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'Tis the Season to Après Outside: The Fall Line, 3/26/15

Spring skiing and riding preview today at Mount Snow Resort

March Going Out Like a Lion
So much for going out like a lamb - March temperatures mimicked those of February for most of the month save for a few seasonally warmer days. While it’s safe to say we’re ready for corn snow and sunshine, the persistence of cold, clouds and snow this month have ensured the great snow coverage lasts as long as possible for an extended ski and ride season. The snow has been so well preserved, in fact, that as of today seven Vermont resorts are still operating with 100% of trails open and another eight are more than 90% open. Vermont’s alpine resorts are still going strong! Another cold snap and more snow is in the forecast for the weekend, which means winter is still holding its ground in the Green Mountains.

With so many trails open and tons of fun spring events lined up at resorts in the next few weeks, there’s really only one problem: deciding where to ski and ride this weekend! No matter where you’re heading, make sure to check the conditions report first for updates at all Vermont resorts.
Spring Flings, Fests & Ski-ster Events
Call it cabin fever, call it crazy, but spring events are here and it’s that time of year to après outside. From here on out, Vermont resorts are celebrating the remainder of the season with pond skimming, live music and more fun events. Here are some of the highlights:
March 26-28, 2015 - Chez Henri 50th Anniversary at Sugarbush Resort
March 27-29, 2015 - Bud Light Reggaefest at Mount Snow Resort
March 28, 2015 - Spring Fling Race and Party at Magic Mountain
March 28, 2015 - BrewFest at Smugglers’ Notch Resort
March 28, 2015 - Pond Skimming: Annual Rite of Spring at Sugarbush Resort
April 4, 2014 - Pond Skimming at Smugglers’ Notch Resort
April 4-5, 2015 - Sugar Slalom at Stowe Mountain Resort
April 11-12, 2015 - Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge at Killington Resort
April 11, 2015 - Annual Spring Fling and Pond Skim at Stratton Mountain Resort
April 11-12, 2015 - Backcountry Magazine Basecamp at Smugglers’ Notch Resort
April 18, 2015 - The Tail Gate Spectacle at Jay Peak Resort


Pond skimming at Sugarbush Resort
Some people celebrate Easter, we celebrate Ski-ster. You don’t have to hunt around too hard to find fun Easter weekend events at Vermont resorts. 

Sugarbush Resort - Begin your holiday weekend with a morning service at Allyn’s Lodge followed by a visit from the Easter Bunny, an Easter Egg Hunt and an elegant Easter Brunch at Timbers Restaurant.
Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe’s 60th annual non-denominational Easter Sunrise Service will be held at the Cliff House atop Mt. Mansfield. Complimentary Gondola transportation is available to the public from 4:30am – 5:30 am. The Gondola closes promptly so please allow for extra time (10 - 15 mins) to park and walk to the Gondola Barn before 5:30 am. Dress warmly and for mountain conditions. Participants will also have the opportunity to make donations to the United Way of Lamoille County during the service. A Children's Easter Egg Hunt will start at the Spruce Plaza at 9am.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort - On Easter Sunday, conditions permitting, the Sterling lift will transport attendees up the mountain free of charge to participate in a non-denominational service and Easter message by a local minister. Lift loading begins at 6:00 am and ends promptly at 6:30 am. No experience with riding the chairlift is necessary. Following the service, guests may ski or snowboard to the base area or ride the lift back down the mountain.

Q Burke Mountain Resort - Vermont Spirits will kick off the weekend for adults on Good Friday providing samplings paired with great eats from the Tamarack Pub & Girl. Gang of Thieves will be hosting après in the Bear Den Lounge at Mid Burke and Easter brunch will be served Sunday in the Tamarack Dining Room.

Okemo Mountain Resort - The fun begins on Saturday, April 4 with Okemo’s Slush Cup and Splash for Cash. Costume-clad Slush Cup competitors schuss toward an 80-foot-long slushy pond and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. Following the Slush Cup, you've got one shot to soar off a kicker and grab a bag o’ cash dangling above the slush pond. Easter morning starts with a sunrise service led by Pastor Abe in the Jackson Gore courtyard and an on-mountain Easter Egg Hunt that begins when the lifts start spinning. Find the one special egg for a very special prize.

Killington Resort - Easter Sunrise Service is set to begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Killington Peak Lodge. The service is free and open to all, but space is limited to 275 guests and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Join afterward for a community breakfast. After the service, starting at 8:00 a.m. descend to the K-1 Base Lodge for an Easter Egg Hunt for all ages. At 9:00 a.m., a toddler-friendly Easter Egg Hunt will follow at the K-1 Base.

Bromley Mountain - Everyone knows the Easter Bunny loves snow. He plans to stop at the Sun Mountain on Sunday, April 5, hiding a very special golden egg somewhere on the mountain. In that golden egg will be a certificate for a 2015/16 Winter Season Pass! Ages 17 and under only. Youngest guests can find the big bunny and an egg hunt at the Kids Center, too.

Bolton Valley - Stay tuned for more details on the Sunday Easter egg hunt

Find more details on these and other events at

Don't Miss Out!
This weekend marks the first closing date announcements of the season. Head over to Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Northeast Slopes, Quechee Ski Area or Suicide Six this weekend before they close up shop at the end of the day on Sunday, March 29th. It’s been a great season for these mountains and there’s still a ton of snow to play in at all of them, so don’t miss out - get your hometown ski and ride fix while the getting’s still so good.
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