As some of you learned a few weeks back, we ended up having to close early for the spring season in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. And while it was necessary, it certainly wasn’t an easy decision, especially as the end of the season was looking strong.
Normally, spring skiers and snowboarders would have been rejoicing with 6 inches of new snow on March 23rd. It was the shot in the arm we needed to extend the season to our planned April 5th closing.
Instead, us snow enthusiasts will need to wait until next season.
An Official End to the 2019-2020 Season
This was a tough decision we didn’t take lightly.
Operating a ski area is hard enough as it is, and the COVID-19 Pandemic brought those challenges to an unprecedented level. As circumstances unfolded just over the past week, it was clear that the 2019-20 season would go down in history for all the wrong reasons. This letter from the Crowley family to season pass holders puts some perspective on the end of the season.
Letter to the Wachusett Season Passholders:
On behalf of the entire team here at Wachusett, we want to thank you for your season pass purchase this season and your ongoing support. In the 50 years the Crowley family has operated Wachusett Mountain, the health, safety and well-being of our community, guests and staff is of the utmost importance to us. Faced with unprecedented circumstances, our decision to close the mountain on March 15 was to help ensure the safety of all. As you know, the length of our season varies every winter depending on the weather and snow conditions.
Despite only 58 inches of natural snow (our third lowest winter ever), we were very confident that we would have easily extended this season into April thanks to the tremendous effort of our snowmaking and grooming departments. Our efficient snowmaking pumping capacity allowed us to convert a record 121 million gallons of water into snow this season despite running 10% less hours than average. Unfortunately, the public health emergency created by the Coronavirus threat that has disrupted all our lives changed our plan to extend the season.
Despite these recent challenges , we are very proud that we still enjoyed a 116-day season, just a few days shy of our average season length and more than 3 weeks longer than our weather-shortened 2015-16 season. Our November 15 opening was nearly 2 weeks ahead of schedule — our second earliest opening ever and well ahead of many other New England ski resorts. Our goal is to always provide you with the best possible experience and a great value for your season pass purchase. We received numerous compliments from many passholders regarding the snow conditions throughout the season. We certainly hope you were able to take full advantage of all the snow we made and we look forward to skiing and snowboarding with you again next winter.
None of us have ever encountered anything like this and we hope you all remain safe and healthy. Thank you for your understanding and choosing Wachusett as your home mountain. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Customer Service Department at 978-464-2300, ext. 3200.
What’s Next for Wachusett?
While the ski season came to a much-too-quick finish, plans are underway to resume normal operations for summer and fall events as soon as possible. We regret having to cancel the great spring events we’d planned for months in advance, but the well-being of the public is the most important thing.
Now, like everyone, Wachusett Mountain management and staff are in a holding pattern waiting to see how the next days and weeks unfold. And most of us know, things are changing every day. We’ll need to work together as a community to face these challenges one at a time.
Stay tuned to the Wachusett Wire for more news and updates about the status of our summer and fall programming. Although we’re closing temporarily, we’ll be here when things calm down. Do your part, stay safe, and we’ll see you in the summer.