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Still not over ski peeps

Posted by Heather Burke  April 9, 2012 09:07 AM

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spring_skiing_sunday_river.jpgHow funny that it snowed Halloween, rained on Christmas, and snowed again on Easter in the mountains of New England - albeit just a flurry. Ski resort operators probably do not see the humor in Mother Nature's mercurial games. Hey, there are snow flurries in the forecast this week too, so the "funny" weather continues. Ha, ha. Ski season is not over, lifts are still turning at a few ski areas and there will be skiing next weekend, and perhaps even beyond.

Wildcat is closed this week, with plans to reopen next weekend April 14-15. Meanwhile, New Hampshire's Loon wraps its ski season tomorrow.

Saddleback will reopen Friday for the weekend with their Flyin' Hawaiian Party planned for Saturday, April 14. This is a crazy event where snowmobilers simultaneously launch off terrain park jumps while skiers and riders are hitting adjacent features - creating quite an air show spectacle. Saddleback's last ski day is likely Sunday. Last winter, Saddleback received 276 inches of snow and stayed open through May 1, this season thus far they have received just 128.

Sunday River is open daily this week and next weekend. Sunday April 15 is their last day of the season which will be free, honoring their Ski Mainia tradition. Last year at this time, Sunday River had all their trails open and kept skiing until Easter which was April 24.

Sugarloaf is open daily with snow flurries forecasted for this week and the biggest party of the season set for next weekend, the 24th annual Reggaefest. Last season, Sugarloaf stretched their ski and ride season to May 9.

Sugarloaf, Jay Peak, and Killington all vow to keep skiing through April, as long as conditions permit. The last ski resort standing gets big bragging rights, which Sugarloaf - self proclaimed "King of Spring" usually bags, so stay tuned and keep skiing while you can. sugarloaf_spring.jpg

Photos by Greg Burke, Sunday River and Sugarloaf

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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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