While most ski resorts in the East are shutting down after last week’s heat wave, Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon Mountain are cranking out snow and watching the skiers and snowboarders roll in. They are determined to making the season last into April.
Temperatures dropped into the 20s as three resorts located in Maine and New Hampshire flipped on the snow machines today. Crews are gearing up to let the snow fly all week long in what marks the latest any one of the resorts have made snow in any season. Ever.
“We are committed to ensuring our guests are able to ski and snowboard well into late season and we have the infrastructure to handle it,” John McGregor, Senior Vice-President of Ski Operations at Boyne Resorts, says. “Our crews have proven their ability to work in marginal temperatures and deliver snow all season long. Right now, these three resorts are offering more open terrain than all the other resorts in New England combined.”
And we appreciate it. Skiers and snowboarders can drag out the fun. At least for another few weeks.
All three resorts are managed by Boyne Resorts based out of Michigan, and the snowmaking is starting just in time for the spring sale of the 2012-2013 New England Pass. This pass that grants guests access to all three premiere resorts—Sunday River, Sugarloaf, and Loon Mountain. Starting at just $359, skiers and snowboarders can roam 345 trails and over 2,000 acres of skiable terrain. The lowest rates are only an option through April 30 and include an Easy Pay Plan with $50 down.
The new snow is being focused on easier and intermediate trails so that all skill levels will have the chance to stay on the slopes a bit longer. The three Boyne resorts are accepting groups originally scheduled to visit one of the now-closed resorts.
“We are committed to making snow and maintaining snow, and we are pleased to be able to offer terrain to these groups coming from other areas,” McGregor continues. “This past November, Sunday River and Loon were also able to accept athletes from other mountains that weren’t able to accommodate racing teams from the East Coast and Canada that required early season training.”
Look Mountain is just two hours north of Boston in Lincoln, NH and rated the most accessible mountain resort by SKI Magazine in October 2010. Sunday River is in western Maine in offers eight interconnected peaks. And Sugarloaf is the largest ski area in the East. All are excellent options for our eastern friends looking for some end-of-the-season enjoyment. The snow is still out on the slopes. Why aren’t you?