Still in shock how much more Okemo has open than Killington right now. 13 trails at K, 30 something at Okemo.
2003-2004: 21; 2004-2005: 27; 2005-2006: 31; 2006-2007: 31; 2007-2008: 38; 2008-2009: 43; 2009-2010: 42; 2010-2011: 46; 2011-2012: 33
2012-2013 Days- 26
Sunday River: 11/11
Burke: 12/1, 12/9, 12/17, 12/20, 1/29, 2/8, 2/9, 2/14, 2/21, 3/7, 3/16, 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 4/4
Wachusett: 1/2, 1/18, 3/1
Jay: 2/10, 2/15, 2/22, 3/24, 3/31, 4/28
Mad River Glen: 3/29
22 trails Thursday. Zero friday
Posted on Facebook about a half hour ago...
With the record heat this week, there have been a lot of questions about our operating plans going forward, and potential closing dates. To help answer these questions, we want to share an email from our General Manager that went out to our staff this afternoon:
Even with all of the strange weather we’ve seen this winter, this week has been truly exceptional. As I write this email, the temperature on the thermometer reads 72 degrees, making it the third straight day we’ve been in the 70s. Even our elevation, which typically helps us keep snow later than most resorts, has worked against us this week – at 7:30 this morning the temperature in Kingfield was 39 degrees, while the temperature at the top of Skyline was 58. We’ve never seen weather like this, and I know this has raised some questions among all of you regarding our operating plans going forward.
While I can’t say with any certainty what the weather has in store for us over the next month, I can assure you of this: we are the King of Spring, and we will do whatever it takes to keep skiing, and to deliver a great experience to our guests. Going forward, our plan is to remain open at least through Reggae weekend (April 14-15), and for as long after that as snow holds out.
Clearly our snowpack and open terrain have taken a substantial hit during this week’s record heat. Our latest forecasts are calling for cooler, more seasonable temperatures to return this weekend, and our grooming crew will do their best to put things back together. If the weather pattern changes and we receive enough snow, our Ski Patrol will be ready to reopen closed terrain. If temperatures get cold enough, we have not ruled out firing up our snowmaking system again. And even if this record-breaking heat returns and makes skiing impossible, Reggae Fest will go on as scheduled.
We have no intentions of throwing in the towel yet, and I’d like to thank you all in advance for helping us communicate that commitment to all of our guests.
As you all know well, April can be (and typically is) a snowy month here in the mountains. In fact, over the past five years, we’ve seen an average of 2.5 feet of April snow, including 95 inches in April of 2007.
We don’t think Mother Nature has given up on winter yet, and neither have we.
I think it hit 60 degrees today at my house in Wilson WY. Crazy.
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Just updated my blog post. Here is a rundown for the entire East:
70 or less ski areas that are looking to open this weekend.
ON: 1 maybe
QC: 42 or less (wasn't able to confirm some of them)
NL: 1 or more
You've seen the list for New England. Here is the rest of the East.
List of ski areas looking to open this weekend:
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