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March in Vermont – Sharing the Secret of Spring Skiing and Riding

Sugarbush deck during a sunny spring day
Spring bumps at Okemo
Pond skimming at Bolton Valley
Spring celebrations in the Jay Peak parking lot

When is the best time to book a ski trip to Vermont? Ask any Vermonter and they’ll tell you March. March not only tends to be the snowiest month in the state, but longer days offer up warmer temperatures, more sun and tons of après fun.

See what resorts have in store for Spring 2016:

Jay Peak Resort

The snow’s deep. The days are getting longer. The beer’s still cold. What else do you need to know?

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, March is all about skiing in the sunshine, parking lot parties and Village celebrations. Weekly fireworks add to the fun of March Break week (March 12-19). Beginning on March 26, the resort will host its second MapleFest celebration, with tours to local maple sugarhouses, themed snowshoe and walking treks, dining specials featuring maple, and tastings of maple products in the Country Store. Stays during mid-March through early April take advantage of Smugglers’ Super Saver weeks featuring the lowest rates of the winter season.

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 you’ll discover the ideal time and place to ski and ride. Visit http://www.stowe.com/vacation/specials/

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 2nd.

Sugarbush Resort

March at Sugarbush is typically one of the snowiest months of the year with a yearly snowfall average of 45”. The fully natural terrain Castlerock area remained open with powder, packed powder, or spring conditions every day in March 2015. With typically less crowded slopes than other winter months, March has the perfect conditions and weather for a spring getaway.

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

Middlebury College Snow Bowl

March continues to be one of the best snow months at the Bowl, in fact during the last two seasons the weather was more January like than March like. This past season March 30 was the last day of operation with all lifts operating and all trails open, even those without snowmaking coverage.

Killington Resort & Pico Mountain

Winter begins in October at Killington, so the locals are ready for spring by the time March rolls around. March usually means hearty snow depths on the trails and in the trees, a loaded events calendar, and temperature flipping the weather between spring-like sunny days and full on snow storms and powder days.

Suicide Six Ski Area / Woodstock Inn & Resort

Spring skiing at Suicide Six & the Nordic Center is very sweet filled with sunshine & snow. Enjoy a day on the trails or visit during the Woodstock VT Maple Madness Weekend — March 26-27, 2016. Suicide Six will host a Maple Celebration party Saturday, March 26 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 — it’ll be sweet!

The Quechee Club

The snowfall and cold temperatures lock in the powder laid down by a great season of snowmaking and make for a great month of March. Quechee is well known for its spring skiing conditions made possible by the south facing terrain. In 2015, all 13 trails were open right up until the end of the season this past season.

Okemo Mountain Resort

Despite being the month that officially welcomes spring, March can deliver a wallop when it comes to snowfall. March also marks the start of maple sugar season, when winter loosens its grip on Vermont and sugarmakers all over the State spend their days collecting precious sap to turn into maple syrup. The combination of plentiful snow and warmer days makes March ideal for skiers and riders too. At Okemo, when the sap starts running, Okemo taps into spring with great snow, lift ticket deals and the sweet sounds of notable musical artists with Sugar Daze, a free concert event with big-name entertainers in the Jackson Gore courtyard.

Bromley Mountain

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. Bromley will continue their best Spring deal – The Spring Loaded Card – again this season, offering 4 days of skiing or riding for $119. This sets us up perfectly for our annual Spring Fling, March 26, with live music, the Duct Tape Derby and Pond Skimming Contests.

Stratton Mountain Resort

Just when you think the ski season is winding down, March always comes as a surprise as the snowiest month in Vermont, with the 2015 season bringing in nearly a foot of fluffy, leg burning powder. With temperatures ranging from 25-48 degrees, March proved to offer the most diverse skiing conditions of the winter season with knee-deep pow-days and warm goggle-tan lift rides. With events such as the 24 Hours of Stratton, Marchdi Gras festival and Vermont Top 10 Event Vermont Open, March is the best month to visit Stratton.

Some kind words from March 2015 skiers:

“Never skied powder like this on the East Coast.” – Tim Bruton Jr.

“Woke up this morning at Stratton Resort. Wait! What? Another day of snow? Boot top powder? Ok, I can ski that.” – Jeff Blumenfeld

“One of my best ski days at Stratton ever, and I’ve been coming here for over 20 years. “ – Laurie Kotton

Mount Snow Resort

Thanks to a record-breaking 76” of snow in February and consistent refresher snowstorms throughout March, Mount Snow was 100% open until the end of March. Temperatures stayed in the 25–35 range most days, with a few dips to the teens and just a few balmier days in the 40s. March is also home to Mount Snow’s biggest events, including Red Bull All Snow, Carinthia Freeski Open, The COMP, Bud Light St. Patrick’s Day, Bud Light Reggaefest with Sink or Skim and Duct Tape Derby, and the Golden Egg Hunt. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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