Looks like we know who will be the last ski resort to close for the 2014-15 season in North America. As of May 29, unless something dramatic happens, the last resort to close will be Arapahoe Basin. The year began with a huge snowfall in the east with record snowfalls in the east. This created some of the best conditions in a while for those in the east. At the same time, extremely low snowfalls hit the western resorts hard. Late season snow helped the Colorado resorts helping Arapahoe to an expected June 14 closing. So if you still need your fix for some snow, head on out to A-Basin.
In spite of having the goal to be open on June 1, Killington couldn’t keep the snow with a warm wave hitting the northeast of the U.S. recently. After an impressive 192 days of skiing and riding this season, the longest in eastern North America, they have had to officially close.
They are not done yet. But, summer is here. They are currently set to close on June 7th.
Arapahoe Basin benefited from 50 inches of snow in May. This has allowed them to extend the season while many other resorts have closed weeks ago. 80% of greens, 100% of blues, and 33% of black diamonds are still open. They currently have a 55 inch base including 2 inches of new snow in the last 3 days. They will be open seven days a week through Sunday, June 7. After that, they will only be open the weekend of June 12-14 with the final day being on Sunday, June 14.
A few weeks ago we did a poll for our users to see what they thought would be the last resort to close this year. Killington at 33% and Mt. Bachelor at 23% were the top two chosen in our poll. Interestingly enough, less than 2% voted for Sunshine Village and Arapahoe Basin. With the low amount of snow in the west and near record levels in the east, we can see why people went strong with the eastern resorts in our poll. Wachusett Mountain in Massachusetts says this will be the first time they've offered May skiing ever.
Below are the different mountains from our poll and how long they lasted:
The following closed in May:
- Wildcat Mountain (5.5% of the votes) – They were the last mountain to be open in New Hampshire and they closed on May 3.
- Mammoth Mountain (5.5%) – Closed on May 10.
- Lake Louise (11.1%) – Closed on May 10.
- Jay Peak (1.2%) – Closed on May 10.
- Snowbird (5.5%) – Thanks to 44 inches in 48 hours in April, Snowbird stayed open for a while but closed on May 10.
- Sunshine Village (1.2%) – Closed on May 18.
- Mt Bachelor (22.2%) – Closed on May 24.
- Killington (33.3%) – Closed on May 24.
The following are set to close in June:
- Whistler (13.3%) – closing date of JUNE 7.
- Arapahoe Basin (1.2%) – Many runs are still open. Closing date set for June 14!
Congrats to A-Basin!