JAY, Vermont — Jay Peak is no stranger to the 400-inch natural snowfall category. With accumulating natural snow this past weekend, the northern Vermont resort surpassed the 400-inch mark again, for the fifth time in the past 10 years. As a result, resort officials have extended the already stellar ski and snowboard season until Sunday, April 27. The resort’s original closing date was April 20.
“In true Jay Peak fashion the snow just keeps coming this season,” said President Bill Stenger. “The conditions this season have been unbelievable and the next few weeks are setting up to be some of the best spring skiing and riding. If you’re looking for a perfect week to get a tan and enjoy spring skiing and riding conditions, this is the week to do it.”
At press time, 75 of 76 trails were open and the week’s forecast was calling for clear, sunny skies and temperatures warming up gradually throughout the week into the 40s and 50s, possibly reaching the 60s at the base by the end of the week. Temperatures are forecasted to dip in the evenings, allowing for groomers to fine tune select signature trails. The resort’s annual pond skimming contest is slated for this Saturday, April 19.
Set deep in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, Jay Peak is the largest mountain in its area and shares no air space with other large peaks. As a result, the majority of the moist air that is carried to Jay from the surrounding lakes or frequent storms condenses and cools as it rises up the slopes of Jay Peak, creating a thick pocket of snowfall. Virtually nothing stands in the way between this moisture and Jay Peak, allowing Jay to receive more snow on average than its Northeast counterparts.
Late season lift ticket rates are in effect and are based on the Vermonter rate: $40/adults and $35/juniors (cannot be combined with any other offers or specials). Late season lodging packages are available from $99/person/night for 1-night in the Hotel Jay, plus breakfast, dinner and a 1-day lift ticket. Packages are based on double occupancy.
Operating schedule is subject to change based on variable weather conditions. Skiers and riders are encouraged to visit www.jaypeakresort.com or call ahead before making a trip to the mountain to confirm operating hours and days.
For reservations or for more information about pond skimming, visit www.jaypeakresort.com or call 800.451.4449.