Shred long and prosper. That’s what skiers and riders will do in Vermont after winter storm Vulcan dumped up to two feet of snow on the Green Mountains last week. Vermont resorts not only enjoyed a weekend of stellar conditions, great lift tickets sales and a boost in season pass sales for the 2014-15 season, but can now plan to stay open for a long and prosperous spring ski season due to the deep snowpack.
“We had 30 inches of snow and are now hoping to stay open until Sunday, May 4th,” said John Bleh of Sugarbush Resort. “This recent storm has really made this possible and should make for some awesome spring skiing.”
“Killington banked 24 inches in 24 hours during Winter Storm Vulcan, with a storm total of 26,” said Michael Joseph, Communications Manager for Killington Resort. “With The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore broadcasting live from Killington throughout the storm, the vibe was electric both on the trails and in the community. Two feet of fresh on top of strong base depths rallied skiers and riders for one of the best weekends of the season, and set up terrain from trees to parks for optimal conditions.”
Both Killington Resort and Jay Peak Resort reported plans to stay open late into the season with the help of Vulcan snowpack. “Jay Peak will be aiming for the ultimate surprise gift for moms with a tentative closing date of Mothers’ Day May 11,” said JJ Tolland of Jay Peak Resort. “Grab some early turns with mom in the morning followed by brunch, and then head out for nine holes in the afternoon when the Jay Peak golf course opens for the season.”
Middlebury College Snow Bowl reported the two best non-holiday weekdays of the season and a major spike in 2014-15 season pass sales due to the storm. Quechee Ski Area saw 20 inches of snow added to their base pushing their tentative closing date to late March.
“Mount Snow received seven inches of snow from the most recent storm that came through New England and is now just six inches shy of its season snow total from 2012/2013, which was 177 inches,” said Dave Meeker, Communications Manager for Mount Snow. “With a deep base thanks to a record setting 72 inches of snow in February, the spring skiing season is going to be one of the best in years.”
Magic Mountain also reported a nice addition to their already deep base, which allowed for more trails and glades to open over the weekend. Saturday’s spring skiing conditions were some of the best of the year and Magic reports an +83% increase in paid visits year over year for the four day period, Thursday through Sunday.
Check out Killington’s top ten photos from the storm and keep up-to-date with tentative closing dates for Vermont ski and snowboard resorts at skivermont.com.
Cochran’s Ski Area: March 23, 2014
Suicide Six Ski Area: March 23, 2014
Northeast Slopes: March 30, 2014
Middlebury College Snow Bowl: March 30, 2014
Quechee Ski Area: March 30, 2014
Pico Mountain: March 30, 2014
Bolton Valley: April 6, 2014
Bromley Mountain: April 6, 2014
Magic Mountain: April 6, 2014
Q Burke Mountain: April 6, 2014
Mount Snow: mid-April
Okemo Mountain Resort: April 13, 2014
Stratton Mountain Resort: April 13, 2014
Smugglers’ Notch Resort: April 13, 2014
Stowe Mountain Resort: April 20, 2014
Sugarbush Resort: May 4, 2014
Jay Peak Resort: May 11, 2014
Killington Resort: TBD
Mad River Glen: TBD