For the last couple of years, I have been happily gobbling up the left over snow at Mount Wachusett. Depending on the year, you can have anywhere from a great day to a great couple weeks after the mountain has called it a season. Skiing when the mountain has shut down operations for the season can mean mixed conditions and an open mind as you encounter variable conditions and the occasional bare spots (or road crossings). On a positive note, you do not need to share the trails with hordes of people, and if you bring an avalanche shovel you can create a ski-able path across the road. In my experience, you pretty much have the place to yourself.
This year, thanks to cold temperatures and the lack of natural snowfall, the mountain has been making snow religiously every night in an effort to get the mountain open. A bonus to this process is that the amount of snow I need to ski is far less than what is needed to open the mountain to the public. As I have enjoyed the post-season at the mountain in years past, I have greatly enjoyed this year’s pre-season, and have been impressed by the mountain’s ability to get better and better every day.