It’s difficult to imagine two more opposite springs than 2012 and 2013. With little natural snow all winter and an early burst of summer a year ago, most everyone in the east had packed it in by mid-March. Fast forward to 2013.
Late-season storms keep stacking up. Killington Resort, affectionately known as the Beast, has gone all in on spring 2013 and created the unlimited "Nor'Beaster." For $199, you can ski and ride for the remainder of the season, which according to spokesperson Sarah Thorson, will roll into May.
“The latest snow storm was icing on the cake for Killington skiers,” Thorson told SnoCountry.com. “We have events scheduled until May 5. Pico skiers and riders are having a blast in the snow as well. However, Pico will be sticking to their closing date of March 31.”
The story is similar all over eastern snow country. New York resorts and skiers/riders are benefiting not only from the weather in the mountains, but the presence of snow in the metro areas.
Scott Brandi, President of the Ski Areas of New York, told SnoCountry.com that he has spoken to many operators in the state. “March has been an excellent month, above budget for all interviewed,” remarked Brandi. “Everyone’s excited regarding the upcoming Easter school break and expectations are high for strong family crowds. I suspect we will run out of skiers and riders before we run out of snow and open terrain.”
The story remains the same in Northern New England, where Saddleback Mountain, in Rangeley, Maine, continues to defy the calendar with impressive winter conditions and all trails in service.
“We plan to continue seven day a week operation through March 31 and then operate weekends through April as long as the snow lasts,” Saddleback's JoAnne Taylor said. “We are still seeing good numbers of day ticket skiers, and season pass holders are delighted. The snow and exemplary conditions are holding their interest.”
Pats Peak, in Henniker, N.H., will still have lots of snow and terrain when they close on March 31.
“The recent snowfall, and snowfall throughout the season, has certainly given skiers and boarders greater interest in skiing this season,” said Lori Rowell of Pats Peak. “We anticipate a strong ending to the season.”
For those who believe in such mystiques as snow gods who even their generosity over the long run, Loon Mountain’s Greg Kwasnik was tapped into the pulse of enthusiasts along the East Coast.
“After dealing with very warm weather last spring, skiers and riders truly deserve these awesome conditions, and they’re taking full advantage of them,” Kwasnik theorized. That includes Loon's Lincoln, N.H. ski center that has 98 percent of its terrain still available. Loon summarized this spring’s theme perfectly on its website: "Powder to the People."
Photo courtesy Pats Peak