After Whiteface and Gore Mountain closed on April 21, the closest lift served options were in Vermont. Sugarbush offered a final free ski day on May 4 and Sugarloaf in Maine closed on May 5.
When Mont Saint Sauveur in Quebec closed on May 19, only the Killington in Vermont remained. The photo featured above certainly isn’t a remarkable ski photo except for it’s ubiquity.
Taken on May 5, it shows ten feet of snow remaining on Killington’s Superstar — similar photos were posted repeatedly on Facebook and Ski Forums around the internet — a testament to Killington’s commitment to a return to beastdom.
We got a quick update from the new General Manager about upgrades and infrastructure improvements on the mountain. Here’s Aaron’s to-do list for the remainder of the summer and the offseason:
“We’re planning to cut a new glade that starts about halfway down Hoyt’s High and will run to the base of Lift 6, the Summit Quad. The glade, when open, will allow access to the summit chair (lift 6) or back to the lookout lift. It’s approximately 25 degrees in pitch, 1500’ feet long and spans 680 vertical feet. The glade doesn’t have a name yet. (We’ll be holding a naming contest.)
We’re assembling an employee crew to do a thorough glade cleanup to allow for earlier openings and later closings.
We’re purchasing a new Pisten Bully 600 Winch Cat. The Cat will be used all over the mountain; we find ourselves winching both expert and intermediate trails so the winch is a very valuable versatile machine for us.
We’ve ordered 35 new low-E Techno Alpin Rubis Evo guns for Easy Street, Broadway, and Excelsior. We’re also installing a new Techno Alpine TF-10 on an arm on the big wide section of Lower Valley’s Tower 10 hill. This is a newer, higher capacity version of the yellow fan guns you see around the mountain.
While New York really didn’t get much snowfall after the end of March, we had one thing we’d missed out on over the last several years: ideal spring skiing temps with cool nights and days that were warm enough, but not blowtorch.
To illustrate the point, in 2011-12 season the last mountain to close was Whiteface, spinning it’s lifts for the last time on March 25, 2012. That year only Holimont, Hunter and Whiteface made it until the last weekend in March. In contrast in the 2012 – 2013 season sixteen New York ski mountains closed in April.
Mountains that made it to the first weekend in April this year included Greek Peak, McCauley, Peek n Peak, Snow Ridge, Song Mountain, Swain, Woods Valley and West Mountain.