Here’s to the groomers…

…bless ’em all (with apologies to Frank Sinatra, Jack Segal, and Robert Wells), because against all odds, Notchview is hanging in there with skiable conditions.

The award for spirited and dedicated grooming goes to Notchview in Massachusetts, and Minnewaska State Park in New York. Both have done incredibly well in a less-than-optimal winter. The award is of course, issued by the authority of me.

Notchview might be forced to give it up by this weekend despite a late-season snowfall that revitalized them as well as several other centers. Hope they manage to make it through the weekend just to say you could ski there through the month of March.

This may or may not be the last real update of the season, but for what it’s worth you can check out the snow depth map below for an overview of skiable territory, and hit the ‘State of the touring centers’ link above for details about conditions.

Snow depth in Northeast US, March 25
Snow depth in Northeast US, March 25

Spring skiing forecast

We’re starting to wind down the ski season in earnest. Weather in the early part of the week will help maintain spring ski conditions, but with a warmer weekend in store, expect that much of the snow base will melt off by next week.

Skiing into April isn’t just a possibility- some of the places that have a really good base now will continue to have something to ski on after this weekend. The snow last Friday helped out areas from southern VT up through to the High Peaks region. The places to go to are going to be pretty familiar: Prospect Mountain, Lapland Lake, Garnet Hill, and Osceola being the closest with the best. In addition, places like Cascade and Mt. van Hoevenberg in the High Peaks, and Timber Creek, Wild Wings, and Mountaintop in Vermont are all looking pretty good for now.

How good? Take a look at the pic below:

Sunny day and perfect snow at Mt. van Ho

To some extent, what you want to call ‘skiable’ conditions now depends on your expectations. Unless you can get on trail pretty early, trails will be soft and wet. And less well maintained. Every area will be watching for the cost-benefit intersection on grooming. In addition the people involved in operating a touring center for the winter will have springtime jobs to get to and might not be available after next week.

So count your blessings- skiing’s out there if you want it!