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Ski Season Calendar

The summer solstice is, by our thinking at NY Ski Blog, the farthest point from the season in the northern hemisphere. From this day forward we move closer to winter. This summer has been pleasant and we can smile just a little bit wider as the days get shorter.

DATE MILESTONE
Varies Off Season Begins
Varies First Pass Deadlines
June 21 Summer Solstice
July 21 Northern Hemisphere Begins Cooling
Aug 10 First Issue Powder Mag
Labor Day Unofficial End of Summer
Sep 21 Fall Begins
October Killington vs Sunday River
Thanksgiving Start of Ski Season for the Rest
Dec 21 Start of Calendar Winter
Jan 1 Mid-winter Begins
Presidents Week Optimist’s Halftime
March 15 ~ Start of Spring Skiing (NY)
March 21 Start of Calendar Spring
Varies Last Day of Lift Service in NY
May Beast and Tux Season
Varies Last Day of Skiing

Six years ago, for the first time, we published a list of milestones on the longest day of the year, and it’s become a tradition to update it and feature it on the home page.  Here is this year’s summer solstice ski season calendar update. Notable this season was the incredible effort Killington made to reach June.

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Gore Mountain Reopens the Hudson Trail

As announced earlier this season on Facebook, Gore Mountain is working this summer to reopen the original Hudson Trail on Town of Johnsburg land at the North Creek Ski Bowl.

Hudson-Trail-Entrance

The reborn trail leaves the current lift line at Tower 13 and makes it’s way down little Gore Mountain roughly parallel to 46er, rejoining the trail at Tower 4. There are will be couple of exits back to the lift at Tower 9 and Tower 7.

It’s a fall line trail with naturally banked turns that will require minimal earth moving to complete. We spoke to Mike Pratt Gore GM about this project in the last few days.

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A Future for Hickory Ski Center

Hickory Ski Center in Warrensburg, NY is an American ski treasure. Equal parts museum and first-rate ski hill, Hickory is simple, wonderful, and reliably true to its roots. From its quirky surface lifts to hand-built fire pit and deck, little has changed over the years.  The Ski Center is a throwback to a simpler time evoking memories of your first time on skis.

Top-Notch-BW

Founded by 10th Mountain Division ski troopers returning from combat in Europe, Hickory’s trails, lodge and lifts display the craftsmanship of the greatest generation.  Today, Hickory operates with the help of dedicated volunteers who cut trails each fall and serve on the board of directors.

The summit is 1,200 feet above the banks of the Hudson River and the ski area boasts the sixth highest vertical drop in New York. The hill features quality expert and tree skiing runs that use the full vertical without runout.  Lifts turn on weekends and holidays when there is enough natural snow. The hill faces north so a motivated weekend warrior actually has a shot at powder on Saturday.

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