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End of Snow Sports Season Near: It's Wise to Call Ahead

It's all a tribute to a frustrating season.


A Facebook posting by Ski Vermont perhaps summed it all up.

It was a picture of a guy in a funny hat holding skis and boots with a homemade sign proclaiming 2011-12 winter armageddon.

"The end of the ski season is near … ski it while you still can," the banner said. Parts of the message were made from the famous Mad River Glen bumper sticker that dares anyone to "Ski it if you can."

The bottom line? Heed the prophet's warning and call ahead to any resort if you are even thinking about getting some more runs in.

The Glen has been closed for a week now. The northern New England resorts were all trying to get to Easter, but Ragged Mountain closed last Sunday and Stratton and Okemo are both calling it quits on Sunday.

Luc St. Jacques, the sales and marketing director at Owl's Head in Quebec, said the mountain lost 100 centimeters of snow in four days this week.

Jay Peak in Vermont, across Lake Memphremagog from Owl's Head, suffered a similar meltdown.

There is a video of St. Jacques on the resort home page in the trees kicking up Powder on March 2.  Now, 13 trails are left.

But 70-degree weather will do that. 

Ironically, the forecast is for 35 degrees and snow at Bretton Woods on Monday.

That also sums up the frustrations of the season.

The mountain was down to seven trails on Friday.

Just call ahead if you are even thinking about it.

If your favorite resort is closed, then chalk it up to putting this terrible winter in the rearview mirror.

Serene Skeptic March 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM
On the other hand, we just got back from a week of extraordinary skiing at Steamboat Springs Colorado! Pure heaven skiing the west after learning in the east.

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