And then, there was one.
It’s no surprise that Killington Mountain Resort has outlasted everybody else in the East. It’s the King of Spring for a reason.
This weekend, it will be the only resort open for skiing and riding in New England as we reach the later stages of May.
Jay Peak, which had been taking advantage of its late-season snow by running the lifts on weekends this month, finally ceased its operations for the 2021-22 season last Saturday.
But if Killington has its eyes set on June as its closing date, it has a big challenge ahead of it. Highs in the Killington area this weekend are expected to be around 90 degrees. Even the Superstar glacier has its limits.
One recent comparison to Superstar’s condition in years past suggested that Killington’s famed trail is in better shape than it was back in 2019, when the resort managed to open for skiing into June. It certainly looks better than last season, when Killington could only manage to stay open until May 16.
But the base is destined to go at some point, particularly over three days of skiing this weekend, two of which might reach record temperatures.
Killington’s Superstar Express will run Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The resort has pledged that the lift will run until the snow is gone. After this weekend, there may not be much left. Which could put any plans to ski over Memorial Day weekend in some doubt.
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