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April skiing in Northeast this season

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Any recs on getting some skiing in this April? I know Killington is open well into April/May but is it going to be all mud and slush? Would like to get some skiing in before the season ends.

 

Any other options open into mid April that may have decent conditions this year?

 

Thanks

post #2 of 15

Jay Peak has a decent amount of terrain open, and they generally get more snow than a lot of the other VT mountains.  I heard that Sugarbush is doing ok, and Stowe has a lot of trails open as well.  

 

I skied Killington on Saturday and it was fine, but I expect it to deteriorate significantly over the next couple of weeks as there is rain in the forecast.  Other than Outer Limits, Bear Mountain was pretty much shot.  I would be shocked if it stays open for much more than the Mogul Challenge next month. As it is, Bear is closed M-Th these days to preserve the fragile snowpack.  I found that the Canyon and Peak areas were in the best shape, even though they were a bit icy.  Superstar is also going to last for a while longer.

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I wanted to get a weekend of skiing in next weekend (Apr 1-3) but forecast for VT seems to be warm weather and rain during the week. As someone who has never been skiing in the Spring on the East Coast, is 50s and rain pretty much a recipe for disaster or can it be enjoyed if there is decent snowmaking? 

post #4 of 15

Up in Quebec there is still a fair amount of snow at Mont Sainte-Anne and Le Massif de Charlevoix. Even with some rain (forecast for next week), the 12 feet of base should last a few more weeks.

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Thanks. I wanted to get a weekend of skiing in next weekend (Apr 1-3) but forecast for VT seems to be warm weather and rain during the week. As someone who has never been skiing in the Spring on the East Coast, is 50s and rain pretty much a recipe for disaster or can it be enjoyed if there is decent snowmaking? 

 

Snowmaking still requires cold temps, and there won't be any if the temperature isn't somewhat below freezing. They'll be grooming out and preserving what base they have, but not making new snow if it's warm and/or rainy.

 

Now just to use Stowe as an example, there's a chance Monday and Tuesday night, then warmer, but it should get colder for the weekend. I have no idea if they'll make snow this late in the season though. 

 

Still, warm and even some rain can be fun if everything is just soft, and not too sloppy. Often that means getting out early before it gets too warm.

post #6 of 15

If you have been watching press releases from resorts in VT and NH it is pretty obvious you will need to be getting out and skiing one of the next two weekends. This is going to be a very very short April season at most places.

 

Yes, Killington will keep Superstar open until the bitter muddy end, but they have already pretty much announced that much of the remaining mountain is closing after this weekend. They still have okay coverage in a lot of places, but nothing that will keep real skiing going into late April or May.

 

Sugarbush and Stowe will probably close the first or second week in April. Stowe always closes what feels like on the early side, and a lot of that is driven by people just not showing up.

 

If you want to ski--go now!

post #7 of 15

Killington was losing terrain rapidly last weekend, and that was a cold weekend.  Warmth is bad.  But rain is brutal.  It will take out a massive amount of terrain.

 

I would be shocked if anyone is making snow, or even if anyone was making snow at any point in March.  The Winter was such a disaster for the mountains, that there probably was very limited ROI on any snowmaking in March.  Killington was not making any snow last weekend, when it was below 30 all over the mountain (the one gun at the base of Superstar notwithstanding).

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Of the VT resorts, it sounds like Stowe is the best bet, maybe Sugarbush. Forecast makes Stowe look a lot better. Do you think there may be two weekends left?

Feel like southern VT is a no go given the forecast. Loon actually looked okay from my research.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 

What would you pick between Stratton, Sugarbush, and Loon for this weekend?

post #10 of 15
I skied Bretton Woods this past Sat. and it was great. Two weeks earlier I was at Sunapee. I am greatly impressed with how well crews at all these mountains have been able to keep things going this long and make the most of what they have. That said If I get one more day in this season it will be Jay Peak. We shall see.
post #11 of 15

I was at Jay two weekends ago, and at Sunday River last weekend. Didn't ski this weekend. Jay was really bad, less than 50% terrain open and melting fast. They don't make a lot of snow, because usually they get plenty of natural, and it shows this year. I did here the area's in upper Canada mentioned above are skiing great and they got snow instead of the rain in NE for most of the winter.

 

I am not sure about Stowe, I do think they make a lot of snow.  Sunday River in ME has made a lot of snow this winter, and they had their guns on for two days last weekend. They have the best conditions I have seen this winter. They are about 75%open and very good coverage on most trails. If they didn't make snow, the trail is closed. I also skied Attitash last weekend and not as good as SR, but decent.

 

If I were you, I would go to SR in the next 1-2 weeks before it melts. SR plans to stay open till May 1, and they might make it.

post #12 of 15
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I was at Jay two weekends ago, and at Sunday River last weekend. Didn't ski this weekend. Jay was really bad, less than 50% terrain open and melting fast. They don't make a lot of snow, because usually they get plenty of natural, and it shows this year. they spent the $$ on a water park and hotels instead of snowmaking infrastructure.

I went ahead and fixed that for you.

post #13 of 15
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I was at Jay two weekends ago, and at Sunday River last weekend. Didn't ski this weekend. Jay was really bad, less than 50% terrain open and melting fast. They don't make a lot of snow, because usually they get plenty of natural, and it shows this year. I did here the area's in upper Canada mentioned above are skiing great and they got snow instead of the rain in NE for most of the winter.

 

I am not sure about Stowe, I do think they make a lot of snow.  Sunday River in ME has made a lot of snow this winter, and they had their guns on for two days last weekend. They have the best conditions I have seen this winter. They are about 75%open and very good coverage on most trails. If they didn't make snow, the trail is closed. I also skied Attitash last weekend and not as good as SR, but decent.

 

If I were you, I would go to SR in the next 1-2 weeks before it melts. SR plans to stay open till May 1, and they might make it.


Jay got 8" this last Wed and another 2" Thursday morning.  I skied there Thursday.  

The whole mountain was full of fresh snow.

The woods were open.  

post #14 of 15

Wow, that is surprising, but good news. Did Jay open up much of their expert terrain with that amount of snow?

 

When I was there, 3 weeks ago, some glades were open when it warmed up. There were lots of bare spots and exposed rocks, so you (me at least) had to pick your way through it if you cared about the bottoms of your skis. 

post #15 of 15

I was at Stowe this past weekend Saturday and Sunday.  Coverage on snow making trails is still pretty good on the main mountain.  Both days were wonderful with the sun coming out and temps warming up just enough to soften things up a bit for some great spring skiing.  I was also at Stratton 2 weeks ago and Stowe was in better shape this weekend that Stratton was then.

 

I heard, though don't know how true it is, that they were still shooting for April 24 as their last day.  Hoping I can get up there at least once more this season!

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