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Resorts making snow to extend season

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Staff  March 26, 2012 09:40 AM

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That's one way to describe the current state of New England ski resorts, many of whom were forced to shut off the lifts over the last few days, thanks to last week's record heat. A few survived - Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Wildcat, Loon, Bretton Woods, Jay Peak, Stowe, Sugarbush, Waterville Valley, and Killington - but everybody else has moved on to golfing season.

Does that mean the skiing riding season is finished? Nope. It's not typical to see snowmaking in late March, but this isn't your typical March either. Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon, Jay Peak, Saddleback, and Wildcat have all announced they will be blowing snow this week in anticipation of extending the season as long as they can. That's good news if you're looking to eke out another day or two on the slopes. But if you're still holding out hope for mid-April skiing, that storm better move its way here quickly.

Be sure to check websites, or call, to ensure operating schedules. Wildcat is closed until midweek as it makes snow; Bretton Woods is closed until Saturday. Waterville Valley is offering free skiing and riding until its anticipated closing date on April 1.

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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 and


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