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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

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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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Good intentions, May skiing, trying to get there or even pushing it a bit later? Last weekend spelled the end of many remaining diehards ski areas:
Sutton and Wildcat weren’t able to reopen for May.
Bristol and Craigleigh reopened in order to offer a few hours of May 1 skiing. Big Boulder opened for one May-day of riding and is hoping to reopen for June turns.
Whiteface and Sugarloaf opened one and two more days regardless of the power outage.
Sugarbush was also opened in May for the fifth year in a row.
Jay was hoping to reach an extra weekend, but Mother Nature didn’t want to ski on her day.
…and then the two consistent closers of the season in the East: Mont St-Sauveur and Killington.

To repeat what I said last year,

For the sixth fifth consecutive season, the same last two ski resorts in the East open for Mothers’ Day weekend (i.e. 2nd weekend in May). As people often ask me, there is still skiing? Skiing on Mothers’ Day isn’t even uncommon in the East as it has happened at K and MSS for a fifth year in a row.

Should I go skiing or not? Will my mom or wife agree to this? You don’t want to have to choose? Bring your mother/wife with the kids skiing with you and celebrate Mothers’ Day on the hill.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all skiing and none skiing mothers.

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

Numbers from previous seasons on Mothers’ Day weekend: Total:
2018 : 2 (Killington & MSS)
2017 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2016 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2015 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2014 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2013 : 2 (Killington, MSS)
2012 : 0
2011 : 2 (Jay, MSS)
2010 : 0
2009 : 0
2008 : 0
2007 : 0
2006 : 0

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

St-Sauveur QC – May 21 (this Friday, weekend only and Victoria Day)
Killington VT – June (Friday-Sunday & Memorial Day Monday)

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment, for example MSS decided to open tomorrow Friday as it will be a glorious Spring day for skiing . Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

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

Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 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

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Although it was almost the end of April, this past weekend was the first real Spring skiing weekend. Skiers were out in drove this weekend, at least where I skied (Whiteface, Tremblant, Fortune), to catch some rays, work on their goggle tans and make some turns in the warm weather. Some ski hills had extended their season to give us at least one Spring skiing weekend while under kept to their predetermined scheduled without even considering an extra weekend regardless of their record closing day snow coverage. Even if these hills are closed, some of them will still have some earn your turns skiing to be had for days if not weeks.

With the arrival of the warm weather and potential rain this week will have an impact on the snowpack, the ski area management and skiing public resolve to extend their season into May. Regardless of this somber note, we still have the best coverage and ski options this late in the season since I’ve been keeping track of the Eastern Closings in 2006. After this weekend, they’ll be some decision-making into “where to ski in the East in May 2018” as Eastern ski enthusiast will have a few more options that usual.

Go skiing, before it’s too late!!!

13 21 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND. Only 3 areas spinning daily *****

Quebec : 12  4 *****
Vermont : 3 (2 daily)
Maine : 2 (1 daily)
New York : 2
New Hampshire : 1
Ontario : 1 (tentative)

Numbers from previous seasons: Total:
2018 : 21
2017 :  11
2016 :  7
2015 : 9
2014 : 6
2013 : 4
2012 : 1
2011 : 7
2010 : 3
2009 : 5
2008 : 4
2007 : 4
2006 : 2

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 13 21 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND *****
Only 3 areas spinning daily

Sorted by closing date

Chilly QC – maybe? (tentative – weekend only) *****
Mont Ste. Marie QC – April 28 (tentative – Saturday maybe) ****
Val d’Irène QC – April 29 (tentative – weekend only) ***
Vidéo QC – April 29 (tentative – weekend Sunday only) **
Miller QC – TBD (weekend only) *****
Bristol NY – April 29 (tentative – weekend only)
Vallée Bleue QC – April 29 (tentative – weekend only) *****
Camp Fortune QC – April 29 (tentative – weekend only)****
Blue ON – April 29 – (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface NY – April 29 (weekend only)
Comi QC – April 29 (weekend only)
Massif du Sud QC – April 29 (weekend only) *****
Le Valinouet QC – April 29 (weekend only) *
Sunday River ME – April 29 (weekend only)

Wildcat NH – May 6 (weekend only)
Sutton QC – May 6 (weekend only)
Sugarbush VT – May 6 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf ME – May 6 (daily until April 29 then weekend only)
Jay VT – May 6 (daily)

St-Sauveur QC – May 13 (daily until April 24 then weekend only) – bonus Friday April 27 **
Killington VT – June (tentative – daily until May 6 1 then Friday-Sunday & Memorial Day Monday) ****

* Update : April 25, 2:30am : Le Valinouet QC isn’t reopening due to the rain in the forecast.
** Update : April 25, 4:00pm : Mont Video QC confirming closing date April 29, St-Sauveur QC opening also this Friday.
*** Update : April 25, 6:20pm : Val d’Irène QC isn’t reopening due to the rain in the forecast.
*** Update : April 26, 5:00pm : Killington VT is extending their daily operation until May 6. Camp Fortune QC isn’t reopening due to the rain in the forecast. Ste-Marie’s season is also over.

