Snow, Sun & Fun – Spring Skiing in Vermont
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March brings longer, sunnier days and a slew of fun festivals to the mountains of Vermont, and if this season is anything like the last, Spring will start with some big snow to set us up for an extended Spring ski season.
Here is a full list of resort offerings and highlights:
Mount Snow Resort
Mount Snow received more than 4.5 feet of snow from March 1 through closing day and April 22 marked the latest closing day Mount Snow has had in the last decade thanks to abundant natural snow, stellar snowmaking and quality grooming.
Come celebrate this season with Mount Snow’s Winter Brewers Festival (April 5) and Glade-iator Extreme Bump Competition (April 6). To celebrate spring, Mount Snow quenches the thirst of skiers and riders with 15+ breweries pouring nearly 40 different sudsy beverages, slopeside, during Saturday’s Winter Brewers Festival complete with live music and BBQ. Then on Sunday, mogul mashers head over to Mount Snow’s legendary double black diamond trail, Ripcord, for an unsanctioned bump event where competitors are judged on style and speed with a beer garden waiting for them at the bottom.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Spring brings sunny days, a full season of soft snow, hot deals and cool events. March means a triple play of big events with the Vermont Open (March 7-9), a celebration of snowboarding history, tradition and progression with the Washed Up Cup banked slalom for the legends of the sport, Marchdi Gras (March 7-9) Village street party with music, celebrity chefs and noted mixologists, and the 24Hours of Stratton (March 15-16), a Top 10 Vermont Winter event that has teams racking up the runs around-the-clock while raising funds for charity.
The ski and ride season wraps up in style with mid-mountain barbecues, long afternoons of après-ski on the deck of Grizzly’s, terrain park contests, college weeks and impromptu parties to celebrate a winter well-skied.
Magic received 3 feet of snow last March which is the unofficial start of “spring” skiing. Historically there is usually a significant snow storm or two in the March-April period, so don’t just think “corn” and pond-skimming come spring in Vermont, think powder days!
Magic’s Spring Fling party, usually the 3rd or 4th weekend of every March is a tradition dating back to the 1960s here, with fun races, live music, on-slope snow bar, cook-out, flamingo tosses and costume parties. It’s a community of skiers and riders coming together to celebrate another season at Vermont’s timeless ski area.
Spring at Bromley can bring some of the best skiing and boarding of the season.
- The past 2 winter seasons saw at least 25” fall during the month of March, keeping the South facing Bromley well covered.
- Bromley is the ultimate mountain for well-sunscreened faces to soak up the warm spring rays into some of the best goggle tans in the East.
- Turn up the heat on the East Side...much of the terrain here is left to its own devices; ungroomed slopes soften into super fun bump runs that last into April.
Don’t miss Spring Fling Weekend, March 22 & 23 - Live music and fun family events both Saturday & Sunday. The Trampoline Things will be on hand from VT's Summer Adventure to liven up the weekend both days. Saturday features a waffle eating contest on the deck and the Pond skimming contest on School Slope, and you won't want to miss the Duct Tape Derby on Sunday where some cardboard and duct tape can be your ticket to glory (and awesome prizes).
Okemo Mountain Resort
MusicFEST 2014, March 16, 2014 - MusicFEST is a unique lifestyle experience combining mountain sports with live music, innovative natural brands and the sustainably focused Reverb Eco-Village. This interactive village includes local, regional and national environmental non-profit groups alongside alternative energy and transportation exhibits. The Eco Village also highlights all-natural and organic food sampling and ski and snowboard equipment demos. This winter's musical guests are still being planned but last year Okemo hosted the rock super-group Yukon Kornelius and O.A.R. More than 4,000 rock fans attended the star-studded show in Okemo’s Ice House at Jackson Gore. Some of the special guests who joined Yukon Kornelius were: Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, Skid Row’s Sebastian Bach, Fuel’s Brett Scallions, Dispatch’s Brad Corrigan, Godsmack’s Sully Erna, Ratt’s Warren DeMartini, Al Schnier, of Moe, and more. Call (802) 228-1600 or visit okemo.com for more information.
Quechee Ski Area
With south facing low elevation slopes, spring skiing is extended from mid-late February through March. The \last weekend of operation features a “Spring Fling” with fun race and Barbeque.
NOR’BEASTER, March 20-May 3, 2014 - Killington can't get enough of spring in the mountains, and they'll be celebrating with six jam-packed weeks of music, competitions including the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge.
For the 2012-13 season, Killington skiers and riders were making turns until May 26. For this season, they’re shooting for June!
