biggest choices of open ski areas that we’ve been recently accustomed to for the second weekend in April. But don’t wait to Easter weekend if you still want to make get some lift served turns, half of the following ski areas won’t make it to Easter.

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

What once again: “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 92 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND

QUEBEC 48
West Québec
Chilly – April 9 (weekend only) – no information*
Kanasuta – April 8 (Saturday only)
Cascades – April 9? (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 9 (tentative – weekend only)*
Rigaud – April 9 (tentative weekend only)*
Avalanche – April 9 (weekend only)
Avila – April 9 (weekend only)
Blanc – April 9 (weekend only)
Chanteclerc – April 9 (weekend only)
Garceau – April 9 (weekend only)
Habitant – April 9 (weekend only)
Montcalm – April 9 (weekend only)
Vidéo – April 15 (tentative weekend only)
La Réserve – April 16 (tentative – weekend only)
Camp Fortune – April 16 (tentative)
Belle-Neige – April 16 (Friday-Monday only)
Vallée Bleue – April 16 (Friday-Sunday only)
Val St-Côme – April 16 (tentative weekend only)
Bromont – April 16 TBD (tentative)
Tremblant – April 17
Orford – April 17
Sutton – April 23 – TBD (tentative)
St-Sauveur – May 14
Owl’s Head – TBD

East Québec
Pin Rouge – April 9 (tentative – weekend only)
Gleason – April 9 (Sunday only)
Orignal – April 9 (weekend only)
Vallée du Parc – April 9 (weekend only)
Tobo-Ski – April 9 (weekend only)
Ti-Basse – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Béchervaise – April 9 (weekend only)
Cap Chat – April 9 (weekend only)
Castor – April 9 or more TBD (Friday-Sunday only)
Chalco – April 16 (weekend only)
St-Mathieu – April 15 (weekend only)
Stoneham – April 16
Le Massif – April 16
Le Relais – April 17
Édouard – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Massif du Sud – April 23 (tentative Friday-Sunday (Easter Monday only))
Le Valinouet – April 23
Lac Vert – April 23 (tentative for closing weekend. Wednesday, Friday-Monday then weekend)
Val d’Irène – April 23 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 30 (tentative Friday-Sunday only)
Ste-Anne – April 30
Val Neigette – May 7 (tentative- weekend only)
Comi – late TDB (tentative Wednesday-Sunday only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)

ONTARIO : 2
Blue – April 9
Calabogie Peaks – Easter weekend (tentative)*

NEW BRUNSWICK : 2
Farlagne – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Crabbe – April 17

NOVA SCOTIA : 2
Tuonela – April No information
Cape Smokey – April 9 or more (weekends only)

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 2
White Hills – April 16 (Wednesday-Sunday only)
Smokey – late April (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 6
Plattekill – April 9 8 (tentative Saturday weekend only)*
Woods Valley – April 9 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Hunter – April 9 (weekend only)
Belleayre – April 16 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 16 or more (tentative. After next Monday, will reopen on weekend only)
Gore – TBD

VERMONT : 13
Mad River Glen – April 9 (tentative – Sunday only)*
Bolton – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Magic – April 9 (weekend only)
Pico – April 9 (weekend only)
Stratton – April 9
Burke – April 16
Okemo – April 16
Smugglers’ – April 16
Snow – April 16
Stowe – April 23
Sugarbush – May 1 (tentative)
Jay – May 7 (tentative) “Mayish”
Killington – June

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 9
Sunapee – April 9
Attitash – April 9 (weekend only)
Black – April 9 (weekend only)
Crotched – April 9 (weekend only)
Cannon – April 16
Loon – April 16
Waterville – April 16
Bretton Woods – April 17
Wildcat – April 30 (tentative)

MAINE : 5
Abram – April 8 (Saturday only)
Bigrock – April 9 (weekend only)
Black – April 9 (Friday-Sunday only)
Sunday River – May 1
Sugarloaf – TBD

MASSACHUSETTS : 2
Wachusett – April 9 or more TBD (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Jimmy Peak – April 16 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

PENNSYLVANIA : 1
Big Boulder – April 9 or more TBD (weekend only)

*Update: Friday April 7, 2017

 
Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 post:
Big Corn and Snow in April – Eastern Closing Thread 2017 – Part 1

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And it has come to an end…

Although we all hoped to ski and ride into June, Mother Nature had other plans, as she often does. With virtually no snow on the lower third of Superstar, we have decided NOT to spin the lift on Wednesday June 1.

