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.
Eleven 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 naively predicted (hoped) that life would return to normal by the time it started to snow. But this past year was clearly different. Still, mixed in with all the rules and reservations and distancing we had some excellent days.
One thing that didn’t happen last year, was the race to open between Killington and Sunday River. We’re counting on it this year. One thing that did happen, after many NY skiers were vaxed, there was a return to Vermont to enjoy Superstar season at Big K.
The Ski Season 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* 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|
There was some good that came out of the season. With Vermont out of reach for many New Yorkers, skiers explored NY like never before. Skier visits in the state were up significantly and our front page featured more NY ski areas than ever before. We also enjoyed an incredible run of cold and snow that featured some truly excellent skiing.
All that said, it’s our greatest hope that we can return to normal. One thing the pandemic made clear to us, was the importance of the social aspect of skiing. Riding lifts alone, and limited mid-winter après celebrations, created deeper appreciation for each other.
*It is our sincere hope that someday, 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, we’re most excited about building out the NYSkiBlog Directory, especially our section on NY Historical Weather Data.
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.