The images from the north are filtering through Facebook and Twitter this morning as I sit here with a scowl typing instead of booting up, but nevertheless, they are drool-worthy whether you’re headed to the mountains or not. As it seems, to say most ski areas received an average of a foot from the latest storm to hit New England is conservative. Jay Peak is reporting up to 20 inches. Sugarloaf reports 18 inches. Sugarbush picked up 15 inches, as Wildcat saw 14 inches fall (albeit with the nuisance of the quad breaking down for the day), and Wachusett enjoyed a new foot of snow and also announced they would be open until April 7 this year. Cannon (above) received 13 inches of boot-deep powder. And the line at Magic Mountain's red chair, where skiers and riders anticipated first tracks on a mid-week powder day on Wednesday was buzzing to say the least.
Winter “ended” at 7:02 Wednesday morning. Time for spring skiing. Or, something like that, I suppose.
Remember, it was only a year ago that many ski areas were shutting their doors for the season after the dreadful snowless winter of 2011-12. We deserve this. Sorry, golfers.
The only downside to all this bounty may very well be that we’ll have to put off the fun in the sun for a bit. Instead of T-shirts and sunscreen, expect parkas and hand warmers through this weekend, when we normally begin to see the first signs of the corn snow that will take us into the stretch run. That’s going to wait, with temperatures only predicted to be in the 40’s through Sunday. But if it elongates the season even just a bit, who’s complaining.
April awaits. What you got left, March?
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.