***** Update : April 28, 11:45pm. Warm and rain, Chilly, Vallée-Bleue, Miller and Massif du Sud didn’t reopen. Bristol didn’t open, but no word if their season is over.

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

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After last weekends mixed bag of weather and conditions which saw everything from winter conditions with fresh snow to hard icy spring surfaces with rain. Since last week’s post, close to half the hills have for the season, some of them still without being able to offer a real spring skiing weekend. No more scheduled pond skimming in freezing temperature.

There is good news, many ski areas have added an extra weekend passed their scheduled closing date. You’ll still be able to find snow coverage and trail networks to be close to 100% in Eastern Quebec (Saguenay and Gaspé Peninsula), but coverage in Quebec in general is still above normal for this time of the year. In recent years, rarely have we had so many options this far into April.

The midweek lift options are almost totally non-existent in Québec with only St-Sauveur and Le Relais open near the two largest cities in the province; however that isn’t the case yet in New England (VT, NH, ME) ski areas where everyone that is still open, but one, are running lifts daily. If you want to get some lift served skiing in, better go this weekend, more than half of the remaining ski areas will turn off the lifts for the season after this Sunday.

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2018: 33 / 11
2017 : 16 / 7
2016 : 14 / 8
2015 : 10 / 7
2014 : 11 / 5
2013 : 8 / 4
2012 : 6 / 3

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 33 34 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND*
Only 9 areas spinning daily

Sorted regional by closing date

QUEBEC 19 20 (2 daily)*
Western Québec
Orford – April 21 22 (tentative – weekend only)***
Vallée Bleue – April 22 (tentative – weekend only)****
Chilly – April 22 (weekend only)
Camp Fortune – April 22 (Friday-Sunday only)
Ste-Marie – April 22 (weekend only)
Tremblant – April 22 (weekend only)
Vidéo – April 22 (weekend only)
Sutton – May 6 (weekend only)
St-Sauveur – May 13 (daily until April 24 22 then weekend only)***

Eastern Québec
Edouard – April 22 21 (weekend Saturday only)****
St-Mathieu – April 21 (Saturday only)
Vallée du Parc – April 22 (Sunday only)*
Val d’Irène – April 22 (weekend only)
Chalco – April 22 (weekend only)
Ste-Anne – April 22 (weekend only)
Le Relais – April 22 (daily)
Massif du Sud – April 29 (tentative – weekend only)
Le Valinouet – April 29 (tentative – Friday-Sunday then following weekend only)
Comi – April 29 (weekend only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)

ONTARIO : 2
Loch Lomond – April 21 (Saturday only)
Blue – April 29 – (tentative – this week Thursday-Sunday only, following Friday-Sunday)

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

NEW YORK : 3
Bristol – April 22 (tentative – weekend only)**
Gore – April 22 (Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 22 (Friday-Sunday only)

VERMONT : 5 (5 daily)
Okemo – April 22 (daily)
Snow – April 22 (daily)
Sugarbush – May 6 (tentative – daily until April 22)
Jay – May 6 (daily until May 1 then one more weekend)
Killington – June (tentative – daily until May 6 then Friday-Sunday & Memorial Day Monday)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 1 (1 daily)
Wildcat – May (tentative – daily until April 22)

MAINE : 2 (1 daily)
Sunday River – April 29 (weekend only)
Sugarloaf – TBD (daily until April 29)

*Update: April 18, 9:40pm. Vallée du Parc QC decided to open an extra day on Sunday April 22.
**Update: April 18, 11:15pm, Bristol NY will be open this weekend.
***Update: April 19, 5:15pm, St-Sauveur QC will also be open next Monday-Tuesday and confirming that Orford will be open this weekend.

****Update: April 21, 9:25pm Mont Édouard QC is also opening Sunday. Vallée Bleue QC confirming opening.

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

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SKI THE SNOW ON THE GROUND, NOT THE DATE ON THE CALENDAR

There is no way of getting away from it as we are heading into mid-April; Spring weather is moving in this week with warmer temperature with snow and pre-mature snow (i.e. rain) on the horizon.

