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Thread Starter 

Hey guys, mapping out the end of my season and wondering on average when does the season end in New England.

 

By season ending, I mean when would I likely not get a good storm or some powder.

 

I am looking at either Jay Peak, MRG, of Sugarbush sometime around March 25th? Is it doable that late?

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Very doable.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

which mountain has comparable glades like Jay Peak

 

MRG or Sugarbush.

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April 19th-23rd 2007 Sugarloaf Maine

 

 

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Originally Posted by ammonation View Post

which mountain has comparable glades like Jay Peak

 

MRG or Sugarbush.



like Jay Peak's glades? closest thing is smuggler's notch really. The best woods are probably Stowe and Sugarbush and the best bumps are MRG.

 

FYI Stowe and Sugarbush both have more tree skiing accebile from the lifts than Jay, its just not marked like jay's is.

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Stowe, Smugglers and Jay are kinda out. I am headed back to Jay March 11th, would be my 2nd trip this season from NJ... I couldn't bring myself to making that 7 hour drive again. Sugar is possible 6 hours or say. Crap I could do Killington in 5 hours, trees aren't great there tho.

 

How LATE in the season can I go, well into April to find fresh powder?

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like Jay Peak's glades? closest thing is smuggler's notch really. The best woods are probably Stowe and Sugarbush and the best bumps are MRG.

 

FYI Stowe and Sugarbush both have more tree skiing accebile from the lifts than Jay, its just not marked like jay's is.

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I have skied into late April and early May at Killington, Jay, Wildcat, Sunday River and Sugarloaf with great conditions. Last year, I was at MRG's season close sometime the first week in April and by April 6 at Jay it was almost summer conditions in terms of deep slush and many bare spots.  I don't think anyone had more than a week or so left open. Hard to plan spring in New England.

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How LATE in the season can I go, well into April to find fresh powder?

I've skied full-on powder days the second week of April, I've ridden perfectly dry mountain bike trails the second week of April (these are mutually exclusive activities here)... it is IMPOSSIBLE to know which will happen in advance (more than 2 weeks). Anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is delusional or lying. The one thing that is true though is that the farther north and the higher the elevation the better the chance at snow... or just go to Mt Washington.

 

 

The reality is, Spring in the east isn't really a time for powder, enjoy the sun and ski the soft bumps. It's the best time of the year for Killington, aggressive season-long snow making + bump skiers = fun in the spring.
 

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There were bare spots in January at Jay too, I hear what your saying.
 

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I have skied into late April and early May at Killington, Jay, Wildcat, Sunday River and Sugarloaf with great conditions. Last year, I was at MRG's season close sometime the first week in April and by April 6 at Jay it was almost summer conditions in terms of deep slush and many bare spots.  I don't think anyone had more than a week or so left open. Hard to plan spring in New England.

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Stowe, Smugglers and Jay are kinda out. I am headed back to Jay March 11th, would be my 2nd trip this season from NJ... I couldn't bring myself to making that 7 hour drive again. Sugar is possible 6 hours or say. Crap I could do Killington in 5 hours, trees aren't great there tho.

 

How LATE in the season can I go, well into April to find fresh powder?


 

noone can tell you that. We just had 50 days in row of powder skiing at stowe. it was quite possible the best skiing in the world during that time period. noone could have told you that either and there were many days the groomers were scoured but the BC was skiing knee deep.

 

Last year we melted out super quick early april only to have it dump on the mount end of april after closing.

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Sugarloaf was the last to close in the east last year.

 

While other places only had a handful of trails open in April Sugarloaf still had more than 50.

 

Snowbowler nice pictures. I'm pretty sure I was there around that time in 2007.

 

I forget the exact date but sometime around the 2nd week in April we got hit with almost 3ft of snow overnight.

 

There was no wind when the snow fell so it stayed where it dropped.

 

Probably my best powder day ever.

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Sugarloaf was the last to close in the east last year.

 

While other places only had a handful of trails open in April Sugarloaf still had more than 50.

 

Snowbowler nice pictures. I'm pretty sure I was there around that time in 2007.

 

I forget the exact date but sometime around the 2nd week in April we got hit with almost 3ft of snow overnight.

 

There was no wind when the snow fell so it stayed where it dropped.

 

Probably my best powder day ever.

It was the 3rd week because it was the kids April school vacation. We were not planning anymore skiing, hadn't been skiing in close to 2 weeks and this freak storm blows in . I had a house to start the finish wiring on and the lead carpenter said he wasn't ready, called the Loaf that morning and booked up a room. The lady taking the reservations said there were some rooms left the problem would be getting there because all the rivers were rising quite rapidly. We got there and had 2-3' powder runs all day long and then great soft snow for the next 2 days. Only problem with the 1st day is that they were not running King Pine and you had to hike out of that area but it was well worth it. Unfortunately I have not been back since then. Have spent the money for two trips out to Utah but I really want to get back to the Loaf. Is Spillway East chair running anymore after the accident? That chair is the only one worth it to me Bubblecuffer is where I like to ski.
 

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Spillway East reopened earlier this week and today Sugarloaf announced it would be replaced over the summer with a fixed quad.

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It was the 3rd week because it was the kids April school vacation. We were not planning anymore skiing, hadn't been skiing in close to 2 weeks and this freak storm blows in . I had a house to start the finish wiring on and the lead carpenter said he wasn't ready, called the Loaf that morning and booked up a room. The lady taking the reservations said there were some rooms left the problem would be getting there because all the rivers were rising quite rapidly. We got there and had 2-3' powder runs all day long and then great soft snow for the next 2 days. Only problem with the 1st day is that they were not running King Pine and you had to hike out of that area but it was well worth it. Unfortunately I have not been back since then. Have spent the money for two trips out to Utah but I really want to get back to the Loaf. Is Spillway East chair running anymore after the accident? That chair is the only one worth it to me Bubblecuffer is where I like to ski.
 


Not sure if was 2007 but it was the last season ASC owned the place. The day I'm talking about King Pine didn't open till the afternoon. It was great I even made the 1st tracks down the trail from Widow Maker down to the base of King Pine. They had groomed the trail leading out so it was easy getting out but a little time consuming getting back up there. Must have made a 1/2 dozen runs over there making fresh tracks every time. Nobody was skiing over there. When they finally opened the chair it got chopped up pretty quickly. This was after making several fresh track runs off Spillway in the morning & meandering over when that started getting chopped up. They let us load the super quad at 8:20 & hardly anyone was there because unless you were staying on mountain you couldn't get there because of all the snow. What a morning, one I'll never forget.

 

I've been to the Loaf quite a few times in April & have yet to be disappointed with snow conditions. That's why it's the King of Spring in the east.

 

Here's a picture on Bubblecuffer taken April 20 last year. Sugaloaf closed May 2 & still had snow but no business.

 

 

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