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Last call comes early for some

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  April 7, 2010 08:10 AM

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Nothing we hate to see more than local ski resorts being forced to close earlier than their anticipated last day of the season. Yesterday, Stowe and Cannon both announced they were shutting down operations this week (Cannon, today, Stowe, Sunday with some optimism). Smuggler's Notch announced on Monday that yesterday was its final day of the season.

 

And based on the rain and temperatures forecasted for this week, it's possible that a few other spring destinations, may not be spinning the lifts as late into the season as they have in past years.

 

On the other hand, Vermont's Jay Peak and Killington (Superstar, at least) seem determined to remain open for the entire month, and both still seem to hold designs on making it into May. No official word from Maine's Sugarloaf, which hosts its annual Reggae Festival next weekend, but reports suggest that there is still plenty of snow there.

 

In New Hampshire, Wildcat has said its last day would be April 19, but would hold open the possibility of pushing things a bit further. I skied at the Pinkham Notch locale last Friday, and it certainly seems like they have enough snow to get past that date…pending, of course.

 

Sunday River is celebrating its Parrot Head Festival this weekend, which despite the grating presence of Jimmy Buffet music, is a killer time. Try the painkillers. The River is also scheduled to close up April 19 – weather permitting – by offering free skiing and riding.

 

So, while the end has come for many, and the end is near for everybody else, east of Colorado (what is up with that?), still a few good opportunities for lift-serviced skiing in New England. Then of course comes the annual May-June ritual of denial, acceptance somewhere on a beach in July, and the August tent sale season to fuel that passion all over again.

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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