The farthest north you go, the more you’ll find more terrain and a deeper snowpack. That being said, that won’t stop a few ski areas, regardless of the snow coverage, of pulling the plug on their season. Specifically calling out the big guys like Tremblant, Stowe, LeMassif this weekend and Ste-Anne next weekend.

Source: Mpora

At least they are few ski areas that are trying to pushing the season as far as they can stretch the snow. I’m off for a few days, trying to use my vouchers while the lifts are still running. Regardless, next week’s Eastern Closing list will be much shorter.

Finally to quote one great skier, philosopher and icon, Glen Plake:

“Ski the snow on the ground, not the date on the calendar”

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / New York & New England
2018: 67 / 31
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 67 63 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND*
Sorted regional by closing date

QUEBEC 29
Western Québec
Blanc – April 15 TBD (tentative – weekend only)*
Chilly – April 15 TBD (tentative – weekend only)*
Kanasuta – April 14 15 (Saturday weekend only)*
Chanteclerc – April 14 (Saturday only)
Val St-Côme – April 15 (tentative – weekend only)
Orford – April 15 TBD (tentative – Thursday-Sunday only)*
Belle-Neige – April 15 (weekend only)
Ste-Marie – April 15 (weekend only)
Bromont – April 15
Tremblant – April 15 22 (weekend only)*
Vallée Bleue – TBD April (weekend only)
Camp Fortune – April 22 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only then weekend only)
Vidéo – April 22 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)
Sutton – May 6 TBD (daily until April 15 then weekend only)*
St-Sauveur – mid-May

Eastern Québec
Castor – April 15 (weekend only)
Édouard – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Gallix – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Val d’Irène – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Le Relais – April 15 22 *
Le Massif – April 15
St-Mathieu – April 21 (weekends only)
Chalco – April 22 (tentative – weekend only)
Ste-Anne – April 22 (Daily until April 15 then weekend only)
Massif du Sud – April 29 (tentative Friday-Monday only)
Le Valinouet – April 29 (tentative)
Lac Vert – April 30 (tentative)
Comi – TBD (weekend only)
Miller – TBD (weekend only)

ONTARIO : 4
Baldy – April 15 maybe one more weekend (weekend only)*
Dufour – April 14 tentative
Loch Lomond – April 15 TBD (Friday-Sunday only)*
Blue – TBD – Daily until April 15

NEW BRUNSWICK : 1
Crabbe – April 15 22 (tentative – Friday-Sunday only – weekend after 15th)*

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR : 2 1*
White Hills – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)*
Smokey – April 21 or more (tentative – Friday-Sunday only)

NEW YORK : 9 8*
Song – April 14 (tentative – Saturday only)*
Greek Peak – April 14 (Saturday only)
Bristol – April 15 (tentative – weekend only)*
Plattekill – April 15 (weekend only)
Holiday Valley – April 15 14 (tentativeweekend FridaySaturday only)*
Hunter – April 15 14*
Belleayre – April 14 15 or more TBD (Friday- Sunday Saturday only)*
Gore – April 15 or more TBD (Friday-Sunday only)
Whiteface – April 22 TBD (Daily until April 15 then weekend only)*

VERMONT : 11 10*
Bolton – April 14 (Friday-Saturday only)
Mad River Glen – April 15 (tentative – weekend only) *
Burke – April 15 (weekend only)
Stratton – April 15 (Friday-Sunday only)
Stowe – April 15
Smugglers – April 15
Okemo – April 22
Snow – April 22
Jay – TBD May? *
Sugarbush – May 6 (tentative)
Killington – June (tentative)

NEW HAMPSHIRE : 6
Waterville – April 15 (weekend only)
Loon – April 15
Sunapee – April 15
Bretton Woods – April 16
Cannon – April 16
Wildcat – May (tentative)

MAINE : 2
Sunday River – April 29
Sugarloaf – TBD

MASSACHUSETTS : 1
Wachusett – April 15 (weekend only)

PENNSYLVANIA : 2
Seven Springs – April 14 (Saturday only)
Big Boulder – April 14 (Friday-Saturday only)

*Update: April 13, 11:45pm

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?

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

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

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

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

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

Numbers from previous seasons: Total / Eastern US

2018: 117 / 52
2017 : 92 / 36
2016 : 46 / 11
2015 : 82 / 38
2014 : 89 / 35
2013 : 47 / 25
2012 : 20 / 11

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

An important note to remember, this list can change at any moment. Even if there is snow, call ahead, some might not bothering spinning if the weather doesn’t compare with the notion of Spring skiing.

LIST OF 117 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
Sorted regional by closing date

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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