Patrick might disagree with my criteria that an area has to be at least half open to be worth skiing and merit a C
grade and any points on that chart. However that criteria has been applied consistently over the past 20 years so this season stacks up poorly compared to most eastern seasons.
Eastern Canada must have escaped some of the adverse weather because Trmeblant was 90% open last weekend and Mt. St. Anne 100%. Nonetheless Patrick chose this week to cross the border for his first time since the pandemic.
Why? He has an Indy Pass. The Indy Pass has some interesting places as I visited 5 of them last season.
Yes, my observation has been in an overall geographical sense from someone living north of the border plus hearing and seeing various reports posted. Yes, it was the first crossing in the US, but northern Vermont and Maine have bounced back from a very slow start to the season. My trip started in the US, but continued East. I also have a weak spot for big verticals.
Cannon on closing day, April 10.
Saddleback on April 11-12 (skied every single open run and then some).
Sugarloaf on April 13 (everything was skiable).
Le Valinouet on April 14 - record 921cm snowfall this season - skied every run on the mountain.
Mont Edouard on April 15-16 - biggest mountain East of Le Massif.
Le Valinouet on April 17 - in the snow again.
Mont Lac Vert on April 18 - turned out to be their last day as they announced that the ski area wouldn't reopen this weekend. Turned out to be a glorious day where I skied all open runs (open or run) on the mountain, except one glade (ran out of time). Skied 26 runs for 6200m vert with is pretty good for a slow lift.
So 9 days in a row, 6 different ski areas, over one hundred runs. Pretty good trips considering that there was some type of precipitations at one point every day except 2 days.
Those 9 days bring the total amount of days this season to 85, only slightly behind 2017-2018 at this point.
I haven't able to get my brain around posted on ski forums, but I've been at least trying to post update on FB (Ski Mad World) and IG (madpatski). My stuff on the social media are quite ironic as they are TR with mostly pictures only versus on FTO's TR which were texts with no pictures.