Who's in for some spring skiing? Should be lots of snow around. I still really want to ski Saddleback, but would consider anything.
April 3-5th East Coast mini get together? Maine? Vermont?
If all goes as planned - which it won't, because nothing has this season - I will be spending two long weekends in Vermont in March. Therefore I will be staying closer to home in April ... especially since injury and - more recently - profound and unspeakably frustrating bouts of Murphy's Law have kept me off the snow all season. [Insert crying smiley here.] Would love a two day Saddleback / Sugarloaf spring fling. Gotta plan around Reggaefest, though.
I was planning a 3 day weekend trip to Maine around then. Portland is generally easier for me to fly into than Burlington.
I like Reggae. I tolerate Bud Light. But I also like uncrowded skiing.
Work and family issues have made this season so far 100% Berkshire East and Wachusett. No Western trip, no other ski trips. Big project ends April 6th, so that weekend is my big chance.
2 days at Saddleback perhaps?
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Saddleback may also be closed by then…The are similar to our home mountain as the amount of snow on the hill doesn't determine the length of their season.
Saddle back is wonderful and cheap. Plenty of cabin/ motel type lodging in Rangely ad ythe slope side condo/ town home scene at Saddleback is pretty good…probably real cheap that time of Year if still open.
I think I'm in on this trip.
Perhaps our resident Ambassador for Saddleback, qcanoe, could comment on its policy or practice. While I have never skied it at that time of year it would surprise me if the hill shut down that early, as a matter of course, especially if there is good spring snow. Sugarloaf, my home hill, has no auto-closing date. I regularly ski it into May, so long as there is coverage. Got to love a hill that is motivated by late season bragging rights.
Sorry for the slow reply. Saddleback doesn't seem to be advertising their closing date right now. They are probably playing it by ear. Generally their last weekend is in mid April. Usually this is driven more by (lack of) ticket sales than by lack of snow, as Liam points out. Some of my best days there have been in April.
That said, long range planning for a spring ski weekend in New England is always risky due to likelihood of refrozen hardpan / wind holds / rain / you name it.
Moving some stuff from the New England Weather thread here, because this is where it belongs (@JohnL).
Looks like the weekend of 4/18-4/19 is out for me since I have professional (arrested?) development that weekend. Twice a year thing which is one week early this spring for some reason.
So, either 4/11 or 4/25 for me. Think the Loaf will 1) still be open and 2) have enough trails open on the 25th?
John, there is only one responsible (and, incidentally, ass-covering) response to this question:
Hard tellin', not knowin'.
Either weekend could be superb or totally sucky, depending. We could get a monsoon or we could stay in icebox mode for another month. You know that. It's not sunny Malibu here, Ken. So far it's still full-on winter conditions, barring the few spring-like days we had last week. You may have seen my post in the other thread. Powder refills at Saddleback this past Sunday. Still building up the base there for the moment, albeit with plenty of gray ice underneath, as Bob found out when he went down from a standing still start on Warden's Worry and slid about ten body lengths before being saved by shrubberies, surface pow notwithstanding.
@SkiMangoJazz, keep me posted.
@mogsie, did you make it to Saddleback?
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Right now my wife and I are planning either MRG or Stowe on Easter weekend, Friday to Sunday. We both got new skis in the past few weeks so we're itching for a few more turns before the season ends
Planning will be last minute, and will be weather dependent.
Have a family reunion saturday the fourth but could join for a day if you are north enough( friday, sunday or monday)... Jay Peak ( could be there friday...), Sugarbush, Whiteface, Sutton,...
So you came North to visit?
An additional data point to take into account, in the wake of Saturday's accident, is that the King Pine lift at the Loaf is not likely to re-open this season IMO. (Who would ride it anyway?) This is not by any means a showstopper for skiing at Sugarloaf, but it does make some of the east-facing terrain that softens up first in the morning more difficult to access. It might also cause a slight increase in traffic at the other lifts.
The last thing I'm going to do is tell someone it's a safe bet to buy a plane ticket to ski New England in April on a fixed date. Southwest is good about crediting your fare to a flight - possibly somewhere else - later in the year if weather is looking catastrophic. Anyway, I guess my point is that a split destination between Sugarloaf and Saddleback may be turn out to be more appealing than an all-Sugarloaf trip. In that case, @JohnL, you are probably safer with the weekend of the 11-12, Reggae Fest or no Reggae Fest, because Saddleback may well be closed by the 25th. Also, it's possible that if you are rained out for the 11-12 you could move a Southwest ticket to the 25-26.
Saddleback now has a note (appended) on their website that implies they will still be open the 11-12, though I'm sure they aren't issuing guarantees. This may also be telegraphing that they will NOT be open after that weekend.
April 9-12 is a strong possibility. I am not but are you doing the PSIA event on 4/9, 10?