March Brings Spring Skiing and Riding to Vermont
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In like a lion, and out like a lamb. With snowstorms in the forecast to add to our already stellar snow pack, early March is living up to its tagline. However, March also marks the beginning of longer days, warmer temps and in turn, spring skiing and riding in Vermont. By the end of the month skiers and riders enjoy soft spring conditions and outdoor entertainment, so be prepared to loose the bulky mid-winter layer and take advantage of the late season offers and events. With the state’s 80% snowmaking coverage and the plush snowfall we’ve received this season, we’ll all be skiing and partying right into April.
March is typically one of the snowiest months of the year. While enjoying the conditions, take advantage of some of the great events including a Nantucket Weekend with various businesses from the island, pond skimming, Sugaring Time Festival, and others. Skiing at another mountain? Try the Show Us Yours, We’ll Show You Ours where you can show your season pass from another mountain and receive a discounted lift ticket.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Winter isn’t over yet! Historically, March is the snowiest month and with some of Stratton’s most popular events coming up fast, there’s no better place to be than Vermont. With the Kids Ski and Stay Free package, children aged 17 and younger stay free when two adults purchase a lift and lodging package. Not to be missed events include March 7-9’s Vermont Open snowboard competition and music festival, where pro and amateur riders throw down in the halfpipe, rail jam and banked slalom. March 8, the annual Marchdi Gras block party is fun for all ages. March 15 begins the annual 24 Hours of Stratton skiathon and fundraiser in which teams of skiers and snowboarders ride through the night having fun and raising money for the charitable works of the Stratton Foundation.Learn more about deals, savings and events at www.stratton.com.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
A spring getaway to Smugglers’ Notch Resort promises to please skiers and riders with special activities and value pricing paired with longer days, warm sunshine, and soft snow on the slopes. Vacation packages include condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, use of the indoor pool and hot tubs, snow tubing, and bouncing fun in the indoor FunZone with its climbing inflatables and games. A torchlight parade, bonfire and fireworks are a weekly favorite. During the first two weeks of March, lodging and lift packages start at $109 per youth (ages 3-17) and $139 per adult per night. From March 14 – April 5, 2014, families can enjoy all of Smugglers’ award-winning activities and programs at the season’s lowest rates, with ski and stay packages starting at $89 per youth and $119 per adult per night. On March 29 the resort hosts its spring BrewFest featuring a wide selection of local and regional microbrews. (www.smuggs.com/skivtw; 855-814-7325)
Okemo Mountain Resort
As winter loosens its grip, sunny days and soft snow make things a little more festive on the slopes. A party atmosphere grows as skiers and riders embrace spring. In celebration of the changing season, Okemo is offering a deal that will make everyone want to shout, “OLE!” The Spring Skiesta Card gives the cardholder unlimited skiing and riding from March 17 through closing day of the 2013/14 season for just $99. And the entire $99 may be applied toward a 2014/15 season pass when purchased by April 30, 2014. The Conga line forms at the Okemo Resort Services Desk, and online at okemo.com, when Spring Siesta Cards go on sale March 1.
Middlebury CollegeSnow Bowl
Ski or ride at the Snow Bowl for free in March. Receive a whole month of free access to over 500 acres of trails, glades and wooded terrain when purchasing a 2014-15 season pass. The long term forecast looks great for spring season this season, and some of the best deals of the season are happening right now. Almost everything in the ski shop is on sale from 20-50% off. For more details, call 802-443-SNOW (7669) or go to middleburysnowbowl.com.
March is one of the best times to ski Vermont and Magic. Typically it’s a very snowy month and Magic already has a heavy base heading into March, so plan on skiing and riding until late March and early April. Tickets are cheaper than ever when you buy online at the Magic Store. Plus, at Magic, things get even crazier than normal as wild costumes hit the slopes and big events play out right under the lift (Ski The East Freeride Tour) or in front of the lodge (Big Air Contest). Spring skiing at southern Vermont's throwback ski area is not to be missed.
Vermont’s Killington Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in Eastern North America, is welcoming spring with the 2014 NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass. For just $199, skiers and snowboarders of all ages can enjoy spring skiing and riding, live music and a 20% discount on lodging at Killington beginning March 15 and continuing through the end of the 2013-14 winter season. Soft snow, live music, abundant sunshine and events such as the famous Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge are all typical characteristics of spring at Killington, however, this year’s six-week NOR’BEASTER schedule offers a host of brand-new events highlighting everything from youth action sports progression to specialty food tastings.
Jay Peak Resort
With close to 20 feet of snow so far this season, Jay Peak Resort is offering April ski-and-stay deals for a family of four starting at just $178 a night. Details at jaypeakresort.com.
Bromley’s Spring Loaded Card is back for 2014. What is it? A card, with your picture on it, loaded with 4 days of awesome spring skiing and riding for just $99.* Where can you get it? At the ticket window or online. The Card is valid starting February 24, 2014. Stop in at the ticket window when you arrive, and we’ll scan your card and give you a lift ticket. Card is non-transferable, photo ID required, valid 7 days a week, and can only be used once a day. Card can be re-loaded with 4 additional days of skiing for $99; card can only be re-loaded through the end of this 2013/14 season. Ski days expire 12/19/2014. That's right--still good for an early season teaser next winter!
*$99 rate online only, card is $109 purchased at the ticket window.
Spring skiing means sunset skiing at Bolton Valley, as lifts run straight through sunset until 8pm Wednesdays through Saturdays. Enjoy spectacular sunsets over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks as you ski and ride in direct sunlight late into the evening on western facing slopes. It’s a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else in Vermont.
Deal days at Bolton Valley roll on through spring. Every Monday skiers and riders over the age of 50 ski for 50% off. Wednesdays are college nights with $19 all access lift tickets starting at noon for college students with college ID. Friday Night Late Night continues through March 21 with special late night lift tickets on Fridays are $19 from 7-10 p.m. Late night flatbread, wings and salads are available until 11 p.m. Saturdays keep the weekend moving with Bolton After Dark, $19 all ages lift tickets starting at 4pm.
Check out a full list of early March deals and events here.
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