Parties, Sun, Snow and Sweets: Ski Vermont Loves Spring Skiing and Riding
What does seventeen feet of snow look like? A great spring ski and ride season in Vermont. With a statewide average of 208 inches of snow since November, Vermont ski and snowboard resorts are ready for a long spring season highlighting sunny skies, soft snow and plenty of parties, activities, and deals for both families and spring celebrators.
The late and great Robin Williams was once quoted saying “Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s party!’” Vermont throws plenty of parties when the sun comes out. Folks can kick off the spring season with Saint Patty’s Day celebrations or one of the other great events in March found at skivermont.com
Okemo celebrates the season with outdoor barbecues, après ski parties and great events like the Sugar Daze free concert featuring Switchfoot, Demo Days, and a totally retro Bumps and Bamboo event where bonus points are awarded for style. Savvy spring skiers can celebrate the season with savings as Okemo’s Spring Skiesta Card returns this year. The Spring Skiesta Card provides the cardholder with unlimited skiing and riding from March 20 through closing day for just $99 when purchased online prior to March 20.
Killington’s Nor’Beaster spring celebration is loaded with competitive and party-going events and a $199 Spring Pass. The Bear Mountain Mogul challenge on April 11 is a longtime favorite and great après scene for the avid party-goer.
Spring also means sun and goggle tans at the south-facing Bromley, Vermont’s Sun Mountain. Save up for sunscreen with deals like the Spring Loaded Card (4 days for $119), and Kidsrule Mountain Camps 3-Packs (3 lessons for $299).
You can even ride into the sunset at Bolton Valley. With western facing slopes and skiing and riding until 8pm (10pm on Fridays) spring skiing is a unique experience at Bolton Valley. Skiers and snowboarders ride in direct sunlight late into the afternoon and watch the sunset over Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. This is a skier bucket list item not to be missed.
Things heat up with events at Sugarbush during Nantucket Weekend (3/20/15) where various businesses from the island provide beach music, food specials, and activities. Take a dip when things get hot and check out the annual pond skimming contest on March 28.
Stowe Mountain Resort has received over 20 feet of natural snow this winter. Pack that together with great events and ticket specials and it’s the best time of the season to ski and ride. Visitors can take advantage of special ticket rates such as the $59 St. Patrick’s Day Ticket on March 17 and the $72 Stowe ByPass Special on March 18 & 19.
“There’s so much amazing snow that we can’t help but celebrate,” said Dave Meeker, Mount Snow Marketing Manager. “March will be full of live music, competitions, and events – everyone is ready to make the most of warm spring sunshine. This incredible base means we’re set for some great parties, not to mention the best skiing and riding of the season.”
Q Burke has so much snow, they want spread the love. They not only now allow uphill travel during operating hours free of charge, but will stay open until 4:30pm for extended snow and sun exposure. Complete details can be found at www.skiburke.com
Families looking for something “sweet” can enjoy Easter at a Vermont resort with Easter eggs hunts, Sunday sunrise services and more. For a full list of Easter services, and April activities and deals go to Ski Vermont’s website.
Smugglers’ Notch hosts a MapleFest Celebration from March 27 – April 12, 2015, and BrewFest on March 28 features a wide selection of local and regional microbrews. Also sweet, from March 20 – April 12, 2015, families can enjoy all of Smugglers’ award-winning activities and programs at the season’s lowest rates, with ski and stay packages starting at $95 per youth and $125 per adult per night.
A free day of skiing and riding is one of the sweetest treats. Book Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday nights at a range of accommodations all at the heart of Stratton Mountain Resort and ski free on Friday or Monday. Package starts at $79 per person, per night.
Woodstock Inn & Resortoffers up some great ski packages including “Sugar Season Escape Specials" and “Suite” Deals. On Monday ride Suicide 6 for $15, on Tuesday’s enjoy the $35, beer, burger & lift ticket special and Frugal Fridays offers $30 lift tickets. Visit www.woodstockinn.com.
Ski Vermont (Vermont Ski Areas Association) is a proud ambassador of the thriving winter tourism industry in Vermont, where the legislature has designated skiing and snowboarding as the official state sports. Vermont is not only the #1 ski state in the east and third in the US, but also reigns supreme in snowmaking quality and coverage, variety of terrain and historical impact on the sports of skiing and snowboarding - making it one of the most significant ski and ride destinations in the world. Ski Vermont’s mission is to help create a legislative, economic and social environment in which the state's ski areas can grow and prosper. It serves its 20 Alpine and 30 Nordic member resorts in three major areas: Governmental Affairs, Marketing and Public Affairs.