Snow + Sun + Fun = Spring Skiing in Vermont
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 two, Spring will kick off with big storms to set us up for an extended Spring ski season.
Here is a full list of resort offerings and highlights:
Jay Peak Resort
By the time April rolls around, close to 400 inches of snow is likely to have fallen over Jay Peak. And what better way to celebrate such a bounty than drinking frothy beverages in a mud-soaked parking lot surrounded by plastic pink flamingos. Jay Peak’s Tail Gate Spectacle, its annual spring rite of passage, is April 18. Come soak up the sun and sample some of the best dishes ever cooked over rusting charcoal grills.
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 28.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Spring is a celebratory time at Smugglers’ Notch. Here are some things to look forward to:
- Smugglers’ famed parking lot 1 scene, highlighted in SKI magazine for spring parties, is fully charged.
- Number of grills in parking lot 1 increases by 75-80 percent in March and April over January and February.
- Favorite spring attire at Smugglers’ Notch can be viewed - Hawaiian shirts
- The elusive skiing banana emerges from hibernation in the spring to ski Smugglers’ slopes
- Smugglers’ 3 northwestern facing mountains guarantee afternoon goggle tan time.
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 http://www.stowe.com/vacation/specials/.
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 66 inches of snow, conditions were packed powder almost every day. In April, the average temperature sat in the 50s with temps reaching the 60s and 70s some days. Skiing was available into the first weekend of May with sunshine and temps in the 60s.
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 7, 2015
NOR’BEASTER, March 28-May 2, 2014 - Killington can't get enough of spring in the mountains, and we’ll be celebrating the longest season in the East with five jam-packed weeks of music and competitions including the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge.
For the 2013-14 season, Killington skiers and riders were making turns until May 18 with 49” of snow after March 1. Killington is proud to load Vermont’s first chair every season, and to spin lifts later than anyone else in the East.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
This season, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, in partnership with the New England Nordic Ski Association, is the proud host of the 2015 Bill Koch League Festival. The event will take place on March 6-8, 2015. For more information visit www.nensa.net and for reservations call The Mountain Top Inn & Resort 1.802.483.2311 or visit www.mountaintopinn.com.
Suicide Six at Woodstock Inn & Resort
Spring skiing at Suicide Six and the Nordic Center is filled with sunshine & snow. Join us for a day on the trails or visit us for our Woodstock VT Maple Madness Weekend — March 21-22, 2015. Suicide Six will host a Maple Celebration party Saturday, March 21 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 all to benefit the Woodstock Area Chamber of Commerce.
Okemo Mountain Resort
March brought nearly two feet of new snow to Okemo last winter – setting things up nicely for spring and one of the best times to plan a skiing and riding weekend away. The days grow noticeably longer and warmer, and the snow conditions can transform everyone on the mountain into an on-snow superhero. Then there are all the fun events that the promise of spring brings to the slopes. Okemo will again host its big Sugar Daze concert event on March 14. With big-name bands, beer and barbecue, this outdoor event is a real crowd pleaser.
Southern Vermont’s south facing Bromley typically receives at least 2 feet of snow during the month of March, guaranteeing sun drenched smiles on the slopes through the first weekend in April.
This sets Bromley up perfectly for the annual Spring Fling Weekend, March 21-22. Enjoy live music and fun family events, plus the Trampoline Things will be on hand from VT's Summer Adventure to liven up the weekend both days. Classic spring events include the Pond skimming contest on School Slope, and the Duct Tape where some cardboard and duct tape can be a ticket to glory (and awesome prizes). www.bromley.com/news/calendar/
March is one of the best months to ski or ride Magic when the season snow-pack has accumulated and the sun is shining. We have been blessed with a March blizzard the past two seasons making the conditions perfect throughout the month. Hold off on breaking out the golf clubs and come north for one of the best months of skiing. There is always live music and, weather permitting, a BBQ on the deck.
Stratton Mountain Resort
March means snow! Historically, early spring served up some of the best powder days of the year followed by bright, sunny days, warmer temperatures and plenty of fun events to keep winter rocking. Among them is the 3rd Annual 24 Hours of Stratton. For one night only, Stratton lights up the mountain. From noon on March 21 to noon on March 22, teams ski, ride and raise money for the charitable works of the Stratton Foundation. With awards for most vertical feet covered and most money raised, there’s nothing better than skiing, riding and doing good. For more information: http://strattonfoundation.org/24-hours-of-stratton.php.
Mount Snow Resort
After six feet of snow fell during the month of February, a deep base of snow kept the mountain covered through mid-April and made for epic spring skiing and riding. Revelers slayed the soft bumps on Beartrap and Ripcord while freestyle skiers and riders had eight parks to choose from over at Carinthia, including The Farm – the resort’s newest terrain park loaded with rural elements like a horse trailer and a sugar shack. The Bud light Reggaefest is three days of live music, beer gardens and crazy events like the Sink or Skim Pond Skimming Competition and the Duct Tape Derby.