By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
This winter I have had the privilege of traveling from Idaho to Italy, both amazing ski trips with phenomenal mountains, incredible terrain and scenery, but then I circled back to New England to find the best snow this year right here. This weekend at Sunday River felt more like prime February than April. With 124 trails open – wall to wall white carpet, and a dusting of fresh snow on Sunday morning… it was a true Easter treat.
As a bonus, Parrothead festivities at the River brought live island music, apres ski margaritas, even a surprise marriage proposal on stage in front of a lively Bud Light charged crowd. Congratulations to Jeff and Heather on their ski slope engagement, they met at last year’s Parrothead.
There is so much snow remaining in the mountains – in fact we haven’t had meaningful spring skiing yet. This week is predicted to be cold and with more snow at high elevations. Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Killington, Wildcat and Sugarbush all plan to ski till May. We are blessed to have so much snow, compared to western ski resort that experienced marginal skiing and now face restrictive drought conditions due to their low snow pack – impacting a much bigger picture than their ski season.
As I skied my “last run” down Sunday River’s White Heat on well-groomed snow, in the sun, I thought – I don’t want this to be my last run. So I’m not putting the skis away yet. See you on the slopes.
Heather Burke, Video and Sunday River Parrothead Photo by Greg Burke