While much of the region celebrates unseasonably warm temperatures, the news is a lot grimmer for skiers and riders, who watch the turbulent snow season dwindle away each day. Summer-like temperatures throughout New England are forcing many resorts to cut their seasons short, with more very likely as we hurdle toward the weekend.
Among the resorts already shutting their doors for the season are Magic, Cranmore, Black, Bromley, Pico, Mad River Glen, Wachusett, Crotched, and Butternut, with Bolton Valley, Okemo, and Mount Snow announcing this week that this weekend will be the final hurrah as well. The sad fact of the matter is, you can expect more than a few more to announce the same in the coming days.
Some will survive into April, particularly with a healthy calendar of events planned, but even big boys like Sugarbush are feeling the heat, having pushed up its annual pond-skimming to this weekend instead of next. If you like spring skiing, conditions at many mountains are glorious. Just too glorious.
Who will make it to April? Place bets on Stowe, Jay, Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Killington, and Saddleback. Wildcat had planned on closing May 1, but the dwindling trail report from this week seems to make that a pipe dream.
Want hope? Ha.
Well, actually, things are supposed to be more seasonably normal after this weekend, which will certainly help preserve snowpack, and don't count out the possibility of a spring storm either. One only has to go back two years to remember the surprise mid-April storm that dumped a foot of snow over portions of New Hampshire and Maine.
But for most places, the damage has already been done. The season is going out on a rapid note. The best to say is that we can finally say good riddance to one of the more difficult snow years in the past six years.
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.