Happy, Snowy First Day of Spring!
The first day of spring has a Winter Weather Advisory: there's 3-5 more inches of snow forecasted for today and more as the week progresses!
Head to Vermont’s mountain resorts for a slew of seasonal "Bests" from more sunshine and less crowds, to quirky events and getaway packages and deals.
Bolton Valley Resort
The Cabin Fever Elixir Package is Bolton Valley’s best ski-and-stay value this season, offering one third off the retail price. For $149 per person, guests will receive two days of skiing or riding and one night of ski-in/ski-out lodging at the Inn at Bolton Valley, right at the base of the mountain. The package also includes dinner in the James Moore Tavern overlooking the slopes, a continental breakfast, and use of the Sports Center including the indoor pool.
Now until the end of the season, Bolton offers a package of $79pp/pn and on March 26 the infamous Pond Skiing event is always great entertainment.
Bolton offers the most extensive night skiing in the state Wednesday – Saturday nights, with a special night skiing offer on Saturday’s that includes $2 pizza slices, $2 beverages and a free ski movie.
Pond Skimming: An annual rite of spring returns, as Bolton Valley hosts Pond Skimming. Skiers and riders assemble on the slope right in front of the Base Lodge to try their luck at crossing the man-made pond--fueled only by gravity, technique, and the desire to stay dry. The mountain's most popular spring event, Pond Skimming is always the biggest party of the season. This year's event will have a "Superheros and Comics" theme, so put on your Batman or Garfield costume and come try to skim our pond. The entry fee is just $5 per skimmer. Everyone must also have a lift ticket or season pass to enter.
Already the best value for skiing and riding at Bolton, Bolton Valley offers free skiing and riding for the remainder of this season when people purchase a 2011-2012 season pass by the April 5 deadline. Bolton Valley season passes for 2011-2012 are at their lowest price until April 5 plus skiers and riders can witness one of the most amazing parts of spring skiing—a sunset cascading behind the Adirondacks thanks to this Vermont resort’s west-facing peak and slopes. Season Passes for the upcoming season starting at $449 for adults and $159 (when purchased with a parent’s adult season pass) for youth ages 7-17, if purchased by April 5.
A 2011-12 Bolton Valley Season Pass includes:
- Unlimited alpine skiing and riding
- A 20% discount on rentals, retail shop purchases, group ski and ride lessons, and lodging (includes condos, suites, or hotel rooms)
- Sports Center Membership including access to an indoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna
- Access to 6 km of groomed Nordic terrain
Burke Mountain Deals
- Bring you season pass from any other ski resort and ski for just $35.
- Silver Streaker Days-Tuesdays and Thursdays skiers and riders age 55 & older ski and ride for just $25 and receive free coffee in the Kingdom Cafeteria.
- Ski and Ride on Sunday afternoons starting at 12:15pm for only $20! Get $20 rentals and $20 lessons*! *Group lessons, based on availability.
- Early Bird Spring Season Pass Sale-Purchase your Burke Mountain Season Pass any time in March and ski & ride the rest of the season for FREE! On sale now until April 15.
- Wellness Wednesdays - Bring your healthcare employee ID and ski and ride for just $25.
Okemo Mountain Resort
The waning days of winter bring great deals and added value to skiers and riders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort. In addition to brighter sunshine and longer days, springtime offers special pricing on lift tickets and lodging packages.
Okemo Online Thursdays: When skiers and riders pre-purchase their lift tickets online, for select Thursdays, they pay just $39. On Thursday, April 7, the price drops to just $29.
Okemo Ladies' Days Tuesdays: Calling all Okemommas! Tuesdays are ladies' days at Okemo. Mothers, sisters, grandmothers and girlfriends can purchase a Tuesday lift ticket online for just $39 when they purchase at least 48 hours in advance. In addition, all ladies can enjoy a special rate on private lessons for just $49. This offer is valid for skiing and riding on March 22 and 29. On Tuesday April 5, the price drops to just $29.
