Kelly’s Blog: I Can Ski For Miles and Miles

I can ski for 588 miles to be exact.  Every trail is open, all 80 of them on the 4th day of Spring.  Today I skied several snowmaking trails like Long John, Chute, Fallen Timbers, Mine Shaft and Inferno.  But I also skied some natural snow trails just to see how they are holding up.  Olympic, Big Dipper and Little Dipper were superb.  I was surprised to see not one thin spot on Little Dipper.  It could have been February 10th!  I hate to brag, but it is good out there!

Olympic – gold medal grooming today, folks!

This leads me right into the question that I have been asked about twenty times this weekend.  When are you going to close for the season?  With conditions like this, it seems like it could go on forever.  Despite being 100% open, we have started to see a decline in skiers and riders, something that happens this time of year.  I know there are lots of logical reasons why you are hanging up your skis for the winter but it seemed a little odd to be the only person skiing Little Dipper at 10 am on a Sunday morning.

Which leads me to my next point.  Since your fellow skiers and riders seem to focus on lawn care and baseball this time of year, doesn’t it make sense for you to pack up the family and head to Mount Snow for goggle-tans and wide open trails?

Which leads me back to the original question:  closing date?  Historically, we close in mid-April due to lack of snow or participation and in most cases a little bit of both.  It is a little early to tell but it looks likes we will have enough snow to hit mid-April.

Last year we closed on April 21, with a midweek closure prior to our last weekend.

Remember 2012?  March 25th was our closing date.  We never want a repeat of those tropical temps.

How about 2008, when we closed on April 27 with 17 trails, including Ripcord?  That was a fun year!

So here’s the deal…you keep skiing and riding and we will keep doing our snow dances.  My best guess is April 13 but there is an Easter contingency out there that promises they will be here en masse.  I can tell you that we will be honest and up front with you and let you know as soon as we know.

In the meantime, we are taking it day by day.  We are busy lapping all four mountain faces, building our duct tape creations, digging out our tie dye shirts and asking mother nature for a day or two above 30 degrees.  #itaintover

 

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