The summer solstice is, by our thinking at NY Ski Blog, the farthest point the ski season in the east. From this day forward we move closer to winter. We smile just a little bit wider as the days get shorter.
Eleven 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 obviously different. In the first half of the season we had some excellent days before everything came crashing down due to you-know-what. We’re optimists at NYSkiBlog and as such we’re going to assume — for now — that normalcy will return next season at the lastest. As such we’re not going to make wholesale changes to the calendar.
|Varies||Off Season Begins|
|Varies||First Pass Deadlines|
|June 20||Summer Solstice|
|July 20||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|
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. If you can think of a way to add something that incorporates the new reality, and is consistent with our generally optimistic view of the future and life in general, so much the better.