Midwest Skiing In May?!! The Most Historic Winter In Our Lifetime

2017-18 Record Setting Closing Record setting snowfall in April helped push Boyne's closing into May! Image appears courtesy - Boyne Mountain Resort

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OK, let’s get the wise cracks and *ahem* comments about the West Coast having a long season behind us. Sure… you can surf, ski, golf, and mountain bike all in the same day in places like Mammoth, Mt. Bachelor, A-Basin, and our basecamp Tahoe. BUT to do this on the East Coast or Midwest outside of Killington into MAY is rare. As summer begins to wind down and our minds begin to focus on our upcoming winter, we thought why not look back at the the 2017-18 midwest skiing season. It wasn’t just good… it was HISTORIC! Here’s just a few highlights from it.

2017-18 Ski Season Record Setting Closing Dates


Lutsen Mountain

Lutsen, Minnesota

Open until May 6th

Midwest skiing at Lutsen Mountain Closing Weekend 2017-18 was record setting
Light freeze + High of 50 = perfect corn skiing – Image appears courtesy: Lutsen Mountains


Only twice in its 73-year history has Eagle Mountain at Lutsen Mountains been open for skiing in May. For this particular season, it wasn’t even just one run but rather over a dozen slopes were open for people to shred. It also gave folks a chance to golf at Superior National Golf Course AND ski on the same day.


Granite Peak Ski Resort

Wausau, Wisconsin

Open until May 6th

Closing date in May made midwest skiing at Granite Peak Ski Area record setting
Image appears courtesy: Granite Peak Ski Area

A late spring snowstorm that brought over two feet of snow to some parts of Wisconsin helped push the Midwest skiing season for one resort to its latest closing ever. Originally targeted to shut down on April 15th, thanks in part to cold temperatures and a couple of massive snowstorms, they were able to keep the lifts running until the first weekend in May. It’s one for the record books.


Bristol Mountain Ski Resort

Canandaigua, New York

Open until May 1st

Bristol Mountain Closing Weekend Upstate New York 2017-18 Ski Season Record Setting
Perfect corn snow on closing weekend. Image appears courtesy – Bristol Mountain

New York’s resort that was to first open on November 11th also became one of two resorts to push their closing date into May. With seven slopes open and highs in the mid-70s, it was a one-of-a kind treat for folks living in upstate New York. In fact, this is the FIRST time in its 58 year history that skiers and snowboarders were able to slide in May. This is thanks in part to a cold snowy March and April.

Whiteface Mountain

Wilmington, New York

Open until May 5th

Whiteface Mountain 2017-18 Ski Season Record Setting
Closing Weekend was glorious! Image appears courtesy – Whiteface Mountain

Home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, the resort maintained seven day operations through April 21st and then were able to stay open every weekend until May 5th. This helped push the resort to have its latest closing ever! Previously, the latest day of skiing at Whiteface was May 1st. Nine trails were open between the Little Whiteface summit and the base lodge offering top-to-bottom skiing, accessible by two chairlifts: Face Lift and Little Whiteface. This gave diehard sliders a chance to shred some awesome spring corn with temps hitting the mid-60s.


Boyne Mountain

Boyne Falls, Michigan

Open until May 6th

2017-18 Record Setting Closing at this midwest skiing resort
Record setting snowfall in April helped push Boyne’s closing into May! Image appears courtesy – Boyne Mountain Resort

This winter was a wacky one for Midwest skiing. Northern Michigan received more snow in April than they did in January, and this gave two resorts an opportunity to push their limits of staying open. In effect, Mount Bohemia and Boyne Mountain Resort decided to make a bet to see which could keep its slopes open longest, with the losing resort donating $1,000 to a charity of the winner’s choosing. For Boyne, this wasn’t the first time they pushed their closing date into May. They did this back in the 2001-2002 season as well and even though Bohemia had over 300 inches of snow, Boyne won by closing on May 6th.

Mount Bohemia

Mohawk, Michigan

Open until April 29th

2017-18 Record Setting Season
Image appears courtesy – Mount Bohemia

While Boyne may have won the battle, Mount Bohemia won the war on snowfall. Considered the Midwest skiing powder mecca, it features Western terrain that gets the most snowfall and has the biggest vertical all in one location. Thanks to continued cold temps and the fifth snowiest April on record, they were able to stay open until April 29th.


Banner Spring in the East

Sugarbush Closing Day in May
Sugarbush finished off their season right… INTO MAY! Image appears courtesy – Sugarbush Resort

This year the East saw it all. A DEEP freeze in December, spring skiing in February, legendary snowfall in March and all-time conditions in April. While not record breaking, the perennial late season destinations were able to still push their closing dates into May and one possibly even later due to over 6-8 feet of snow the last two months of spring.

Sugarloaf – May 6th

Jay Peak – May 6th

Sugarbush – May 6th

Killington – May 26th


So, here’s to you ski resorts that fought the good fight and kept the lifts running because there was snow on the ground. May the upcoming 2022-23 winter be just as good!

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