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post #31 of 40

Originally Posted by doidasso View Post

But if the temps are right then they should make snow right? Its their lively-hood, -I would assume to get things up and running as soon as possible?

Most east coast ski areas don't count the time around Thanksgiving as essential operating season.  Their business model is predicated on being open (with most terrain accessible) by Christmas, and staying open through Easter.  Anything beyond that on either end is gravy, save for some of the more prominent resorts (e.g. Killington, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, et al).

For east coast resorts to do well in a season, here are the dates they need to both be open and have maximum terrain open:

- Christmas to New Year's (usually December 22-January 3)
- MLK weekend (late January)
- President's Day weekend (mid February)
- school breaks (vary from late January to late February, depending on individual states' academic calendars)
- Easter (March-April, depending on the year)

Even Easter is a stretch for some of the mom-and-pop areas, so they aim for the lucrative time from Christmas to the beginning of March, when families will take trips during school breaks.

Hopefully things will cool down here in the east.  The Nor'easter that's currently pounding New England is too warm to have a good base-building effect in the Green and White Mountains, which is a shame.  If things were 10-15 degrees colder, they'd be counting the snowfall in feet this weekend.

Good luck!
post #32 of 40
I left Waterville Valley at 8:30 this morning and it was 48 degrees with the rain just starting.
Not good.
Looks like they might be able to blow a little snow later this week, but the wet and warm that's supposed to come back by next weekend probably means it won't be worth bothering.
At least I'm not too upset that I'm going to be out of town until late on Saturday and will miss WV's opening day.
post #33 of 40
well..just checked out Stowe's website...opening day is in 5 days.... Killington is on the radar as well as Jay and WHATEVER is open at this point.  As presumptuous as I may be in buying my lift tickets ahead of time I am determined to find my solace on the slopes...somewhere... My commute will be determined by my will (from Worcester) to anything that is open and I will not ...repeat WILL NOT deviate from my desire to rip!

Songfta tks for the info .. Hope to see you out there
post #34 of 40
doidasso, If you are determined to ski at that time and it sounds like you are, if you are coming up to Vt look into Okemo, Killington, Sugarbush and Stowe. If you are buying tickets ahead of time those places have the best chance of having stuff open. Okemo for the quite a few years now has had good top to bottom skiing on a few runs that early, Killington will try to have a lot of trails open also, more for advanced skiing at the top of the mountain not as much  easier beginner runs that are towards the base.
post #35 of 40
Tks snowbowler, Okemo is pretty close to where im staying also.  I contacted litftopia about transferring/exchanging my tickets for Jay, Killington or Stowe and  they seem to have good customer service. If not, then a refund would also be an option - Im sure I can find descent deals for early skiing anyways ..
post #36 of 40
hey guys leaving for Boston tomorrow and the weather is calling for some snow toward the end of the week.. Fingers crossed. Looks like Stratton might be a good bet or Killington, but aside from calling each resort directly is there a website I can check to see which mountains/trails are actually open? I usually check skireport and goski but there is some ambiguity as to the details.. Any thoughts? tks
post #37 of 40
doidasso, If you are going to get any skiing in it probably will only be at Killington and not until Sunday, check their website
post #38 of 40
hey snowbowler, tks for the tip - lodging at Sunday River cause i just couldn't resist=] Just got some snow a few hours ago (2-3inches) mixed with some rain - hittin' some turns tomorrow and maybe Killington if enough trails are open and they open.

Any local bears in the area look out for the red guy with the mean beard and modest abilities
post #39 of 40
ooof...brutal conditions out there...patchy, muddy, rocky, and a LOT of walking..Next stop local pub. Bye bye Sunday bloody sunday..too early for any recreational skier out there.
post #40 of 40
I think you were just a week's supposed to be a cold week and the guns should be working overtime. The trails were at least white at Waterville Valley, and the guns at the peak were going last night and this AM. I would imagine quite a few trails further North will be open by next weekend.
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