When does ski season start?
The summer solstice is, by our thinking at NYSkiBlog, the farthest point from the ski season in New York. From this day forward we move closer to winter. We smile just a little bit wider as the days get shorter.
Twelve years ago, for the first time, we published our Ski Season Calendar, a list of milestones for skiers on the longest day of the year. It’s become a tradition to feature it on the home page and update it as necessary. Last year at this time we again predicted (hoped) that life would return to normal and maybe it has. One thing is an immutable truth once we had some excellent ski days this season.
One great thing that has return, this the Beast. It looks like efforts to extend the season have gotten stronger. Gore closed on May 1 this year, their latest closing in history. And even with economic uncertainty, investments in the future of skiing continue to be strong.
The Ski Season Calendar
|Varies||Off Season Begins|
|Varies||First Pass Deadlines|
|June 21||Summer Solstice|
|July 21||Northern Hemisphere Begins Cooling|
|(Aug 10)||(First Issue Powder Magazine* RIP)|
|Labor Day||Unofficial End of Summer|
|Sep 21||Fall Begins|
|October||Killington vs Sunday River|
|Thanksgiving||Start of Ski Season in NY|
|Dec 21||Start of Calendar Winter|
|Jan 1||Mid-winter Begins|
|2nd Weekend in Jan||NYSkiBlog Annual Meeting|
|Presidents Week||Optimist’s Halftime|
|March 15||~ Start of Spring Skiing in 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|
For road warriors more and more it seems picking your days is the key. For locals, skiing itself hasn’t been that different, but almost everything that surrounds the sport has changed. As we always have, we’ll plow ahead.
Maybe the most exciting thing is the return and ribirth the social aspect of skiing. Riding lifts together, taking strategy, and creating bonds again.
*In our dreams, the printed version of Powder Magazine, will return.
Traditionally, we use the off-season to look for ways to upgrade the site and we highlight changes in this post. This year, upgrades at NYSkiBlog HQ are taking center stage. More on that later.
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? What changes from this most unusual season should be added to the calendar as permanent fixtures?
If you’ve got something you think we should add, post it in the comments.