Spring Skiing into May?

By FOX44/ABC22 News

Published 03/07 2014 07:45PM

Updated 03/07 2014 08:01PM

JAY, VT- Spring is just around the corner, but that doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to winter sports.

Ski resorts, like Jay Peak are deciding how long they will stay open this season.

"When you get 20 feet of snow, and 10, 15 of it show up late in the year, you got to stay open to let those people ski the snow," said JJ Tolland, Jay Peak Communications Director.

There was an above average snowfall in January, and all the powder could extend the season well into spring.

Something, snowboarder Brandon Seekins said is a bonus, "More days in the snow, makes me much happier every year."

Some resorts are planning to stay open until the first week of May.

But will people turn out after winter?

"it'll be so nice. it'll be warm weather, and the condition will be just great," said Natalie Leniux, Skier.

"After March, it's quite over. Sorry about that," said Christopher Benlisle, another skier.

Jay Peak Resort employees said they stop making snow in January, relying on mother nature.

"Anywhere past the end of March is a poor financial sense, but when you have this much snow, you can't close up shop," said Tolland.

They aren't expecting to make huge profits by staying open later, but it's about not letting the snow go to waste.

"It doesn't really make financial sense to go skiing through the 1st and 2nd week of May, but when your a mountain owned by ski bums, we often don't act rationally."

We spoke with a number of other ski resorts around the state, who also plan to stay open as long as they can, potentially even into May.

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