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. We smile just a little bit wider as the days get shorter.
Ten 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. This past year was a long one, starting with a Snowvember to remember, and running all the way into June with the latest Killington closing in the last several years. At the highest elevations the snowpack was deep, with the stake at Mount Mansfield setting several records during the season.
|Varies||Off Season Begins|
|Varies||First Pass Deadlines|
|June 21||Summer Solstice|
|July 21||Northern Hemisphere Begins Cooling|
|Aug 10||First Issue Powder Magazine|
|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|
|1st Weekend in Jan||NYSkiBlog Annual Meeting|
|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|
We try to find ways to continually move NYSB forward and summer is an important part of that effort. Two years ago we finally achieved our goal of moving the blog to a responsive (mobile friendly) format and this off season we are (again) hopeful we update the forum software. We can’t seem to get away from the phrase “off-season” but we are working on it.
Here is this year’s summer solstice ski season calendar update. Do you have a ski calendar in your head? If so, how do you mark annual milestones? Some of these milestones are ours and some have been contributed by our readers. If you’ve got something to add, post a comment.