Thursday, April 28, 2011

still skiing?

Who's still skiing? My friend in Utah just passed 186 ski days...I am impressed but admittedly "done"! But for those still wanting to go, there is plenty of snow in the high elevations of New England, out west and Canada.

This winter of 2011-12 has been one of the snowiest on record. Snowbird received a record breaking 690 inches (that's a whoppping 57 feet of fluff)! And its still snowing! Big Sky and Moonlight Basin had their latest closing dates every on Easter Sunday April 24 - the Montana resorts closed with deep coverage on most every trail.

If you still want to make some turns, check out Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Jay Peak, Killington and Sugarbush in the East. I think Sugarloaf will be the last resort standing in New England come May 15 (when you can tee and ski at the Maine resort on the same day)!

Out west, Snowbird and Alta, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin are still blanketed in snow. Idaho's Brundage keeps cranking along with Oregon's Bachelor and Timberline. California late players include Squaw, Sugarbowl and Mammoth - who vows to keep skiing till July 4! North of the border, Whistler Blackcomb and Lake Lousie continue to carve. Did I miss any?

So many resorts have passed the  half year mark, offering skiing and riding for more than 6 months of the year. And skiers and riders cheer! Where's Al Gore and his global warming fear?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter skiing...hippity hop!

Our family is more about first tracks and skiing spring moguls on Easter, than fancy hats and ham dinners...

Mind you, dragging the kids out of bed before dawn to load the Quad for Easter Sunrise Service is a task...but those early morning tracks at Sugarloaf following a beautiful sunrise are precious...even better when the Easter Bunny has left candy filled eggs on the trails for the kids.

Read Heather's blog on Easter skiing at Sugarloaf, Sunday River, Saddleback, Jay Peak, Killington and Sugarbush!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Skiing Top 10

I love spring skiing...sunshine, soft snow, high trail count, low human count and general fun & craziness...what's not to love?

While some are packing away the skis and rushing toward the next season, this is the time of year when all the super ski factors culminate ( read: snow, sun,silly dress code, sun, snow,fun,repeat) ... sweet!

Here are my top 10 things I love about spring skiing!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Best Day of the Season? - The Ski Guru Blog

What's been your best ski day of the season? Was it the first, or the last? Somewhere in between? Somewhere remote - a resort you have never visited before? Or was it a friendly familiar day at your home resort when the conditions were dialed in to perfection?

My ski season started Thanksgiving in Utah with a foot of fresh powder off the Snowbird Tram! Of course, heliskiing in BC was beyond belief!

As a Mom, visiting Montana to ski Big Sky & Moonlight Basin with my son who's in college there was a highlight.

Deep powder at Sugarbush, Saddleback and Sugarloaf all make the list.

Read my blog on the best ski day of this season:

Best Day of the Season? - The Ski Guru Blog

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fling with the 'King of Spring'

My love affair with Sugarloaf started in 1993, and it is rekindled most every spring - when the sun comes out, the snow softens and The King of Spring shines....this season was no dissapointment as I skied the spectacular snowfields, discovered Brackett Basin, and stayed at the ideally situated Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel.

Read all about my spring fling with the King!

Fling with the 'King of Spring' - The Ski Guru Blog

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Saddle up to Saddleback for spring skiing and riding - The Ski Guru Blog

Its still winter in the Maine mountains, so Saddle up your ski gear and your ski buddies and go to this Rangeley Maine ski resorts this spring! Staying open every weekend in April and into May!

Saddle up to Saddleback for spring skiing and riding - The Ski Guru Blog

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Longest ski season throwdown showdown - The Ski Guru Blog

It's a race to the May finish line for New England ski resorts. Major players Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Killington and Jay all plan to keep skiing into May. Who will be the last ski resort standing? Who will claim the longest ski season? My bet is the skier that doesn't stow those boards is the real winner...there is a ridiculous amount of snow in the high elevation ski hills. April 3, I skied Sugarloaf's snowfields and Brackett Basin glades, and I have never seen the slopes snowier.

Read all about who will be the King of Spring Skiing in my Boston blog:
Longest ski season throwdown showdown - The Ski Guru Blog

Friday, April 1, 2011

snow day, more winter! No April Foolin!

Not sure what Punxatawney Phil was thinking back in February. Ma Nature rules supreme today, and always, with her April 1st snowstorm just pounding the North East with heavy snow. You can't trust a goundhog to weather forecasting, and you can't plan bike rides and golf outings too soon in New England. If you do, then April Fools on you!

Th skiing this weekend is going to be epic...for those skiers that can get to the mountains. Of course, skiers are a hardy bunch, so they will risk slippery roads for snowy slopes 99% of the time.

I have my snowy sights set on Saddleback and Sugarloaf...big Maine mountains with elevation for drier lighter snow of good bounty. And next weekend, perhaps Jay Peak will be the place to ply some late season turns.

Check out our favorite spring ski resorts

We still haven't gotten our spring ski fix, soft corn snow, deck parties and SPF required. Several pond skimming events have been pushed back awaiting more melty temperatures.

So pause those thoughts of planting peas, and grab your skis. The rest of the season may well be the best of the ski season. See you on the slopes!