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
The Snow Bowl will be open through March 31, 2014 for spring skiing and skiers and snowboarders can expect to enjoy:
- the best weather to ski and ride
- great spring surfaces when a higher sun hits the manmade snow
- great sunning and viewing from the upper and lower decks
- happy people to share the spring experience
Rikert Nordic Center
Spring brings Robert Frost’s birthday to his VT home area. Bob’s Birthday bash and Random Relays on March 30, 2014 is a zany event with candles on the cake.
With March typically being one of the snowiest months of the year, spring skiing at Sugarbush boasts plenty of good times. This past March, a month that saw 50 inches of snow, conditions were packed powder almost every day. In April, the average temperature sat in the low 50s with temps reaching the 60s and 70s some days. Skiing was available into the first weekend of May with temps in the 70s and sunshine all day.
Mt. Ellen typically closes in late March, but there’s still skiing to be had. The Lincoln Limo - a 12-passenger luxury cabin snowcat equipped with a flat screen TV and cushy seats - is available for private bookings for skiing and riding on Sugarbush’s highest peak. Sugarbush is the only resort in the Eastern U.S. to offer cat-serviced opportunities such as skiing/riding, dining, sightseeing and more. The April Cabin Cat Lincoln Peak experience – for parties as large as 24 people – takes advantage of warm sun and soft snow. For the late season fun a Sugarbush guide, a gourmet barbeque lunch and a cash bar at the Glen House is included in the cat skiing package.
Mad River Glen
Longer days and abundant snowfall make spring skiing the best time to ski Mad River Glen, because:
- March is the biggest snowfall month of the season
- Longer days give the opportunity for extended operating hours late season
- North American Telemark Festival – March 8-9, 2014
With skiing and riding until 8pm Wednesday through Saturday, spring skiing is sunset skiing at Bolton Valley. Skiers and riders ski into the sunset thanks to western facing slopes, and watch the sky glow red and orange with the sun setting behind the Adirondacks. It is a unique spring skiing experience not to be missed. The highlight of the spring is the annual Pond Skimming event held on March 22nd.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort receives an impressive average of 333” inches of snowfall each winter. At least one-third of that accumulation consistently occurs in March. That means some of the deepest snowpack in the Northeast is on Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield.
Great snow and moderating temperatures are the templates for mountain conditions every March in Stowe. Couple that with fewer people on the mountain, a calendar of fun events, ski & stay packages that offer great value and you’ll discover the ideal time and place to ski and ride. For information call 800.253.4753 or visit www.stowe.com
Trapp Family Lodge
Mother Nature often rewards us with record spring skiing at Trapp Family Lodge well into mid-April with a snowfall average of 250-350 inches a year. Bolstered by the resort’s elevation of over 2000 feet, groomed tracks hold strong through the morning before softening into maneuverable spring corn snow begging for back country turns while getting some sun.
A popular fun event for all in late March is the “Fool's Race” - a wacky farewell to winter 5K freestyle race with obstacles, back country shots and costumes. Following the race an exhilarated crowd mill about the meadow and a keg of local Trapp Lager accompanied by live music.
Topnotch Resort & Spa
Skiing at Stowe usually lasts to the beginning of April. But the fun doesn’t end there for Topnotch guests. The resort is outfitted with three pools, including a heated indoor pool and two outdoor pools, one of which is heated for year-round enjoyment. The 35,000 square foot Topnotch Spa has a menu of over 120 treatments, and offers new customized pathways to cater to guests’ specific needs. The Tennis Center at Topnotch is one of the largest in the Northeast, offering guests the option for year-round play with four indoor courts.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch has a whole list of reasons why they love skiing and snowboarding in spring:
- Smugglers’ famed parking lot highlighted in SKI Magazine for spring parties
- Number of grills in parking lot increases by 75-80 percent in March and April over January and February
- Favorite spring attire at Smugglers’ - Hawaiian shirts
- Smugglers’ has two skiing bananas that apparently emerge from hibernation in the spring
- Smugglers’ 3 northwestern facing mountains guarantee afternoon goggle tan time
- Pond skimming - April 5, 2014
Jay Peak Resort
Over 375 inches of snow turning to sugar and corn, and you can actually have exposed skin…it must be spring at Jay Peak. If that isn’t enough of a sign of warming times, there’s the Beach Party on March 29, 2014. It's simple really; enjoy sun, snow, music, volleyball and frothy adult beverages. Don't go thinking it's beach volley ball though. This court is made out of snow.
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