Vermont’s Favorite Month: March Skiing and Snowboarding
In search of the best times to visit Vermont’s ski and snowboard resorts? Well, since first chair on powder days isn’t always a possibility, aim for March in the Green Mountain State. Longer, warmer days and historically high snowfall makes the third month of the year an ideal time to hit the slopes in Vermont. Add a calendar full of exciting spring time events like pond skims, tailgates and slaloms, and visitors are sure to enjoy themselves.
Jay Peak Resort
Best to bring the fat boards along with the sunscreen if you’re headed to Jay Peak for a “spring” ski outing. Last winter the resort got pummeled with close to 10 feet of snow during St. Patrick’s month, and that was on the light side as far as Marchs go. Good thing for all of that snow, as March is the month the Ski the East Freeride Finals are held on Jay Peak’s somewhat infamous Face Chutes.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, March is all about skiing and riding in the sunshine or fresh pow (last season’s largest March-producer dropped 55 inches in one storm). As temps generally warm in March, it’s also the ideal time for parking lot tailgate parties and resort village celebrations. Weekly fireworks add to the fun of March Break week, March 10-17, 2018. Beginning on March 17, 2018, 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.
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.
With skiing and riding until 10pm Tuesday 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. Several events including the Splitboard Festival, Vermont Land Trust Tours, snowmobile and on-snow truck races, the Spring Thing Weekendand Pond Skimming add a little pizzazz to what is already a great time of year to be on the mountain.
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.
Last season, thanks in large part to 39” from Winter Storm Stella, Sugarbush saw 58” in the month of March. Typically, one of the snowiest months of the season, 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), Island Weekend (beach themed activities and food) and the SideSurfers Banked Slalom (a snowboard exclusive banked slalom race). Spring lodging packages also offer guests special springtime savings.
With an average of 46 inches of new snow falling each March coupled with the Nor’Beaster Spring Pass offering unlimited turns mid-March through the end of the Longest Season in the East – it’s the best time of the year to visit Killington Resort.
The Woodstock Inn and Suicide Six Ski Area
Spring skiing at Suicide Six and their Nordic Center is filled with sunshine and snow. Join them for a day on the trails or Vermont Maple events: Sap Bucket Run, Maple Madness Weekend and Vermont Overland Maple Adventure Ride. They’re all sure to be sweet!
Okemo Mountain Resort
March is the time to claim your reward – great deals and a goggle tan. You’ve skied through the coldest days of winter and your legs are strong and ready for the soft, hero snow of spring. 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 side 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!
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 Camp 3-packs, for great savings on all-star children’s program.
Magic comes alive in March now with their increased commitment to snowmaking and the fun events held at the start of spring skiing. Last season Magic made snow for the first time ever in early March to extend the season and was rewarded with two snow falls and the most skier traffic since the 1980s. This season Magic has more great events with the Ski The East Freeride tour hitting Magic March 3rd, the annual Spring Fling celebration March 24th and a new major event on March 17th to crown the ULTIMATE SKIER in the East with a combined Freeski into a Giant Slalom course from the Top of Black Line to the bottom. The warm weather, the late snowstorms and the relaxed spring vibe make March the best month to ski and ride at Magic.
Stratton Mountain Resort
March at Stratton means goggle tans and après on the Grizzly’s deck, powder days and family fun events. 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 five days for $250 with the College Pass, or upgrade to unlimited visits with the Strattitude Pass.
Mount Snow Resorts
March at Mount Snow means amazing events and tons of snow: The Jack Jump World Championships on the 4th, The Carinthia Freeski Open on the 9-10th, Bud Light St. Patties Day on the 17th with thousands of revelers dressed in green and $17 lift tickets, The C.O.M.P on the 17th and the Bud Light Reggefest on the 23-25th complete with The Sink of Skim pond skim and Duct Tape Derby. If you’re looking for something to do in March, look no further than Mount Snow.