Tony Crocker wrote:
definitely a below average year snow wise
Snowfall is not below average, the early excess still outweighing the later shortfall. However, eastern spring snowpack is more driven by recent weather than the season as a whole, so no surprise most will close this weekend.
Snowfall is probably close to average, snow wise (in general) is below average. Ottawa is currently 10cm below the average of 236cm, we've received 22cm since the end of January.
I don't think anything lift served lasts that long this year unless they planned ahead for it.
We'll see if some areas have the stomach for it. Valinouet is looking to stop on April 19th. Massif and Edouard got 40cm, Tremblant 30cm, but are all closing on Monday. Sutton also got some new snow, but is also closing. Spinning without selling day tickets is hard to do. The impression in the city is that skiing has finished a long time ago, even if one local, Camp Fortune, is going to open this weekend.
Ski areas are hurting financially
Do we know the impact in the East? December was above average, so maybe more
easterners booked closer to home as a cheaper alternative to flying somewhere. Kottke data for New England will be interesting. Should be down from last year's excellent season, but I bet up from 2006-07, when the first half was terrible.[/quote]
Reading and hearing left and right, ski areas generally lost this year. How much, I don't know?
Here is a quote from Guy Thibaudeau's ski blog.http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/ski/?p=317
Définitivement, ca n’aura pas été une saison très profitable pour les stations de ski. Après une saison exceptionnelle l’an passé les résultats de 2009 risquent d’être très décevants.
A quick translation, "Definitely, it hasn't been a very profitable season for ski areas. After an exceptional season last year, 2009 resultats risks being very disappointing."
Snow, temps, impressions and the economy. Early December snow is a far memory, rain near Christmas. Real cold weekends in January and no new snow in March. Add the economy to the mix and it's doesn't look promising.
So I see two possible bets here with Tony.
1) that liftserved skiing while not make it into May.
2) That this season's numbers while be better than 2006-07.
I would think Tony might be wrong on one of them, if not two.