Forecast is for highs in the mid 50's in VT and rain tues/wed. who will survive? who is done by midweek/weekend?
I think our local hill in upstate NY will get through one more week - possibly two but the conditions after this week will totally suck.
I'll be interested to hear thoughts and reports on Stowe and Jay as the week goes on -- was thinking of taking the kids up there next Sat - Tues. Early to mid Spring conditions would be good -- but late spring slush and puddles would be bad.
Concerned about any and all of them myself. I'll be in Tremblant this weekend, and Killington next, and I'm not expecting much.
This past weekend at Windham was rough - Saturday had some scraped over ice patches (Why Not? had a full ridge of pushed around snow at the crest of the last slope, with caution markers running from side to side).
By Sunday after lunch, all of the ice patches were slush, and spreading over the entire width of the trail. Saw a couple of bad falls as people 'hit the brakes' on puddles and got thrown forward. Under the A lift was a wide expanse of grass with a river of melt-off running through it. Don't see how they can make it much longer.
You should really be asking who will survive next week. If you think this week was warm, just wait! The weather models are showing some really warm air for the next two weeks. The weather pattern looks more like June than March.
This weekend Waterville Valley and Cannon still had good coverage, but I agree that the south facing and natural terrain is toast. Wachusett is looking really rough and they'll likely be done after this weekend. I don't see them making the end of the month. I'm just not making any bets on who survives given these warm temperatures.
Little Nashoba Valley here in Massachusetts has long since closed for the season, but I drove by it yesterday (I work like 10 minutes away) to see what was left, and the hill was surprisingly still white. (And it was been downright summer-like here in eastern Mass the past couple days). Man-made snow seems to last forever.
After skiing Wachusett late last week I will be surprised if they can make it to the end of the month. The cover was getting pretty thin before the rain and warm weather came, I don't see how they can make it through a few weeks of this stuff.
We're heading up to Cannon and Loon towards the end of the week and all I'm really hoping for is spring conditions and some nice weather for beers on the deck.
Give Wa a little more credit, they will do whatever they need to stay open til the end of the month for the pondskimming. They might close during the week, and re-open for the weekend to preserve snow. I will be patrolling up there tomorrow night and will get a better feel for it, the man made stuff packed down does last longer as KevinF mentioned.We'll see, if no skiing we'll just have to break out the clubs for good.
Timberline in Canaan Valley WV has its snowy luau this weekend. Could resemble a big slurpee. It was good last weekend but who knows what a week of 60s will create. The 24th and 25th could be even mushier, if at all. We may have to hike for turns in 10 days with the summer forcast. Gonna be 80 in East Virginia the rest of the week.
Killington has skied pretty well the last 2 days, but the thin spots and bare spots are appearing. It's surprising what the groomers can do however by pushing snow around. Still reporting 120 trails open but that will drop significantly as this weeks rolls on.
Man, it's been a real tough season here on the east coast and elsewhere. Barely any snowfall and now a warm spell for practically the whole month of March.
I mean, i can't remember a year where there has been absolutely no snowbank on the way to my home mountain for almost the whole ski season. Depressing. Should just go pitch a tent somewhere at Hood or Whistler for a few weeks.
Wachusett has closed down mid-week in an attempt to hold onto their snow until the weekend.
As for Okemo this weekend, if it is anything like last weekend in New Hampshire, I would expect just slush anywhere that the sun shines with some scraped off ice in the shade. However, considering that the forecast is for temperatures to stay above freezing, even at night, I think you should count on a lot more slush than ice even in the shade.
I just checked the latest weather model run. The temperatures are obviously way too low given the pattern that is setting up. (The models moderate their forecasts toward climatological norms.) Temperatures into the 80s across all of New England should be expected by Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
I left Vermont last night after a rainy day at Stowe. In my mind they have a couple weeks left in the mountain, though Starr and Lookout were starting to look pretty bare. Mostly the steep stuff is on its last legs. The woods still had a pretty decent amount of snow in them but are starting to melt. I think they'll make April pretty easy at a descent number of trails, but don't have much hope of going far into April. Either way, I've always thought of "Spring Skiing" as a euphemism for "this sucks, winter is over." Stowe definitely got the best base I've seen this year. I haven't been to Smuggs, but they might be worth looking at.
Skied Killington Monday, it's getting bare there. I've skied Okemo a couple times with my sister, they haven't had a good base all season but worked with what they had. My house is up a descent sized hill between these two and we have no snow left. From the road I could see bare spots peeking through though at Okemo. I skied the woods at Okemo over the weekend, definitely a mistake for my new skis. Those have got to be gone by now. I think a couple runs with great base at these resorts (Superstar, Chief, Quantum Leap) might make it a little longer, but if this heat doesn't break I don't see them making April.
This is the most depressing ski season I have on record.
Cannon and Loon both had (relatively speaking) decent enough coverage to make it through the week. I don't know how much more than that they have in the bag.
I'm hoping Wachusett can keep enough snow for one more day next weekend, but I doubt it.
Skied GS at Hunter a few weeks ago and one of the racers had the idea to do the run on ice skates.....he got a better time on them than on his GS skis! It was amazing and entertaining.
I wish you had video of that.