Friday, April 18, 2014

Late Season

Ski resorts like Mad River Glen, Bolton Valley, and others may be closed, but we have a few contenders who are still going strong.  Killington, Sugarbush, JayPeak, Stowe, and Smugglers Notch are still open.  Though Stowe and Smuggs, are likely to close this weekend, Sugarbush and Jaypeak are looking at May closings, and God only knows with Killington, they'll be open for as long as they can.  

There is a bit of an informal, national, contest as to who can stay open the longest.  It starts off as a competition with many contenders, but typically narrows down to just two, Killington, Vermont and A-Basin, Colorado.  Killington was the champion for many years, their best year was 246 days open in the 1883-84 season.  Due to many contributing factors, there are many resorts that are now giving Killington a run for their money, most notably, A-Basin.  They have a target closing date of June 1st, of course that could change for better or worse depending on mother nature.  Based on how the snow depths are looking now, Killington could easily make it that far or further.  It's any mans game, no one will no for sure until there is one mountain standing.  As for my opinion, my money is on Killington for the simple reason of eastern loyalty.  

Check out this article from that talks about it further and discusses common myths about spring skiing: Late Season Kings of Snow, Sun: Undoing the Myths.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Farewell Mad River Glen

I don't know if you guys have heard, but Mad River Glen is closing for the season this Sunday.  That means you, literally, have only 5 days to enjoy some of the most iconic ski terrain of the east!  Almost 100% of the mountain is still open at this point too, you have a huge expanse of skiable acreage to enjoy for the next 5 days.  Excluding today; which is bitter and cold for this time of year; the weather looks like it's going to be brilliant!  40's and 50's across the board!  I'm serious guys, don't ski it if you can, ski it "while" you can!

Monday, March 31, 2014

"Working For The Weekend"

If your looking to kill a little time, you might want to check in on the mini webseries "Working for the Weekend."  You might remember, back in November, I made an announcement about it because it is being produced by our local New England ski movie company Meatheads Films.  Meathead films isn't creating movies at the moment, but the "Working for the Weekend" webseries gives us a little taste of our favorite ski move provider.  Since my ski season might be over, due to a knee injury, "Working for the Weekend" is giving me a little bit of enjoyment amiss tons of boredom.  So guys, definitely check it out at  There are four episodes so far, plus there are some other really cool videos to check out including videos from the "Ski the East Freeride Tour."

In the meantime, here is the most recent episode, it was filmed in Vermont:

Friday, March 28, 2014

What a Nice Winter We're Having this Spring

When I got home last night my sister spoke words that quite accurately describes the weather we are currently having, "what a nice winter we're having this spring."  I think she nailed our weather situation head on.  Just when we think spring is about to happen, winter rears up again with another snowstorm.   Out of the blue, we're expecting another 6-10 inches of snow by Sunday morning.  If I've learned anything this winter and last winter, I've learned not to give up hope in January and February when we still haven't gotten much snow, because we will still have March and it's abundance of snow to look forward to.

This weekend SlopeStyle is having it's annual Customer Appreciation Sale, 40-50% off everything winter. We still have time to enjoy the snow, so enjoy it to the best of your ability while you can!  Because believe it or not, spring is coming, and you'll have to wait until next winter for the amazing exhilaration of snow.  

Of course, with spring, comes, there's always a silver lining.  :)

Enjoy the powder on Sunday!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sugarbush Aiming to Stay Open Until May 4th

The month of March has proven time and again that it is one of the best months of skiing, and this March hasn't disappointed.  This year, March has, irrefutably, had the best conditions of the entire winter, with the forecast-ed major storms, one of which dropped 3 feet of snow last week, and the unexpected clippers leaving behind up to a foott of surprise powder, we are set for a long bout of spring skiing.  This is made more likely by the uncharacteristic cold weather permeating our area, allowing for minimal snow thaw.  Tomorrow is poised to be another January-like day with mountain temperatures approaching negative teens.  With the awesome winter-like conditions this "spring", Sugarbush is looking to stay open through April, and beyond, their goal to, ultimately, stay open through May 4th!  Of course if it stays like it is now, who knows, maybe we'll be skiing into June!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Winter Storm

Hopefully, you haven't put away your parka for the winter, because winter isn't done yet! The Ides of March are just about upon us and spring is soon to follow, but that isn't stopping winter from giving us, at least, one last hurrah, if not more! Little birdies have been whispering about 3 feet of snow, perhaps, gracing our mountain tops on Wednesday!  Fingers crossed!!!  If not 3 feet of snow, the predominate weather models are in agreement that we are definitely bound to get "at least" a foot, but 3 feet is definitely within the realm of possibility.  This should set us up for a some stellar spring skiing!  If you've prematurely tossed out your ratty, old ski pants, or you retired your jacket for the winter, or you don't think your skis can make it over one last bump, or you're just in the mood for some new equipment; stop on down to SlopeStyle, we're having a storewide 20-30% of sale (excluding bikes and GoPros)!  We are just as pumped as you are for this snow storm, and are ready to get you ready for the inevitable powder day ahead!  Yipee!!!!!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Spring Is Coming

With the temperatures hovering so close to zero, it's hard to believe Spring is upon us.  We're into March and if it weren't for our ability to read the calendar, it would be easy to assume we are still stuck in January. In the extended forecast it looks as if we might get a slight, temporary, reprieve from the crippling cold, but it doesn't look like it's going to last long...Thankfully, SlopeStyle still has a wide selection of jackets, pants, baselayers, face masks, some gloves, get you through the rest of this biting winter.  Fingers crossed that this cold means we'll be skiing and riding long into spring.