By Heather Burke, Boston.com Correspondent
Following a fantastic weekend on the ski slopes with sunshine, soft snow and big après ski parties, there are now 14 ski resorts still spinning this week in New England. Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Loon, Cannon, Mount Sunapee, Wildcat, Jay Peak, Killington, Mad River Glen, Mount Snow, Okemo, Sugarbush, Stowe, and Smugglers Notch all remain open this week for skiing and riding. And Bretton Woods, Magic, and Saddleback all plan to re-open next weekend for skiing.
Interestingly, last year on tax day, most of the same big guns were open for skiing as well, but their trail counts were closer to 50 percent, versus this season where Cannon, Wildcat, Jay Peak, and even Mad River Glen are near 100 percent operation in mid-April.
So file your tax returns and head for the high elevation mountains for some phenomenal spring skiing this week. Skiing in April on soft spring snow on 50-plus trails in the sunshine is so much nicer than skiing on a thread of manmade snow on one trail in sun-deprived November.
Before you go, call ahead or check your favorite ski resort website for its snow report, and a list of operating lifts. Sunday River, for example, is operating out of Barker Mountain this week. Due to lack of skiers, not lack of snow, ski resorts downsize their operations this late in the season. Show your support by showing up.
See you on the slopes.
By Heather Burke, Photos by Greg Burke