Nirvana continues for skiers and riders up and down the east coast as the seemingly never-ending winter forges on toward a supposed conclusion. The irony is that most resorts will have ample snow when they quiet their lifts for the season.
Karl Stone of Ski NH told SnoCountry.com his state is positioned to offer classic spring conditions well into April, and have gotten aggressive with pricing to keep snow sports enthusiasts hitting the slopes instead of hitting golf and tennis balls.
“It’s always a challenge to keep skiers and riders on the snow during the spring months,” Stone said. “Guests who stay motivated this season will find many New Hampshire ski areas still open on 100 percent of their terrain, with uncrowded slopes, lift ticket deals and warmer temperatures.
Meanwhile, Ski Maine executive director Greg Sweetser literally came out of the trees to tell SnoCountry.com, “The skiing this past weekend was as good as it gets. No matter what the weather over the next few weeks, Maine ski areas will be wide open.”
Spring festivals in Maine are on schedule, including Sugarloaf’s 26th Annual Reggae Festival April 9-12, featuring deep snowpack across the mountain, more than a dozen concerts and a barbecue. Sugarloaf will also host the East Coast Pond skimming championships Saturday, April 19.
Many New York facilities are looking at longer seasons than usual due to prolonged winter weather. Bristol Mountain, in the western part of the state, will hit 130 days, a figure usually reserved for more northern sites.
“Our 50th season as been fantastic,” Bristol Mountain’s Drew Broderick told SnoCountry.com. “Whether we extend has to do with ski conditions and guest desire to continue skiing and riding. This season we have plenty of base and conditions, and our diehards are already asking if we will be extending the season beyond April 6.”
The south continues to flourish this season, too. Ski Sugar in North Carolina is hopping on the March Madness bandwagon. The resort is offering 25 percent discounts on most lift tickets, rentals and lessons. Get a weekday pass for just $31, with a weekend price of $51.
At a time when southern skiing and riding usually goes into hibernation, Sugar has many slopes boasting a base of more than five feet.
Photo: Bristol Mountain on the Upper Rocket Trail (Bristol Mt./Drew Broderick)