Killington: May 29
With a pathetic 81″ (one-third their yearly snowfall average), Killington showed us a commitment to offering skiing as long as there was snow on the ground. The fact that they opened at all on Sunday, where skiers had to walk-on and off the lift, climb down to the snow and hike the bottom pitch of Superstar, is truly amazing. That was the kind of spirit that Killington had made their reputation in the 1980s and 1990s with continuous years of June skiing when the term “Some walking required” was a given. No one else would have opened under these conditions and even K wouldn’t have even been even been close to open this weekend a few years ago. Kudos to the Killington crew for your commitment in offering us skiing so late this season, even if Mother Nature wasn’t very kind to the East this season. Latest closing since June 1, 2002 THIS season is truly a symbol of their dedication to skiing.

Mont St-Sauveur: May 23
Although the season wasn’t as pathetic as South of the border, it wasn’t a great year like the previous season. The cold April help prolong the season, in some cases, the damage was already done when the real Spring skiing arrived (see ski areas below). MSS has been generally been aiming for mid-May and Victoria Day weekend every year and reaching it. Kudos to everyone at MSS. An extra three weekends of Spring skiing over other Eastern ski areas plus the extra days in October, only Killington had offered a later and longer season.

Jay Peak VT – May 1
Mont Comi QC – May 1
Sugarbush VT – May 1
Sugarloaf ME – May 1
Sunday River ME – May 1

Now what?

Killington isn’t the only ski resort in North America to close recently. There aren’t many liftserved options left on the continent. Summer ski area Beartooth Basin MT hasn’t open again this season due lack of snow.

Killington VT – closed May 29
Mt. Bachelor OR – closed May 29
Aspen CO – closed May 30 (open for Memorial Day weekend)**
Snowbird UT – closed May 30
Squaw Valley CA – closed May 30
Blackcomb BC – closed on May 30, but reopening on June 11

Still open (or reopening):
Aspen C) – June 5 (weekend only)**
Arapahoe Basin CO – June 12 5 (minimum daily until June 5, then Friday-Sunday only)*
Mammoth Mountain CA – July 4 June 12 (minimum)**
Blackcomb BC – July 17 (reopen on June 11)
Timberline Lodge UT – September 5

Northern Hemisphere

That is it, 3 ski areas open this week, potential 4 in mid-June. Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood is offers close to year-round skiing in North America. They are a few places in Europe in the Alps (Tignes, Les Deux Alpes, Zermatt, Saas Fee, Passeo del Stelvio, Hintertux and Mölltaler Gletscher) and Norway (Stryn, Galdhøpiggen and Fonna) that offer the same. A few other offer June and early Summer skiing in the Alps and Scandinavia, but not close to year around.

Southern Hemisphere

Our Summer is their Winter, so that a number of ski resorts on the southern continents of South America (Chile, Argentina), Australia (New Zealand, Australia). There are also 3 ski areas in South Africa and Lesotho in Africa.

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 planning 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 be able to post them over the next few months. 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.

* UPDATE, June 1: Arapahoe Basin announced closing day as June 12. Closed midweek next week.
** UPDATE, June 3: Mammoth announced they were extending their season to July 4. Aspen announced they be open this weekend.

