I think my season is over
March 18, 2008
I didn't do too well this year. I got 3 really nice days at Whitetail, 1 at Elk and 1 at Sno (with the two dots over the "o")
Due to flu, minor surgery my wife had, conflicting spring breaks, new project at work . . . unless something special happens I am done for the year. My ski days were all fantastic but the numbers were down. I have had some 20 day seasons recently so this one is a bit of a let down.
Don't feel too bad... This is the first winter in about 15 years that I've had zero (!!) ski days. (And I only had two days at Whitetail last winter. I have a majorly serious ski deficit here!)
I'm definitely going to have to go out west next winter.
Sorry guys. Although you are making me feel better about my 7 days.
I have learned (slowly) over the years, that there will never be enough ski days, whether it's 0, 3, 7, 15+, you name it. So I understand the feeling. I think we will all be feeling sad in a couple more weeks when the season ends locally.
WOW! And I thought I was going to be on the low end with only 9 days!
don't feel too bad, this was not a favorable year for the mid-atl at all. It would be interesting to see a report on how many east coast resorts were open 100% at any point this year. I know for the WV nords its been the worst year in memory because of the crazy weather patterns. 150" of snow doesn't mean a think if it doesn't stick around more than a few days
Yep, I think the snowfall totals need a big asterisk this year, which most of us have already burned into our memories. Between the rains that either preceded or followed the snows, the warm ground, and the long periods of warm weather, I don't think any natural snow pack really formed all season, at least not for more than days at a time. Shoot, even the artificial snow bases took a serious beating. This was definitely one of the worst local seasons I can remember. I'm already transitioning my ski enthusiasm into hope for next season...
I don't think this was the worst season. Last year, January was almost a complete bust. Resorts did not close this year as far as I know because all of their snow melted. However, as far as natural snow, we had little in the Laurel Mountains that lasted long. Every storm took the western track, thus we were on the warm side of the storm. El Nino, La Nina, etc. get us one that puts us on the storm track please.
This is the first year I spent my ski vacation here in the Mid-Atlantic. And it was a good week with some decent snow. Wisp, Seven Springs and Hidden Valley filled my week. I did get one day in at Liberty. Next year I'm going west, I hope for a week.
Next weekend could be my last skiing at Hidden Valley. Maybe Seven Springs will stay open into April.
I'm going north next week. Way north - Charlevoix, for one more dose of skiing. 3-5 days depending on how things shape up. Hope to practice what I preach about ski road tripping with the family.
A bad winter is still better than no winter, right?
Seven days here. Not terrible, but below my usual target of about 10-12 days. Lack of vacation time contributed to that.
I didn't get to ski as much as I wanted. I had to remain in the area due to work commitments, so there went Stowe and Whistler. However, I will be a total of 30 consecutive days at Snowshoe, out of which I will likely have skied about 20. With five more Snowshoe weekends at other times, of three days each, that will make a meager 35 days. Plus two days at Montage is 37. Way short of my anticipated 60.
I did get two new outfits with matching helmets and gloves, a new pair of Volkl AC-40s, and a new Patagonia coat. Gave away three old outfits. Had to do some retail therapy to compensate for the short time skiing...
Heh, so I'm not the only one who mixes shopping and skiing
Like I said, retail therapy is a great displacement tool... Plus next year I'll look great on the slopes...
5 big ones for me this year. Oh well, next season is going to be a good one. I think I am going to get a pass at Snowshoe (if they still offer the $300 college student pass) before I graduate so I can ski from mid-December on. I am starting to pray now that it is going to be a snowy season.
Places where the season is definitely NOT over- http://blog.tellurideskiresort.com/blogs...y-march-19.aspx
If this is terrain it takes until March to open on an exceptional snow year, this must indeed be a rare event for Telluride. The photos make me twitch with envy. Gotta... move... further... WEST...
Funny you should say that, Roger... I was just reading the March issue of Ski Magazine's issue on Spring skiing. Cites Deer Valley, Whistler, Big Sky, Vail, Tahoe and Mt Snow as spring ski places. But alsoon the East Coast, Sunday River and Sugarloaf in ME, Wildcat, Loon and Attitash, will have good spring conditions till later in the year. And of course, Kton will remain skiing until June.
Did they mention A-Basin? That is the sine-qua-non of late season skiing right there, including "the beach" down in the parking lot.
I heard Killington is closing in April this year (new owners).
Kton closing in April? New owners throwing in the towel... Or perhaps they're owned by Fortress, the Ebenezer Scrooge of the Ski industry...
Apparently though Mount Snow has stepped up to replace Killington in offering VT skiing into May, at least. Lots of snow stockpiled next to that main liftline run (can't recall the name). I do wonder whether they can really deliver, being quite a bit south of Kton. Many times when northern and central VT is getting dumped on, Mount Snow is getting a couple inches or even underdeveloped snow.