Eastern Resorts Can’t Let Go Of The Season
Many ski areas across the eastern seaboard set closing dates.Now, they continue to extend them and are offering special events to round out the season.
Okemo Mountain in Vermont was among the first to announce a new closing date, moving it from April 14 to April 21.
“Due to the great skiing and riding conditions, over 10 feet of natural snow this season, and hopefully nice weather, we have decided to move our closing day,” said Okemo's Bruce Schmidt. “We are looking at a 165-day season which will be one of the longest in a number of years.”
The Ludlow, Vt. resort had all terrain open last weekend, and will offer a doubleheader on April 6 consisting of the annual Slush Cup pond skimming contest and the Killarney Tug of War.
Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H. offers up BodeFest April 6, named for the Olympic gold medalist and U.S. Ski Team star Bode Miller. The New Hampshire native son, his family, and Cannon Mountain offer this benefit for the Turtle Ridge Foundation, which supports adaptive and youth sports programs in local communities.
Hidden Valley in western Pennsylvania was to close Sunday, but now, after a recent 20-inch snow storm over a three foot base, the party continues April 1-2 and 5-7, before ending the season.
“This has been such an extraordinary winter, with unbelievably good conditions throughout March,” Hidden Valley's Scott Bender said. “The skiers and boarders have responded to this extended season in a big way and we couldn’t be happier with the crowds we have enjoyed over the last two weeks.”
There’s a season ending package available for $99 per room and includes skiing and boarding for two. Nearby Seven Springs Mountain Resort has also extended its season through April 7.
Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia will keep the season going until April 7. The resort opened the season will bountiful snow, courtesy of Hurricane Sandy that was Snowstorm Sandy in the interior south. The facility has been adding to that base ever since and will keep the lifts running an additional week.
Entering Easter weekend, Snowshoe still had winter conditions over 52 trails. Closing day will feature the Last Hurrah Pond Skim and celebrates a season that has bestowed upon them over 15 feet of natural snow, including better than two feet in March.
Across eastern ski country, the evidence is clear: March turned out to be one of the most memorable in recent memory, and April is ready to continue the momentum.
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