College Week

That fall semester was tough. Then you scrambled home for Christmas. Bought presents as stores were closing on Christmas Eve. You graduate in May and your parents are on your case about starting a career. You need an escape. Enter college ski week. 


We don’t know who developed the concept, but it was pure genius. Sunday River in Maine knows what students need: Jan. 7-11 rings in the New Year with parties, live performances, lodging and lift ticket packages starting with a One Night Stand that combines lodging and lift ticket starting at $89 per night.


If you’re more the commitment type, try the five-day package starting at $309, including lift ticket, lodging and ski/ride clinics.Meanwhile, Winter Session will be open at Mount Snow in southern Vermont, Jan. 7-11 and Jan. 14-18. For $379 “tuition”, you will get schooled so then you can school your buddies on the hill. That price gets you five days of rental equipment, a two-day lower mountain lift ticket and a two-day beginner lesson package. When it’s over, you will be handed a “diploma”. 


Mount Snow calls it the Higher Ed Pass – a bonanza where you can access the slopes for the rest of the season. Access to area clubs is on you.There are other lift and lodging specials at Mount Snow, with serious budget relief if you book a large group of students.


Seven Springs Mountain Resort, in western Pennsylvania, has college weekends in early January before Martin Luther King weekend. Students will get maximum on-hill time as they can ski or ride on Friday nights from 7-10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 


When the lifts close, the extracurricular activities take over at the Matterhorn Lounge, where the pulse calms down at 2 a.m. For weekend prices starting at $249, you can package three days and two nights in a slopeside hotel unit and take advantage of the expanded hours. The price includes two days and two nights of lift tickets, two full buffet breakfasts, and a Saturday night buffet dinner. 


This is merely a sampling of the “courses” offered at ski resorts of higher learning. Your own search might turn other deals. Just remember – wherever you decide to make your turns between semesters, you must be a legit college student…..No fake IDs.


Photo: Mount Snow