Jay Peak, VT, and Other East Coast Ski Areas Closed Today Due to Extreme Cold and Wind

Spencer McLaughlin | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Photo: National Weather Service, Burlington VT

Sometimes New England is just cold. The 0 degree day is a fact of life, and you have to learn to just appreciate it for the lack of crowds. This is different than that.

The National Weather service has put out several Wind Chill Warnings across the Northeast. They all warn of wind chill temperatures of -30 to -50 degrees Fahrenheit for today (Friday) and tomorrow. At elevation, it will be even windier and even colder.

Photo: National Weather Service, Burlington VT

Jay Peak, VT, is closed today and that they will only be operating lower mountain lifts tomorrow. Weather.gov predicts Jay will see a wind chill of -56 degrees with 55 mph wind gusts, so this seems like a wise choice. Wildcat, NH, also announced on twitter that they are throwing in the towel for today. Weather.gov predicts a wind chill of -58 there. Other resorts are also closing, or are choosing to not operate their upper mountain lifts.

Photo: Jay Peak Resort

Other resorts are more optimistic. Mad River Glen wrote in its snow report that it plans to be open throughout this cold spell.

The high tomorrow is -11. We know that some of the toughest skiers in the country ski here and we’ll be ready for them. We love this list of cold weather skiing tips that Ski Vermont has compiled.

Mad River Glen

Ultimately, safety is a big concern with this weather, and it makes sense for resorts to close due to it. Nobody wants to get stuck on a chairlift in -50 degree weather. Make sure to stay safe if you’re out there in these temperatures this weekend.

Mad River Glen’s Famous Single Chair yesterday (Photo: Mad River Glen webcam)

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