East Roars Back: Epic spring storms make for extended seasons

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SAM Magazine-Killington, Vt., Mar. 20, 2007-What a difference a month or two can make. With consistent late spring snowstorms coating the East Coast, conditions are finally up to par after a miserable early and middle of the season. In fact, conditions are so good that some resorts are extending the season.

One of these is Pico Mountain. "With some of the best conditions we've experienced all season, we're moving the closing back an extra week," says Dave Rathbun, vice president of brand management for Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. Closing is now scheduled for Apr. 1. Pico has chalked up five feet of snow since Mar. 1, and 34 inches in the past week.

Heading into the last 10 days of its season, all 50 trails are open, with an average mid-mountain base depth of 36-50 inches and powder/packed powder conditions. Pico Mountain plans to operate four of six lifts through Friday, March 23, and all six lifts Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25, conditions permitting. Beginning Monday, March 26 through closing day April 1, the Golden Express and Summit Express lifts will operate, providing access to more than 80 percent of Pico Mountain's terrain, conditions permitting. The Bonanza double chair will also operate the weekend of March 31 and April 1. \