This is even more true in much of the less densely populated West. But with the big population base of the Northeast somebody would stay open in May if there were a natural snow base worth skiing, as Baldy has. That somebody used to be Killington, but it was on expensive stockpile snowmaking not natural. MRG is the Baldy analogy, and even in the best of eastern seasons they close not too far into April.Cannonball":3lxgte0s said:Many eastern resorts pre-pick closing dates in order to manage staff and budgets.
If the lifts are closed it's only relevant to the tiny percentage of earned turn skiers (disproportionately represented on FTO) if the woods on the upper 1/3 of a ski area are still covered. Baldy's chair 1 is used for transport and is often completely bare of snow in April/May when Thunder still has a good base. I've :dead horse: in the Killington threads before, but perhaps K is not the only eastern area that should be thinking about utilizing an upper mountain terrain pod with a lower transport lift for early/late season.Cannonball":3lxgte0s said:As has already been mentioned in this thread, spring lift closures are frequently due to inadequate snow at the bottom of the lift.
Expert trails vs. woods?
1) Mid-season the arguments make sense the woods will be skiable more often. Given rain frequency there is still a non-trivial percent of the time when they won't be.
2) December/early January before the "40-inch rule" is attained, I would be very surprised if the woods were skiable as often as advanced trails with snowmaking.
3) Late season woods are probably better, but lift operation as discussed above is what often determines accessibility.