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Resorts making snow to extend season

Carnage.

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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