With deep bases well into March, many skiers and boarders in the Mid Atlantic and Northeast are tuning their gear instead of storing it away for the summer.
A season that began with many early openings will possibly conclude with record late closings. Already some have pushed off pond skimming and shut-down dates.
“It’s been a fantastic winter for New Jersey,” Mountain Creek’s Hugh Reynolds told SnoCountry.com. “After our earliest opening in more than 30 years, we’ve been blessed with consistent cold temperatures and record-setting natural snowfall.
“We’re keeping the winter party going through March with great events and ticket deals to get you to the mountain with us.”
The weather led Mountain Creek to create a new event on March 29: the Transition Duathlon will combine a ski or snowboard race with mountain biking.
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia is another resort that is reacting to the extended winter. Originally set to close on March 30, the resort announced that the facility will re-open on April 5-6. Snowshoe collected another 10 inches of powder this week.
To mark this occasion, in Snowshoe’s 40th season, lift tickets on the final weekend will be priced at just $40, with a Buy One, Get One Free special. Value season prices are in effect for lodging as well. Call 877-441-4386.
Shawnee Peak in Maine boasts a base up to 42 inches with all trails open and night skiing offered on Fridays and Saturdays.
You can set up the perfect base camp by renting a mountain top cabin for just $99 per night (plus taxes) from April 1-12.
“The conditions are fantastic now,” Josh Harrington told SnoCountry.com. “We got 14 inches of new snow Thursday (March 20) and it’s like mid- season now. This adds the potential for more weekends into April. We were going to close at the end of March.”
Shawnee Peak will rest its’ lifts and staff during the week in April and strive to re-open Friday through Sunday. How late into April they will extend will be gauged by a combination of conditions and skier/rider interest, added Harrington.
“We’re in great shape but we have to keep the people interested,” he continued. “We’ll come out with aggressive (spring) programs in the near future.”
Photo: Shawnee Peak, Maine rolls into spring (Shawnee Peak/Wise Guy Creative)