The Best Times to Ski and Ride in Vermont
Any day spent skiing or riding the slopes of Vermont is a good day – but some are better than others. Often, it’s the plentiful powder underfoot; other times it’s the perfect companionship, postcard weather or the satisfaction of getting a fantastic deal on lift tickets or lodging.
Whatever factors fuel the perma-grin beneath your goggles, there is no shortage of times within the Vermont ski and snowboard season to get out and make the memories of a lifetime. Here are some to keep circled on your calendar:
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.
Bolton Valley Resort
With its expansive view of the Lake Champlain Basin, Bolton Valley faces due west across the widest part of the lake and lies right in the middle of the front range of the Green Mountains’ highest peaks.
Not only does that provide amazing sunsets over the lake, but it means significant snowfall after storms pick up moisture traversing Lake Champlain and then empty it on the western flanks to climb over the highest peaks of the Greens.
This means there are two magic times for great skiing and riding at Bolton:
- Lake Effect storms. We get sleeper 10-14" storms when the forecast only calls for 3.” Check the webcam and snow report that morning! https://www.boltonvalley.com/webcam
- Sunset. With the lifts running until 10pm and our view of the Adirondacks and Lake Champlain, skiing and riding into the sunset is something you can only do here at Bolton Valley. It’s great all season, but especially in the Spring when the temps warm up and the sun sets later in the day!
Mad River Glen
You never know when Mother Nature might grace Mad River Glen with a bounty of snow but the best guess is to shoot for February-March. Those late winter into early spring days usually provide the best ski experience at any New England ski area. March is typically the biggest snowfall month of the season and longer days provide the opportunity for extended operating hours.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
While March is typically a serious snow producer for Smugglers’ (in 2018, the resort saw 6 feet of the fresh stuff in 7 days, and it didn’t stop there), other times of the season are plenty popular as well! Smugglers’ affordable pricing tiers offer three levels of date-specific pricing, including SuperSaver weeks of December 6-19, 2019; January 5-16, 2020; January 20-30, 2020; and March 20 - April 4, 2020 with the lowest pricing of the season. smuggs.com
Middlebury Snow Bowl
Fun Fact: The Middlebury Snow Bowl Parking lot has less capacity than the chairlifts – which is a bonus for skiers and riders because that makes it really hard to create a lift line. At the Snow Bowl ticket rates, that’s a huge bargain every day.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Early season deals, midweek packages and March powder days are the best ways to hit the Stratton Mountain Resort slopes for maximum ski time and savings. Stratton’s popular One-Nighter package is available midweek throughout the season (non-holiday) with two days of skiing or snowboarding and one night of lodging for two people, all for $199 (plus tax and service). Christmas Eve and Christmas Day packages offer savings and a chance to celebrate the holidays in Vermont. In addition to being the snowiest month, March is goggle tan season with hot deals and cool events including the VT Open, a snowboarding competition (March 13-15, 2020) that celebrates the history and progression of a sport born and raised in Vermont.
Suicide Six Ski Area
The holiday weeks are always a joy to share at Suicide Six, with all of your friends and family. An amazing array of activities abound, and throughout the village of Woodstock, there is so much to do, and fun to be had for everyone in your group. Check out our events calendar to get an idea of just how much there is to experience!
Mount Snow Resort
With the entire month of March filled with events, and historically good conditions that time of year, it’s the perfect time to book a trip to Mount Snow. Enjoy our Jack Jump World Championships on March 1, $17 lift tickets and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 17, Bud Light Reggaefest during the weekend of March 20-22 including the Sink or Skim and Duct Tape Derby, the 12th Annual Winter Brewers Festival on March 28, and finally the Bud Light Glade-iator on March 29. For good times and good snow, March is definitely the way to go!
Okemo Mountain Resort
It goes without saying that midweek, non-holiday days offer a better experience on the slopes because there are fewer skiers and riders around. However, with a little help from EpicMix, a free app available for iPhones and Androids, skiers and riders can use technology to improve their on-mountain experience every day of the season at Okemo and Stowe. With EpicMix they can view current conditions, lift-line times, know when lifts are open, on hold, or closed, and see their current location on a trail map. They can track their vert, compete in EpicMix Challenges, track lesson progress, earn certifications when they level-up, and learn new skills and explore new terrain. Every day is better at Okemo, and other Vail Resorts properties across the continent when skiers and riders have an Epic Season Pass and EpicMix.
While March can be an incredible snow month often packed with fun events every weekend, if the snow falls right, December and January can be great times to enjoy the slopes when they’re less crowded outside of the holiday periods. Why wait until March? The past several seasons, Sugarbush has accumulated around 100” of snow prior to New Years, meaning most terrain is open for you to enjoy without the kids vacation weeks or winter fatigue that can come with March. Celebrate Sugarbush’s birthday at the SugarBash with music from The Funk Collection on December 14th. Valley Ski & Ride Week December 16-20 provides four days of instruction and inspiration to get you prepped for the rest of the season.
Experience Bromley Mountain, the only ski area in New England with a full southern exposure Monday through Friday for fewer crowds, allowing you more time on the slopes, more wide-open terrain, and less time in lines. Visit weekends and holidays to enjoy the newly expanded events calendar filled with entertainment and activities for the whole family. Bromley truly shines in the month of March with higher than average snowfall, and lower than average ticket deals, plus slopes showcasing soft snow from first to last chair.
With an average of 57 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 always the best time of the year to visit Killington Resort.
Pico is the resort you come to on holidays and weekends! Pico has open runs with limited skiers and riders, making even the busiest of days feel like a random Wednesday at other ski mountains. While others wait in long lines, Pico guests will be enjoying more turns.
Everybody know that holidays are the most crowded times to ski and ride. But at Magic, it’s like an oasis away from all the hustle and bustle. Magic pride itself on creating an experience that, even during the holidays and vacation periods, allows you more room to roam and less time in lines. The new fixed-grip summit Quad this season, in addition to a mid-mountain double last season, doubles our uphill capacity so that during holidays or busy Saturdays, you’re not in a lift line for more than 5-10 minutes, if at all. Plus, Magic is the only ski area to put a limit on day tickets sold so it never gets overcrowded, with a maximum day ticket sales limit of 2,000 per day! Check out some options to escape to Magic: