Snowmaking Returns As Some Northeast Resorts Plan To Remain Open Into April
A number of Northeast resorts have been able to fire up their snowguns to carry the season well into April, even as numerous others have either closed for the season or significantly reduced their amount of open terrain. All of this is the result of last week’s unprecedented meltdown,
With much colder temperatures arriving and expected to remain at least through Wednesday, Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Maine; Vermont’s Jay Peak and New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain have all resumed snowmaking.
“We are committed to ensuring our guests are able to ski and snowboard well into late season and we have the infrastructure to handle it,” said John McGregor, Senior Vice-President of Ski Operations at Boyne Resorts' properties of Loon Mountain, Sunday River and Sugarloaf.
“Our crews have proven their ability to work in marginal temperatures and deliver snow all season long. Right now, these three resorts (Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon Mountain) are offering more open terrain than all the other resorts in New England combined,” he said.
Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon Mountain are accepting groups that were originally scheduled to visit other resorts, which are now closing early or don’t have beginner or intermediate terrain to offer. All three are concentrating snowmaking efforts on easier and intermediate trails to ensure groups scheduled to visit could choose among a large selection of terrain.
“We are committed to making snow and maintaining snow, and we are pleased to be able to offer terrain to these groups coming from other areas,” McGregor added.
Vermont’s Jay Peak fired up the snow guns Monday morning and plans on making snow through Tuesday. Saddleback also started making snow Monday and plans to continue into Wednesday as temperatures permit.
As of this week, only nine resorts in the Northeast remain open, including Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Maine; Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush and Killington in Vermont; and Loon Mountain and Waterville Valley in New Hampshire. Bretton Woods and Wildcat in New Hampshire plan to re-open for the weekend of March 31-April 1.
Stowe and Waterville Valley have announced that Sunday will be the final day of the season. Meanwhile, most others are taking a wait and see what the weather and conditions hold outlook before setting a closing date.