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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
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 2016 posts:
Let’s move Past EASTer & Go Easterner – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Part 1
Freeze Frame – Eastern Closing Thread 2015-16 – semaine 2
Monday, Monday…Eastern Closing 2016 Update – Week 3
The best of Spring Skiing – Eastern Closing 2016 – Week 4
May continue skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 5
Dual May Days for Mothers’ Day – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 6
May it last? Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 7
Deep into May – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 8
At the end of May – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 9

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*UPDATE : May 28, 5:30pm : Thanks to this heatwave and temperatures in the mid-80F, Sunday May 29 may be the last day of the season (lift access will be free), HOWEVER if “snow conditions permit we could turn the lift again on Wednesday for one last hurrah” June 1!!!

Only one standing, Killington is back.

Last weekend Mont St-Sauveur ended their season on Monday May 23, Victoria Day. Nothing more to expect with the last warm spell plus the Waterpark enthusiast banging at the counter. It was a beautiful way to end of the season with 3-day weekend of Spring skiing. Killington also offered the diehard another 3-day weekend.

Thanks to both snowmaking crew at K and MSS for giving us a few extra weekends. Killington and Mont St-Sauveur have been the only spinners in the East for a third weekend in a row, the closest other ski areas, Jay, Loaf, River, Bush, Comi all closed on May 1.

Killington is back and will offer the longest (1997-98) and latest (2001-02) ski season the East has seen in almost 20 years. This is incredible considering that the ski resort only received 81″ of snow this season, only one-third their yearly snow average and the resort’s lowest snowfall on record by over a 4-feet margin to 1979-80

Turning off the chairlift one last time in 2016…
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 23

Killington VT – Monday May 30 June 1 (tentative)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad (walk-on/walk-off)
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am on Friday) to 4pm (5pm on Saturday), Monday? Wednesday?
Cost : $58US lift tickets – 50% with pass from another mountain.

It going to be like the 1990s late season skiing on Superstar again, thin cover, bumps, some walking required and walk-on/walk off.

If Killington make it this weekend, Memorial day or even June 1, how does it stack up with previous season. This would definitely be the latest an Eastern ski area has been open since I started keeping track of Eastern Closing in 2006.

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 30 June 1 – Killington (tentative)

Latest per ski area since 2006:
Killington VT : May 30 June 1, 2016 (tentative)
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
2015/2016 October 19 – May 30 June 1 / 81” / 190 (tentative)
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 2016 posts:
Let’s move Past EASTer & Go Easterner – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Part 1
Freeze Frame – Eastern Closing Thread 2015-16 – semaine 2
Monday, Monday…Eastern Closing 2016 Update – Week 3
The best of Spring Skiing – Eastern Closing 2016 – Week 4
May continue skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 5
Dual May Days for Mothers’ Day – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 6
May it last? Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 7
Deep into May – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 8

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As it snowed in parts of the Laurentians and Green Mountains this morning, two ski resorts are still planning to provide some lift assisted for the hardcore winter sport enthusiast next weekend. Despite a low snow year, snowmaking and a cold Spring days has extended the season longer that many would have hoped. The warm weather has been inconsistent, but generally offer us one or two great Spring skiing days. This weekend was no exception, like the previous week, Mont St-Sauveur in Laurentians didn’t spin on the Sunday due to the less than favorable forecast for beautiful Spring skiing (Thundershowers hit during the Après on Saturday. Killington spun as schedule on Sunday and even saw some snow.

The longest ski seasons in the East…opened respectively on October 18 and 19, Killington and Mont St-Sauveur are still looking to reopen this coming weekend. MSS was planning to close on May 15, but the amount of snow left and the amount of people showing for fun in the sun it have convinced them to go for an extra weekend.

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 so far:
At least May 15 – Killington
At least May 14 – MSS

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

Superstar and Hill 70 are the only two trails 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.

Mont St-Sauveur QC – May 23 (weekend and Victoria Day)
Lift : L’étoile
Trail : Hill 70
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $20CDN for 2 hours / $28CDN for 4 hours / $32CDN full day lift tickets (plus taxes)

Killington VT – TBD (Fri-Sun only)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am on Friday) to 4pm (5pm on Saturday)
Cost : $58US lift tickets – 50% with pass from another mountain.

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: ???