Kids Rock FREE ticket offer: When parents buy a regularly priced adult lift ticket, valid Monday through Friday March 21-31, 2011.they can get a ticket for their 7-18 year-old child FREE (valid the same day). Children 6 and under ski free every day with a child’s lift ticket. Tickets must be purchased online, at least 48 hours in advance.
Wonderful Wednesdays: Vermont and New Hampshire residents can ski and ride an entire day on select Wednesdays this spring for just $39 (and half-day after 12:30 for just $29). This offer is valid on March 23, 30. On April 6 and 13, the price drops to just $29. Proof of residency in the form of a valid VT/NH driver's license, hunting/fishing license, or voter registration card must be presented at the time of purchase.
April Fools Food Drive: Skiers and riders who donate at least three non-perishable food items on Friday, April 1, 2011, will receive a coupon to purchase a $10 lift ticket valid that same day. All food items collected will be distributed to Black River Good Neighbors' Food Pantry and benefit needy families of the Okemo Valley.
The "Regular" Weekender: A regular weekend (Fri. and Sat. night) ski-and-stay package on March 25-27, 2011, starts at just $137.75 per person, including lift tickets.
Learn more by calling an Okemo Mountain Lodging Specialist at 1-866-706-5366. For more information about Okemo Mountain Resort, please call (802) 228-1600 or visit www.okemo.com.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
With over 22 feet of snow at Smugglers' Notch Resort thus far this season, the spring skiing and riding experience promises to be excellent. Longer days deliver more time for outdoor fun, and apres ski activities such as barbecues and picnics pop up in parking lots and on especially scenic spots on Smugglers' trails.
From a learning perspective, Smugglers' Snow Sport University director Harley Johnson says that spring is a great time to learn how to ski or snowboard. "With warmer temperatures and softer snow conditions, beginning skiers and riders, and particularly children, may find it easier to learn without the distraction of the cold," explains Johnson.
Now through April 2, 2011, the popular Club Smugglers' Winter Base Package starts at $79 per youth and $109 per adult with lodging, daily lift tickets and use of the indoor pool, hot tubs, FunZone family entertainment center and snowtubing as inclusions. Special events include the BrewFest on April 2, featuring the best of local and regional beers in an evening of samplings, music and munchies. Please visit www.smuggs.com for additional information.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Below are deals that will help folks get up to Stratton in the Spring – and perhaps catch sight of their idols while they’re up here competing in the U.S. Freestyle Championships (March 22-27).
The More You Stay, The More You Save: Stay 2 or more nights and save 15% on lodging. Stay 3 or more nights and save 20% on lodging. Stay 4 or more nights and save 30% on lodging!
Stratton’s calendar is also packed through well past spring!
U.S. Freestyle Championships. Tuesday, March 22 to Sunday, March 27. Stratton is excited to announce the arrival of the U.S. Freestyle Championships! The contest will bring the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team as well as the best of divisional skiers from across the country to Stratton to compete for the top title in moguls, aerials, halfpipe and dual moguls. Six days of events on and off the hill, including concerts, free swag and a chance to meet the superstars like Vermont native and Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney.
March 26 – Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes.
The trail system features classic New England terrain for beginners and experts. We will end our hike back at the campfire with S’Mores and hot chocolate. Also held December 18 and February 26.
Burgers and Bonks. Saturday, April 02. Most likely on Tyrolienne, this event starts early! Registration gets you access to one of the most fun spring jams on the calendar. Cash and swag to be won, free lunch for all participants.
April 9 to 10 – Spring Fling Weekend.
There’s no better time to be at the mountain than the last weekend of the year. A season full of soft snow, longer days and activities including BBQs, the annual Pond Skim and more!
Mountain Mayhem. Saturday, May 28. Skiers and boarders won’t want to miss the Second Annual Stratton Mountain Mayhem jam, a freestyle mash up, ‘park builder’s pick’ event featuring cash prizes and swag. Come get a summertime snow fix at the rail jam and jump jam.
