Two feet of fresh on top of strong base depths rallied skiers and riders for one of the best weekends of the season.
Montpelier, VT (PRWEB) March 19, 2014
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.
Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding - making it one of the most significant ski and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermont’s mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state's ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 19 Alpine and 30 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.