Northeast Keep Lifts Turning In To May
Sunny spring days ahead at Sugarloaf. (Sugarloaf)
Soft spring bumps and goggle tans are still calling many to the mountains in the Northeast, and a stormy March has left a handful of resorts in great shape to make it to May for those who aren’t ready to trade the skis for bikes and boats.
With just shy of 500 inches of snow for the season, Vermont's Jay Peak has seen the most snowfall they’ve had in ten years. They will be spinning the lifts seven days a week through Sunday, April 30, then close midweek and will reopen on Saturday and Sunday May 6-7. "Then depending if anyone up here is still standing, we might go a little bit longer, but that will all be dependent on conditions," Jay Peak's JJ Toland Told SnoCountry.com.
Wildcat, with New Hampshire’s longest season 12 years running, will reopen this weekend, then assess the possibility of turning the lifts for one final weekend, May 6-7. “Coming off of last year, it was nice to see Wildcat guests use it to full capacity. It was 100 percent open pretty much the entire month of March,” Peak Resorts' Greg Fisher told us.
Sugarbush plans to reopen this weekend with four trails and one lift Saturday through Monday, May 1. “Thanks to both Mother Nature and our snowmaking, we still have solid snow depth on our spring trails for a final weekend with skiing into May,” Sugarbush’s John Bleh told us. “This year we saw our second highest snowfall total in history with 363". That's just half an inch shy of our all time record.”
Sugarloaf will be open daily through May 1. “These are some of the best spring conditions in recent memory, with skiing and riding still available on more than 900acres of terrain,” Sugarloaf’s Noelle Tuttle told us. “With more than 220 inches (224 to date) of natural snow, this has been our snowiest winter on records since 2000-01.”
Sunday River will end with a bang May 1 with their annual season-end Ski Maynia, complete with free lift tickets for everyone, outdoor BBQs, entertainment, and goggle tans. “I don’t doubt that at that time of year our parking lot will be full of tailgaters. It will definitely be festive,” Sunday River’s Darcy Lambert told us.
Killington's "Superstar Glacier" doesn't show signs of going anywhere soon, and according to their snow report, lifts will be running until the snow melts. After May 1, they'll be offering skiing and riding Fridays through Sundays.