No need to miss a single event! Stratton’s also got a slew of deals and packages to make sure you’re up on the mountain every weekend.
March Madness at Stratton is all about fresh corduroy, goggle tans and long lunches at Uncle Dave’s BBQ on the deck at mid-mountain. A March getaway is twice as enticing with our March Madness lodging offer. During the U.S. Freestyle Championships (March 22-27) book three nights and save 20%. Make it four nights for 30% off. This year, aspiring Winter X athletes can ride the 22 foot competition pipe in between the events (all while taking advantage of our March Madness booking special).
Stay 2 or more nights and save 15% on lodging. Stay 3 or more nights and save 20% on lodging. Stay 4 or more nights and save 30% on lodging.
Kids 17 and younger are invited to ski and Stay Free when two adults purchase a (2 night minimum) lift and lodging package in a family friendly condominium. Plus, kids can rent free when adults purchase rentals. Starting from $110/night. As always – book rentals in advance online and save 10%!
Suicide Six & Woodstock Inn Sugar Season Escape
- Warming hillsides and a hint of maple in the air from sap boiling in sugar shacks makes springtime in Vermont one of the sweetest times all year. With skiers departed and summer tourists yet to arrive, you'll find Woodstock's beautiful streets inviting a casual stroll and the village's eclectic boutiques, galleries, and cafés welcoming you to browse and relax. Also, our new Spa invites you to restore mind and body and connect with nature, offering organic products and unique seasonal treatments
From $159 per night midweek and $189 per night on weekends: the Sugar Season Escape Package makes getting away to the beauty of Woodstock, Vermont and the casual elegance of The Woodstock Inn & Resort even sweeter.
The Sugar Season Escape Package includes:
- Accommodations in one of our newly renovated, luxurious guest roomswith high-speed internet, flat-screen televisions, terry bathrobes, and other upscale amenities
- Breakfast each day
- Complimentary use of The Resort’s Racquet & Fitness Clubincluding indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and work-out facilities
- The Sugar Season Escape package runs now through May 26, 2011
Sugarbush Resort Specials
Clay Brook: Stay three nights and Save 30% at Sugarbush’s premier accommodation now through 3/31, including weekend stays. Packages start at just $174* per person per night. *Based on midweek quad occupancy (two adults and two children) in a two-bedroom condo with three days of skiing or riding.
Pond Skimming Weekend Special 3/25-3/26: Reserve a Deluxe Slopeside King Room for as low as $274 per person per night. Offer includes two adult two-day Tickets.
Midweek Luxury Dine, Ski and Stay at Clay Brook. Package includes one night midweek (Sun-Thurs) in a Slopeside King room, dinner for two at Timbers, late check out at 2pm, breakfast and skiing or riding for two people for two days for only $303 per person.
Late Season Clay Brook specials start 3/27: Midweek rooms for as low as $133 per person/per night and weekend rates begin at $155 per person/per night
Sugarbush Inn: Ski and Stay midweek and Save 50% now through 3/17. Ski and Stay packages start at just $109 per person per night. Two-night minimum stay required, based on double occupancy. Packages include two adult two-day Tickets
Weekend Extender Package Now through 03/27: Stay three nights for $299. Includes Continental breakfast, shuttle to/from Lincoln Peak & Mt Ellen and access to the Sugarbush Health & Racquet Club.
Midweek Ski and Stay – Now through 03/31: Starting at $193 per person. Includes one night at the Sugarbush Inn, continental breakfast, shuttle to/from Lincoln Peak & Mt Ellen and access to the Sugarbush Health & Racquet Club.
Resort Condos: The longer you stay the more you save: Stay 2 nights save 20%* Stay 3 nights save 30%* Stay four nights midweek get the 5th midweek night free!
**Offers valid for new reservations only. Taxes and resort fees not included. May not be combined with any other offer. Based upon availability.
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