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Springy snow and the end of the ski season for some ski areas

Posted Thursday, March 31, 2022
— Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing, Cross-country skiing, Spring skiing
Photo of poles and skis with 3-pin bindings in shallow spring snow
Photo of Nordic ski trail with thin spring snow and a wet area

Update on 4/6/2022

Closed ski areas in Vermont now include:

  • Bolton Valley (they may try to re-open for one more weekend)
  • Bromley Mountain
  • Cochran's Ski Area
  • Mad River Glen
  • Magic Mountain
  • Middlebury Snow Bowl
  • Pico Mountain
  • Quechee Ski Hill
  • Suicide Six
  • All Vermont Nordic ski areas

Original post on 3/31/2022

Last weekend's blast of snow is helping many Vermont ski resorts keep operating, even while spring temperatures and rain are setting in again.

As of this last day of March, a few ski areas have turned off their lifts for the season. Closed ski areas include:

  • Cochran's Ski Area
  • Magic Mountain
  • Pico
  • Quechee Ski Hill
  • Suicide Six
  • All Vermont Nordic ski areas

Ski areas that are not open midweek include:

  • Mad River Glen

April 3rd may be the end of the season for a number of ski areas. Before you head out, check our list of Vermont ski resorts for direct links to their snow conditions pages.

Yesterday after work I skied around the Nordic trails at Bolton Valley, Vermont. I went on trails that had been groomed earlier this season.

I found spring snow (and lighter snow in spots with full shade) and some exposed water bars, rocks and wet spots on upper Maple Loop and World Cup. I saw a lot of brown leaves, downed branches and logs in the woods at about 1,800 feet. I ascended the Bryant trail a bit and there's a deep water bar that you do not want to hit if you are skiing down!

At this time of year, it's great to be able to have natural light after 6 p.m. Late yeserday afternoon the temperature was very comfortable — only a fleece vest was needed. The birds seemed to enjoy it, too. A barred owl was hooting away and the woodpeckers were busy.

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