As spring looms just around the corner, Vermont ski resorts are reporting 80 percent snowmaking coverage and a strong snowpack that officials at Ski Vermont say could extend the season into April. Vermont resorts are now offering a host of spring ski and snowboard deals and local events - here's a roundup.
Local events include a Nantucket Weekend with various businesses from the island, pond skimming, Sugaring Time Festival, and others. Skiing at another mountain? The Show Us Yours, We’ll Show You Ours ticket allows skiers to show a season pass from another mountain and receive a discounted lift ticket.
Stratton Mountain Resort
With the Kids Ski and Stay Free package, children aged 17 and younger stay free when two adults purchase a lift and lodging package. Events include March 7-9’s Vermont Open snowboard competition and music festival, where pro and amateur riders throw down in the halfpipe, rail jam and banked slalom. March 8, the annual Marchdi Gras block party is fun for all ages. March 15 begins the annual 24 Hours of Stratton skiathon and fundraiser in which teams of skiers and snowboarders ride through the night having fun and raising money for the charitable works of the Stratton Foundation.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Vacation packages include condominium lodging, daily lift tickets, use of the indoor pool and hot tubs, snow tubing, and bouncing fun in the indoor FunZone with its climbing inflatables and games. A torchlight parade, bonfire and fireworks are a weekly favorite. During the first two weeks of March, lodging and lift packages start at $109 per youth (ages 3-17) and $139 per adult per night. From March 14 – April 5, 2014, families can enjoy all of Smugglers’ award-winning activities and programs at the season’s lowest rates, with ski and stay packages starting at $89 per youth and $119 per adult per night. On March 29 the resort hosts its spring BrewFest featuring a wide selection of local and regional microbrews.
Okemo Mountain Resort
In celebration of the changing season, Okemo is offering a deal that will make everyone want to shout, “OLE!” The Spring Skiesta Card gives the cardholder unlimited skiing and riding from March 17 through closing day of the 2013/14 season for just $99. And the entire $99 may be applied toward a 2014/15 season pass when purchased by April 30, 2014. Spring Siesta Cards go on sale March 1.
Middlebury College Snow Bowl
Ski or ride at the Snow Bowl for free in March. Receive a whole month of free access to over 500 acres of trails, glades and wooded terrain when purchasing a 2014-15 season pass. The long term forecast looks great for spring season this season, and some of the best deals of the season are happening right now. Almost everything in the ski shop is on sale from 20-50 percent off.
Big spring events include the Ski The East Freeride Tour and a Big Air Contest.
Vermont’s Killington Resort is welcoming spring with the 2014 NOR’BEASTER Spring Pass. For just $199, skiers and snowboarders of all ages can enjoy spring skiing and riding, live music and a 20% discount on lodging at Killington beginning March 15 and continuing through the end of the 2013-14 winter season. Soft snow, live music, abundant sunshine and events such as the famous Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge are all typical characteristics of spring at Killington, however, this year’s six-week NOR’BEASTER schedule offers a host of brand-new events highlighting everything from youth action sports progression to specialty food tastings.
Jay Peak Resort
With close to 20 feet of snow so far this season, Jay Peak Resort is offering April ski-and-stay deals for a family of four starting at just $178 a night.
Bromley’s Spring Loaded Card is back for 2014. It offers four days of spring skiing and riding for $99.* Card is non-transferable, photo ID required, valid seven days a week, and can only be used once a day. Card can be re-loaded with 4 additional days of skiing for $99; card can only be re-loaded through the end of this 2013/14 season. Ski days expire 12/19/2014.
*$99 rate online only, card is $109 purchased at the ticket window.
Spring skiing means sunset skiing at Bolton Valley, as lifts run straight through sunset until 8pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Deal days at Bolton Valley roll on through spring. Every Monday skiers and riders over the age of 50 ski for 50 percent off. Wednesdays are college nights with $19 all access lift tickets starting at noon for college students with college ID. Friday Night Late Night continues through March 21 with special late night lift tickets on Fridays are $19 from 7-10 p.m. Late night flatbread, wings and salads are available until 11 p.m. Saturdays keep the weekend moving with Bolton After Dark, $19 all ages lift tickets starting at 4pm.