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The Best Time to Ski and Ride: March in Vermont

Annual Pond Skimming at Bolton Valley
Mount Snow is home to the famed terrain park, Carinthia

Why is March the best time to ski and ride in Vermont? Well if longer runs, warmer days, fresh snow (and by that we mean, March is Vermont’s snowiest month) and goggle tans aren’t convincing enough, the spring deals and events at Vermont’s resorts will do the trick.

Check out all the deals, events and spring skiing stats: 

Mount Snow Resort

March at Mount Snow means amazing events. This year Mount Snow will once again host the Red Bull All-Snow on March 4-5th, The Jack Jump World Championships on the 5th, The Carinthia Freeski Open on the 10-11th, Bud Light St. Patties Day on the 17th with thousands of revelers dressed in green, The C.O.M.P on the 18th, and the Bud Light Reggefest on the 24-26th complete with The Sink or Skim pond skim and Duct Tape Derby. For those looking for something to do in March, look no further than Mount Snow.

Stratton Mountain Resort

March at Stratton means goggle tans and après on the Grizzly’s deck, knee-deep powder days and family fun events. March 2015 blanketed Stratton’s terrain with a foot of fluffy powder and March 2016 brought the annual Marchdi Gras block party and pond skim. This March, enjoy both, plus the Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Event and only open snowboarding competition in Vermont, the Vermont Open. Spend spring break at Stratton and ski 5 days for $250 with the College Pass, or upgrade to unlimited visits with the Strattitude Pass.

Magic Mountain

Magic is alive in March with big competitions including the Ski the East Freeride Tour, Vermont Open ski race, St Patrick’s Weekend Big Air Contest and Rando Race as well as big parties like the St Patrick’s Green Day and Spring Fling featuring the famous Sunshine Corner snow bar onslope. The trails and glades are usually in top form, the sun is out and spirits are high at Magic in March.

Bromley Mountain Resort

As if South facing skiing isn’t sweet enough, Bromley, Vermont’s Sun Mountain, really shines during the month of March with slopes showcasing soft snow from first to last chair. Aprés on the Sun Deck and find Adirondack chairs full of happily exhausted enthusiasts taking their goggle tan to the next level. With great events like Spring Fling (think Pond Skimming and the Box Car Derby), March is very family friendly. Look out for great deals like the Spring Loaded card (4 pack of lift tickets for around $30/day) or Kidsrule Mountain Camps 3-packs, for great savings on all-star children’s program.

Okemo Mountain Resort

March is the time to claim your badges of honor – great deals and a goggle tan. Skiers and riders have worked through the coldest days of winter and their legs are strong and ready for the soft, hero snow of spring. The days are longer and the sun is warmer. Start at Okemo’s South Face to catch the morning’s first corn snow. Lunch on the deck at Smokey Jo’s or outside at The Sitting Bull. Enjoy an afternoon of soft moguls or cruise the shady edges of the trails for firmer turns. Sign up for the Slush Cup or enjoy one of Okemo’s other rites-of-spring events … and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Suicide Six Ski Area/Woodstock Inn

Spring skiing at Suicide Six and Woodstock Inn Nordic Center is filled with sunshine and snow. Come for a day on the trails or visit the Woodstock VT Maple Madness Weekend — March 24-26, 2017. Suicide Six will host a Maple Celebration party Saturday, March 25 from 6-8:30PM. Local restaurants will feature their favorite Maple themed specialties, from chili to ribs, martinis to dessert. Live entertainment and a cash bar will all go to benefit the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce.

Sugarbush Resort

March at Sugarbush is typically one of the snowiest months of the year, averaging 45” for the month. The snowfall coincides with some of the best events of the year including The Sugaring Time Festival (maple-themed activities and food), the Castlerock Extreme (a freestyle competition on Liftline), and the Chez Henri Cup (hosted by historic French bistrot Chez Henri). Spring lodging packages offer guests special springtime savings.

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.

Bolton Valley

With skiing and riding until 8pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 10pm on Friday, 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 April 1st.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Resort receives an impressive average of 300” inches of snowfall each winter. At least one-third of that accumulation consistently occurs in March. Combine these facts with Stowe’s world-class snowmaking and that means some of the deepest snowpack in the Northeast is on Vermont’s highest peak, Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. 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 discover the ideal time and place to ski and ride. Visit http://www.stowe.com/vacation/specials/

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, March is all about skiing and riding in the sunshine, parking lot tailgate parties and resort village celebrations. Weekly fireworks add to the fun of March Break week, March 11-18, 2017. Beginning on March 18, 2017, the resort will host its third MapleFest celebration, with tours to local maple sugarhouses, themed snowshoe and walking treks, dining specials featuring maple, and tastings of maple products. Stays during mid-March through early April take advantage of Smugglers’ Super Saver weeks featuring the lowest rates of the winter season. (www.smuggs.com)

Jay Peak Resort

Anyone can play beach volleyball. It’s warm, typically close to water, and requires almost zero pain tolerance. Almost the exact opposite is true at Jay Peak’s Beach Party. It’s held in late March so the sun has typically made a return after being hidden behind a season of endless snow storms, but the air can still bite. It is held close to water, albeit in the white and frozen crystalized form. And if you have a toddler’s reaction to discomfort, you won’t be happy diving around a volleyball court made of spring snow. Other than that, it’s the perfect way to ring in spring.

 

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