Brooks & Crowley March 2019

Review Brooks & Crowley

March 2019


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or two of late season skiing in, this is the year. You can ski on March 17 at many ski resorts for only $17! I’ve heard a weatherman say they’ll run out of skiers before they run out of snow. Speaking of spring, I recently heard a remake of Dave Loggins’ 1974 hit “Please Come to Boston for the Springtime” by Kenny Chesney. I thought about how we haven’t had much of a proper springtime recently — just mud season, then right into summer. Who would come to Boston for the springtime? You’d better say “please” if you are trying to convince someone. But springtime this year may actually be worth visiting for. Without mountains of dirty, black snow and mud to track through, I’m hoping for an early start to good weather and summer. Charles Dickens once said, “Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” It sounds as though he must have spent a few springs around here. We picked up an extra hour of sun with daylight savings time, so it is just the 40-degree swings from morning to late afternoon that get to us. But we know how to dress in layers. Boston has many spring events: The Flower and Garden Show at the World Trade Center on March 13–17; Boston Whale Watching Cruises, which start March 23; the Rose Kennedy Greenway Carousel, which opens March 24; and the Red Sox home opener on April 9. We can do this. Get outside and throw a ball around. Plan your summer getaways so they don’t get away from you. It’s coming. Every day it gets closer. –Neil Crowley

BOSTON STREETS MIGHT BE BARE, but There’s Plenty of Skiing up North

of New England’s ski mountains this year. And, you don’t have to shovel it. Cranmore Mountain, where we typically ski, has received 96 inches of snow so far this year, and that’s been plenty. Other mountains have received much more: Stowe, 218 inches; Jay Peak, 288 inches; Loon Mountain, 152 inches; Killington, 143 inches; and Waterville Valley, 118 inches. For perspective, through Jan. 16, 2019, Logan Airport had tracked only a quarter inch of snow. Boston’s snow total for the 2018–2019 season through February was under 10 inches! The big difference seems to be that most of Boston’s snow has turned to rain, while the cooler temps up north have kept things frozen. One issue for ski resorts is that when there is no snow in Boston, people here don’t think about skiing up North. If you are inclined to get a day

I was lucky enough to get away and go skiing in New Hampshire with the family during our kids’ school vacation last month, and I was struck by the contrast of winter scenery. It was a winter wonderland up there! We've been lucky in Boston this winter; North Country is a different story. Many of the resorts have been blessed with a banner season for snowfall. Not only has there been a lot of natural snow, but it has also fallen consistently throughout the season, so resorts have not had to make their own, more expensive snow. This is the best of both worlds for skiers, who get excited when they see the size of the snow piles on the side of the road grow as they head north. We all know what 110.6 inches of snow looks like, but Boston’s record snowfall from 2015 pales in comparison to the season totals of some


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