Eastern Closing Thread 2015

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Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:37 pm

Yeah, I'm still alive. I've been in radio silence on the internet for a longtime. Life's challenges ... before starting what has become an annual (didn't want to miss out on an annual thing did I?). I'm still skiing...I'm still skiing every month also.

I've had a hard year. This is the first post since November.

84 ski areas are looking to spin this weekend. Most of them in Quebec. (less than half are open midweek also). Many ski areas are saying one more weekend after a successful Easter weekend in the East. Go for it!!! Still great coverage out there. :ski:

Here is the rundown...

Ski Mad World : Early Easter, late Spring : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 1
https://madpatski.wordpress.com/2015/04 ... 15-part-1/
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Wed Apr 15, 2015 3:00 pm

Here is the latest list:

First day back at my computer after 4 glorious Spring skiing days in the East. It doesn't get any better than that. Here is this week's rundown on who and where will lifts spin in the East.

Go get some turns!!!! I'm going back...

Melting…snow and list are melting : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 2
https://madpatski.wordpress.com/2015/04 ... 15-part-2/

For those curious, I skied Gore, Bolton, Mad River Glen and Smugglers' Notch in the last 4 days.
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:26 pm

Down to 13. Only 5 open daily.

Where will I ski next?

Falling temperatures, snow and options – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 3
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Tony Crocker » Thu Apr 23, 2015 2:32 am

Eastern percents open are among the highest of the past decade or so that I've been tracking. Nonetheless the natural snowpack within eastern lift service is mostly gone by early May even in the big years like 2001 and 2008.

Sugarloaf might be the exception to that generalization about snow preservation. The April percents open at Sugarloaf stand out relative to other areas, particularly since their percents open early season are mediocre and mid-season about average.
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Admin » Thu Apr 23, 2015 5:20 pm

I was going to tell you that Sutton gave up, but I see that you're already on it.
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Geoff » Tue Apr 28, 2015 1:14 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Eastern percents open are among the highest of the past decade or so that I've been tracking. Nonetheless the natural snowpack within eastern lift service is mostly gone by early May even in the big years like 2001 and 2008.

Sugarloaf might be the exception to that generalization about snow preservation. The April percents open at Sugarloaf stand out relative to other areas, particularly since their percents open early season are mediocre and mid-season about average.


Your tracking isn't valid without putting eyeballs on the actual coverage. For example, Killington is only running one lift. If they cranked up 3 or 4 lifts, 80% of the mountain would still be skiable. The woods are all still fine. The north-facing natural snow trails are still skiable. It was a cold March/April. Superstar should easily make Memorial Day and has a pretty good shot at making June 1.
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:50 pm

Geoff wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Eastern percents open are among the highest of the past decade or so that I've been tracking. Nonetheless the natural snowpack within eastern lift service is mostly gone by early May even in the big years like 2001 and 2008.

Sugarloaf might be the exception to that generalization about snow preservation. The April percents open at Sugarloaf stand out relative to other areas, particularly since their percents open early season are mediocre and mid-season about average.


Your tracking isn't valid without putting eyeballs on the actual coverage. For example, Killington is only running one lift. If they cranked up 3 or 4 lifts, 80% of the mountain would still be skiable. The woods are all still fine. The north-facing natural snow trails are still skiable. It was a cold March/April. Superstar should easily make Memorial Day and has a pretty good shot at making June 1.


Totally agree with Geoff on this one. Almost the only limitation are which lifts are running. MSS is down to 2 runs, however Sunday it looked like more than 2 were skiable. Tony there was still some natural snow trails open at Sugarbush and Jay Peak this past weekend. I can't speak for Killington as I'm not sure what runs have non-snowmaking plus I wasn't there this weekend (I can't be everywhere)?

Admin wrote:I was going to tell you that Sutton gave up, but I see that you're already on it.


Yep, as mentioned in this week's blog post, Sutton (Comi, Le Valinouet and Mont Miller) got scared of the least favorable sunny spring time weather. Dark clouds and potential rain (even if Sutton got snow - yeck it even snowed 2 days at Lucky's house in Bromont). Anyway, saw some great powder pictures from Sutton on Friday.

Okay here is this week's list.

Not to bad, only 2 ski resorts that opened last weekend are calling it a season.

Potentially 8 will be spinning this weekend in the East. Only 2 daily.

May or May not? Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 4
https://madpatski.wordpress.com/2015/04 ... 15-week-4/
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Thu Apr 30, 2015 10:38 am

Updated the blog post above:

Nothing tentative. All confirmed for this weekend and June 1 for Killington. The big snowpack has some areas adding extra lifts from their initial plan (Killington, Sugarloaf) while Miller will have 100% of their terrain open. Oh yeah, Sunday River Ski Maynia skiing is always free. A beautiful weekend of Spring skiing, deep snowpack, sunny and warm weather. It will be the last of the season for 5 of them, only 3 will spins after the following weekend. There is always skiing at Tucks midweek.


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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Thu Apr 30, 2015 9:22 pm

Another update on the list.

Wachusett is opening Saturday only. That makes it 9 ski areas to choose from in the East.
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Thu May 07, 2015 5:16 pm

From 9 last weekend to 3, ops, 2 this weekend. Forecast tentative at MSS - tstorm and rain in the forecast for this weekend.

MSS = Hill 70
Kmart = Superstar, Skyelark, Bittersweet

May be on Mothers’ Day, Maybe June? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 5
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Thu May 14, 2015 4:18 pm

MSS' last day was last Sunday.

A lot of snow was lost and they were a few thin spots. Could they have pushed more snow to continue spinning? Of course, but it was probably not economically sound. The dark clouds and chance of rain over hovering all weekend didn't help. Not sure how many tickets they sold on Sunday? That being said, the snow depth wasn't as deep as previous last weekend.

Killington is still hoping for June 1, but its hard to tell this time of the season.

Here is this week's post,

Mid-May exceptions? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 6
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Thu May 21, 2015 10:54 pm

We are getting close...this might be the last weekend, but K seems pretty committed on spinning on June 1, although it will depend how bad it gets? I remember on June 1, 1993 where the walking required was probably as long as the snow cover.

I did some analysis of where does this mean for Killington? Is the Beast back?

May be last weekend, May or June ? Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 7
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat May 23, 2015 11:19 am

That is a fascinating piece of marketing logic. Stay closed the weekend of May 29-31 and open on Monday June 1 for bragging rights to say you were open in June?

This makes Mammoth's staying open to Saturday June 1 but not Sunday June 2 in 2013 seem almost sensible.
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It's somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison. Mammoth obviously had enough snow to stay open one more day if they so chose. Killington is clearly hanging by a thread and one day of skiing after this weekend will destroy what's left.
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Re: Eastern Closing Thread 2015

Postby Patrick » Sat May 23, 2015 3:46 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:That is a fascinating piece of marketing logic. Stay closed the weekend of May 29-31 and open on Monday June 1 for bragging rights to say you were open in June?


Yep, there are dragging their way to June 1, no matter what. I remember June 1, 1993 where there was probably has much of Superstar that required walking versus skiing. They seem totally commitment to make it happen unless there is nothing left. But it was freezing last night here and across the north. There was even some snow that stayed on the ground in parts of the East.
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