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Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:15 pm
by Patrick
Time for my Annual Eastern Closing Thread

Go skiing this weekend!!! Great skiing still happening!!!
It’s that time again, time for Ski Mad World to look at his skiing options for the next few weekends. This is Part 1 of the 2012-2013 Eastern Closing Thread.
This first compilation took me a long time to prepare, so I’ll be short on words. There are many places to choose from this weekend. A snowy winter and cold Spring has helped preserved snow surfaces into April.
After last season’s mid-March Record Heatwave that killed the ski season for many areas; we entered the first weekend of April 2012 with only 20 ski areas still operating. This weekend we are looking at over 100 ski areas (almost half in Québec) across the East from Thunder Bay, Ontario to Labrador down to Virginia (Midwest not included).
For a good number of ski areas remaining, this is their last weekend. Go out and encourage them. I’ll be back late next week to give an update on who’s left for the second weekend in April. Hoping to continue the Eastern Closing thread well into May.
LIST OF 105 SKI AREAS TENTATIVELY OPEN THIS WEEKEND
http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2013/04/ ... 13-part-1/


Click link above to see complete list. It took a long time to compile and verify. I'll try to post an update towards the end of next week. Part 1 is always the longest.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 11:28 am
by Patrick
Part 2 is reading and was updated this morning. A few tentative, but many seems to have confirmed about this weekend.

Ski area that are looking to spin this weekend is down to 53. Last year the count was 9 at this time. Not that we're necessarily an extraordinary season, but last season sucked real bad.

http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2013/04/ ... 13-part-2/

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:13 pm
by Patrick
Part 3:

Here is the latest version of Ski Mad World Eastern Closing Thread and detailed list of areas.

http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2013/04/ ... 13-part-3/

26 ski areas planning to spin this weekend (according I couldn't confirm the intension of 2 smaller remote areas in Northern Quebec and Labrador). Last year's pathetic Spring had only 3 ski areas open at this time.

Regional breakdown:

Ontario : 1
Quebec: 12
Newfoundland and Labrador : 1
New York : 2
Vermont : 5
New Hampshire : 1
Maine : 3
Pennsylvania : 1

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:50 am
by Tony Crocker
Killington has resumed stockpiling Superstar to run later than early May?

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:21 am
by Marc_C
Tony Crocker wrote:Killington has resumed stockpiling Superstar to run later than early May?

According to a Kmart regular and insider, they plan a return this year to operating as long as possible.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:12 pm
by Patrick
Marc_C wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Killington has resumed stockpiling Superstar to run later than early May?

According to a Kmart regular and insider, they plan a return this year to operating as long as possible.


As mentioned on the post from the blog, Kmart mentioned they were running daily until May 5th then going weekends only until "Black flies or Bust" ... going for June. I'm not saying, it was written on their site or FB page (Can't remember where I saw it). If that is the case, it is some turn around season and going back to what they made their name for.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:30 pm
by Patrick
Here is the latest...with a few of my thoughts.

http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2013/04/ ... 13-part-4/

ME : 1 - loaf
VT : 3 - jay, bush, k
ON : 1 - blue
QC : 4 - mss, sut, msa, miller

Each Eastern Canadian areas are at least 200 miles apart from each other (exception MSS and Sutton which is about 100 miles)

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:47 pm
by otisdelarosa
yah,there are still many good places to ski in Quebec. I visited their once and I find Mont Tremblant stunningly beautiful. :-({|=

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:42 pm
by Patrick
otisdelarosa wrote:yah,there are still many good places to ski in Quebec you can check here for more infos: :-({|=


What is the topic? Not debating about great skiing in Quebec, but what is still in operation.

Le Massif closed for the public with about 100% on April 7 - passholders got an extra 6 hours the following regardless of the extra snow.

Tremblant closed with excellent coverage on April 14. Why is Blue Mtn in Ontario open this weekend and Tremblant close? Okay, Blue is the only ski areas with 500 miles open. ](*,)

Ste-Anne has a fixed date...closing this Sunday.

Mont Miller is looking to open tomorrow if enough interest. Ottawa to Miller is the same time as me driving to West Virginia.

Mont Sutton decided to open an extra day tomorrow.

Where was Tremblant and Le Massif? It is a disgrace that Blue can open an extra 3 weeks more than Le Massif.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:02 pm
by Tony Crocker
Le Massif faces southeast and has a very low base elevation. The snow down there might be quite unpleasant in spring. St. Anne is closer to the same population base and has a north facing chair with gondola transport access.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:11 pm
by Geoff
Tony Crocker wrote:Killington has resumed stockpiling Superstar to run later than early May?


Correct. With the management change, Killington is back to first-to-open, last-to-close. Today was the last day for the K1 gondola & Canyon Quad (no snow left on the flat connecting trails at the top). They're shrinking down to the Superstar lift on a 7-day schedule until May 5th. After that, they'll run on a Fri-Sat-Sun schedule for as long as they can. If it's an average May, they have a pretty good shot at making Memorial Day or beyond.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 7:53 pm
by Admin
Somebody let a ghost in here.

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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:00 pm
by Geoff
Admin wrote:Somebody let a ghost in here.


Boo!

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:48 am
by Patrick
My initial point was to the link above talking the virtues of Quebec skiing at Tremblant, MSA and Le Massif. Either he's totally off topic and is spamming something total irrelevant to the discussion?

Tony Crocker wrote:Le Massif faces southeast and has a very low base elevation. The snow down there might be quite unpleasant in spring. St. Anne is closer to the same population base and has a north facing chair with gondola transport access.


That workouts in theory, but when you still have Winter conditions and just received some extra snow. If I would have been a seasonpass holder, I wouldn't have bother going to ski 10-4 on their season special day on April 13. Quebec locals only had 2 ski areas to choose on that weekend (Massif du Sud and MSA).

They are smaller areas with no population based that have been running later. How do we explain the Saddleback, Mont Miller, Mont Edouard. I'm not even including the place next to towns like Mont Chalco, Le Valinouet, Smokey in Labrador, Mont Comi and Val d'Irene.

Oh yeah, I've been stuck local (ie. 15 minutes) do to other commitments, but managed a few fun turns on Saturday.

Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2012-13

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:07 pm
by Patrick
Five are Wild!!!!

May Five.
May 5, 2013.
Part 2
Five ski areas

Here is my weekly lift update for May. May Five - Part Five!!!

May Five – Eastern Closing Thread 2012-2013 Part 5
http://madpatski.wordpress.com/2013/04/ ... 13-part-5/

Only MSS and Kmart are daily now. Jay (tentative), Bush and Loaf this weekend. Loaf has maybe an extra weekend.