Awesome Spring Skiing and Riding on Tap This Season in Vermont
Savvy Vermont skiers and snowboarders have preached patience when it comes to the season's best skiing. No matter how conditions are in the first few months of winter - and since the calendar flipped to 2021, they've been great - many of the most enjoyable turns of the winter often come during March.
Great conditions and longer days with friendlier temperatures combine to make March the prime time to get out on the slopes of Vermont. This year, interstate travel regulations and other pandemic protocols have been an important top priority when planning a trip - but March is still delivering another enjoyable chapter to the story of this season.
"People always ask when the spring skiing season officially starts," said Bonnie MacPherson, communications manager at Okemo Mountain Resort. "It starts when the sap starts to flow in maple trees and sugaring commences. Steam and smoke billow from sugar houses all over the Green Mountain State. It's the sweetest time of year for those who love longer daylight hours, sunshine warmer temperatures, soft snow and of course, Vermont maple syrup."
Soft snow won't be an issue this spring. Abundant natural snowfall during the first few months of 2021 has helped set up stellar skiing and riding conditions in the Green Mountains.
As of March 3, Vermont ski areas boasted 73 percent of their terrain open for skiing and riding. Base depths across the state stood at levels that portend great conditions right through this season's closing bell.
"We haven't had any of the thaws we sometimes get, so depths are great and we should have great skiing for the rest of the season," said John Bleh, public relations and communications manager at Sugarbush Resort. "I like to say, one of the reasons we ski through the winter is to earn these beautiful spring days."
Daytime temperatures have started to rise in March, making for some unforgettable bluebird days. “Goggle tan season,” as Myra Foster, senior manager of marketing and communications at Stratton Mountain Resort calls it, is squarely upon us.
"We always look forward to these longer, sunny days and all that soft snow," Foster said, "and this year may be the sweetest season of spring skiing yet, with nearly 11 feet of natural snow so far."
So keep your skis and snowboard in reach - March has some of the best conditions you'll find at Vermont ski areas.