Looking For The Best Eastern Spring Trails? Try These
Enjoy every last drop of this season by checking out our list of some of the best late spring eastern trails in the east.
As the self-proclaimed King of Spring, Killington’s Superstar is the place to be seen for late season runs. “Superstar is your home for soft, steep spring bumps long after other Eastern ski areas have been shuttered for the summer.
"The Killington snowmaking team built a massive base on the trail including a 30-foot tall glacier on top of the headwall and management plans to keep the trail open until walking is required between snow patches, which could easily be sometime in May with cold weather and more snow in Killington’s forecast,” Killington's Michael Joseph told SnoCountry.com.
Sugarbush plans to run as deep into April as they can, maybe even the first weekend of May and Stein's Run is the place to be. “One of the steepest trails on the East coast named after Stein Eriksen himself. Lots of big spring bumps. That will definitely be our last trail open as the snow depths are pretty deep. You'll be able to lap our new Valley House Quad right to Stein's, “ Sugarbush’s John Bleh told us.
Sunday River is skiing and riding well through April, targeting May 1 as the last day of the season. “White Heat is the trail for spring skiing. We make snow from early in the season until late season and it always gets bumped up. It’s a great mogul run this time of year,” Sunday River’s Karolyn Castaldo told us.
In New Hampshire, Wildcat has a very strong spring following and intends to have lifts spinning for a while. Peak Resort’s Greg Fisher tells us, “You can’t really go wrong with Lynx as far as a fun trail top to bottom with lots of turns, a good pitch and a variety of views overlooking Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.”
Sugarloaf has made roughly double the amount of snow as it would in a typical season, and has made snow in every month since October. Sugarloaf’s Noelle Tuttle says, “Gondi Line is one of our steepest trails. It faces the sun in the spring and there’s tons of corn snow.”
The beauty of Stowe is it’s open top-to-bottom from opening to closing day. “Stowe’s best spring skiing route is Ridgeview to Lord, to North Slope; a top-to-bottom run that covers over 2,000 vertical feet off our high-speed quad on Mt. Mansfield. This is where you’ll find the best snow simply because it’s also our opening track, with the deepest snowmaking pack on the mountain. It’s also diverse intermediate terrain with great views,” Stowe’s Jeff Wise told us.
Mother Nature seems to have granted a pass on this not-so stellar winter at Jay Peak, with 185 inches of snow this season and 350 acres still open. The trail of the spring is The Jet, "because besides of the igloo-size spring bumps, you can’t beat the view,” said Jay Peak’s JJ Toland.
Photos: Top - Shirts not required on The Jet at Jay Peak (Jay Peak); Left -- Sunday River looks to a May 1 closing date; Below: Stein's Run at Sugarbush is one of the steepest trains in the east