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 posts:
Let’s move Past EASTer & Go Easterner – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Part 1
Freeze Frame – Eastern Closing Thread 2015-16 – semaine 2
Monday, Monday…Eastern Closing 2016 Update – Week 3
The best of Spring Skiing – Eastern Closing 2016 – Week 4
May continue skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 5
Dual May Days for Mothers’ Day – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 6
May it last? Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 7

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Nothing can be taken for granted this time of the season: despite deep snow at the last two ski resorts still running lifts in the East, the end is near. Amazing May skiing was had by all you did, like the sun and the warm weather, showed up on the first part of the weekend.

The situation wasn’t so sunny on Sunday, let’s just say that it rained on the ski resort Spring day parade. As common this time of the season, MSS didn’t bother opening when few would bother buying lift tickets in the wet & cold May day. Some flurries even fell over the Great White North. Meanwhile south of the border, Killington spun for a few diehards “wet” skiers. Snow isn’t going to melt much in the first few days this week, as freezing (or close to freezing temps) are forecasted overnight.

As it stands now, MSS & Killington last days so far is respectively May 7 & 8. This is pretty respectable on a terrible snow year. If you look at the past decade, half of the time the season would have been over, but to have two ski resorts still considering to open next weekend is awesome. The only thing that isn’t awesome now is the forecast outlook for this coming weekend; Friday-Sunday is still a few days away, but with the current forecast, it will be hard to work on your tan.

Frequency of number of ski areas spinning into mid May since 2006:
2 ski areas : 4 times (Kmart and MSS)
1 ski area : 2 times (MSS only)
0 ski areas : 6 times

Two are left: Killington and St-Sauveur.
The same pair closing out the season again. After over 200 days after opening the Eastern ski season on October 18 & 19 respectively, with Sunday River joining the pair, they are duelling it out for until the end.

Previous years:
Duelling areas, here is the respective closing dates for MSS and Kmart since Killington returned to their last to close tradition. These two areas have been the only ski areas in the East to open this late in the last decade and have been the last two standing for the last three years.

Here was the head-to-head showdown since Kmart 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

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

Killington will be down to Superstar and MSS will have Hill 70 and Nordique might still be open next weekend. Same schedule as last weekend. As for the possibility to extend further towards the following weekend on a number of factors: a) MSS need to get their Summer park ready by modifying their lift. Sign mentioned an May 21 opening. MSS has extended their season by an extra weekend after mentioning it was their last weekend; b) Snowdepth and now Thin are the resorts willing to go; c) Now Deep our their pockets or how Thin is their bank account. 2015-16 has been a difficult season for Eastern Ski Resorts. All this being said, this might be or not be the last ski weekend in the East. MSS might extend, Kmart might call it a season, all scenarios are possible with these two players.

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.

Mont St-Sauveur QC – May 15 23 (weekend only)*
Lift : L’étoile
Trail : Hill 70, Nordique
Time : 9am to 5pm
Cost : $20CDN for 2 hours / $28CDN for 4 hours / $32CDN full day lift tickets (plus taxes)

Killington VT – TBD (Fri-Sun only)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Trails : Superstar
Time : 8am (9am on Friday) to 4pm (5pm on Saturday)
Cost : $58US lift tickets – 50% with pass from another mountain.

*UPDATE: Thursday afternoon confirmations. Killington and St-Sauveur are schedule to be open, however for MSS, better confirm as forecast calls for r*in and they might not open. HOWEVER MSS as mentioned in this post earlier this week, MSS is adding Victoria Day weekend to their season. New Closing Date: Monday May 23.

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2016 posts:
Let’s move Past EASTer & Go Easterner – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Part 1
Freeze Frame – Eastern Closing Thread 2015-16 – semaine 2
Monday, Monday…Eastern Closing 2016 Update – Week 3
The best of Spring Skiing – Eastern Closing 2016 – Week 4
May continue skiing – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 5
Dual May Days for Mothers’ Day – Eastern Closing Thread 2016 – Week 6

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