The earth is warming up. Unless someone puts a dome over Killington and refrigerates the place there won't be any late spring skiing except at the highest of altitudes (A Basin).
I am not trying to be a pain or mean ... but, let's face it ...
There is no real profitability in running a ski operation and the world is a much warmer place than it used to be. Are we, the consumers, placing unrealistic demands/expectations upon our local ski areas?
There has been no measureable effect on eastern skiing from global warming.
There has been a measureable impact on people's perceptions, by the media. That is what you see.....
For a long, long time, eastern skiing has been effected by variablity of the weather. And it still is. That's why it warms up to 60 degrees in January, and rains sometimes. Such is life.
That's why SNOWMAKING was invented, 50+ years ago.....VARIABLE EASTERN WEATHER.
Killington used to open early and stay open late by two specific strategies, which BEAT the weather:
1. High elevation skiing: early season. They made snow above 3500 ft, and served it with the Killington Double chair above the midstation. When you were done skiing, you would ride the chair back down to the base. Killington can't offer that right now because they replaced the double with a Gondola. They need to put one or two new upper mountain lifts that go back up to the top of the Gondola, to offer this type of skiing again. Will they? Who knows....it's only the most important thing they can do.
2. The superstar glacier: late season. They would blow 20+ feet (as much as 35 ft) of snow on Superstar, and keep that open until there was barely any left. There was usually enough snow to make it until June 1st.
So, if anyone tells you that Killington can't get open early and stay open late because of global warming, they are either ill informed, or LIEING to you!!!!
In reality, if they wanted to set up a short, 300 ft vert lift above 3,850 ft, going up to the K-1 at 4,150 ft, they could probably open in late September, and stay open until July 1st, on Upper Downdraft.....that would give them a 9 month season.