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. We smile just a little bit wider as the days get shorter.

Nine 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 year due to an incredible run of late season cold and snow, ski areas made it deep into April and Whiteface had their latest closing day ever, on Cinco de Mayo. In addition, after meeting Porter Fox and Dave Reddick of Powder Magazine at Plattekill we’re more excited than ever to see the first issue.

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
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. Last summer we finally achieved our goal of moving the blog to a responsive (mobile friendly) format and this off season we are working to 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.

20 comments on “Ski Season Calendar

  1. In a normal year anywhere from the Catskills north, I wouldn’t expect the beginning of spring skiing until at least mid-March. This past season was obviously at least two weeks ahead of schedule.

  2. March typically is the month with the most snowfall in New England…but I think due to climate change, the snowfall has been dropping off substantially over the years.

    Late March is the beginning of spring skiing…early March is still mid-winter, which begins sometime between MLK and Prez week. MLK used to be mid-winter, but lately it is still early season with snowmaking underway and not the whole mountain open.

  3. Add this to the calendar –

    Late August: the real stoke begins when the first issue of Powder Magazine hits the newsstand.

  4. James… I looked into our past TRs from March. If you throw out this year โ€” which was insanely hot โ€” I found a mix of winter and spring conditions in the time period. I did find some good Weather Data for Belleayre on MSN that backs up what you are saying. I guess I was struggling with calling March “mid-winter.”

    SBR… consider Powder added.

  5. I don’t think 2 warm snow less Marches make a trend..3 years ago we were buried up to our necks during the months of March and April..

  6. @ Steve: It’s an enviable calendar for sure. What would you say is the “average closing date” for Tux? Opening?

  7. Greetings from Virginia. Banana Belt Ski Calendar:

    Early Nov: hit the local ski show, except they stopped holding one in our area a couple years ago:-( Nonetheless, some form of this entry should appear on your Ski Season Calendar above for everyone.

    Dec 10 (approx): Ski season starts for most mid-Atlantic resorts

    Christmas Week: In a good year the more aggressive snowmakers have the majority of their slopes open

    Jan 15: Right about now we’re due for a January thaw

    Feb 1: Most likely opening in the narrow window for some local powder

    Feb 15 (approx):Crowds peak for President’s Day Weekend, then drop off the table

    Mar 1: Spring skiing could last from the first week to the third week of March, crowds gone, lower prices, sunny soft bumps, living is good.

    Mar 15 (approx): Majority of local resorts close with 80% of their terrain open, if slushy. But no customers.

    After Mar 15: Head somewhere North or West for a week of “reward” skiing:-)

  8. You’re going to ski earlier many other places than Tux. Even in December it’s not skiable really, it takes a long time to cover the junk. Fortunately, we get it all back on the other side.

    I wonder if K and SR will race again to run the lifts this October.

  9. Here’s another date: Early October: the huge stoke you get when ski areas post pics/video of turning on the snow guns for the first time in the season. My local resort, Snowshoe, the past few years has posted a slickly edited video with cool music of them cranking up the snow guns and blowing the mice out. They put it on their website and facebook prominently, and link to it with an email blast. Last year’s video was so well done, it almost brought tears to my eyes. People see that, and book a ski trip.

  10. September and October are probably the most painful months out of the year. When Sunday River opened in October this past year, I can’t tell you how tempted I was to hop in the car and make that 7+ hour trip up there.

  11. Spring skiing?… depends on the season. Last year, I skied [cross-country] on hard wax instead of klister on March 30. This year, we may as well not have had winter.

    Missing the winter of…. I think it was 2001, when Bennington VT’s Prospect Mt received 9 feet of snow in March. You read that right. Nine FEET!

  12. I guess all the dates vary. Two years ago the first issue of Powder came on August 20 and this past season it was on the 10th. This past year by March 15th it was close to 80 degrees and there was little left. By 3/18 most of the NY mountains were closed. Even the summer solstice changes from year-to-year.

  13. Well, one I have in my brain is Jan. 3 to about 5 or 6, when the holidays are finally over and the stupid crowds who only come out at xmas/new years go home and then winter really sets in.

  14. June & July – get the house ready for ski season
    Aug – medical recert training begins.
    Sept – Prep for fall refresher programs, begin training the rest of the regional patrols.
    Columbus day weekend – race team pro night
    Oct – Gore patrol refresher
    Turkey day – Mountain opens
    Nov – April: ski, ski, ski.

  15. Lateski in the past we’ve changed the site banner on NYSB on November 1 and May 1. That’s something I do, and this year I couldn’t bring myself to make the switch with Killington, Jay and Sugarbush still spinning. Thanks for the shout out though… it’s cool to have our header status lumped in with the events listed in the calendar.

  16. Another event that over the last 7 or 8 years has become a tradition on the ski calendar: on the weekend after President’s Weekend I attend a gathering of online friends. We rent a ski house or two and often represent a half dozen or more different home states. We have a great time on that one weekend making the shift from virtual ski buddies to real ski buddies! Good conditions are most welcome, but surprisingly, almost immaterial to the fun we have skiing and hanging together.

  17. While driving home from work the other day, the third of July to be exact. In the torrent of thunderous rain, it began to hail. Frozen precipitation. Some pulled off the road on fear. I pushed my pedal down hard smiling at the roar of the frozen, white, ice pounding my Jeep. Because, if it’s frozen, it’s good, and in the blink of an eye, I could feel the snow under my feet, the cold rush of winters air in my hair and I knew that summers days are numbered and just perhaps, Mother Nature will blanket us in white fury.

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