Mountain folk know how to party, and if there’s a time when things go truly uncorked, it’s the spring. Who’s not ready to shake their rumpus under in the sun after a long winter stretch of short days, cold nights, and heavy snow. There’s a lot of music set to go off in the mountains this spring, here’s five of our favorite springtime ski area concerts where you’re sure to see some freak flags flying.
The big guns alpine ski racing are headed to Sugarloaf next week, and Easterners will be treated to a rare chance at seeing America’s top athletes on local snow as some of the biggest names in U.S. alpine racing set their sights on a national title at the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, March 25-29, 2015.
We may have had a taste of spring this week in the Northeast, but cold temperatures are back and with several feet of snow blanketing the resorts this January and February, that snowpack isn’t going anywhere soon. The last official weekend of winter is looking to offer a few more inches of white gold.
A storm headed our way from the southwest this weekend will mean some mixed precipitation for some resorts, but could be all snow for higher elevations.
“The further north you can go and the higher up in elevation, the better with this one. My picks for parts of New England that are most likely to see the most accumulation and also stay all snow would be Western Maine and Northern Vermont. Specifically, resorts like Sugarloaf and Saddleback in Western Maine, and Jay, Stowe, and Smugglers' Notch in Northern Vermont,” OpenSnow.com's Brian Clark told SnoCountry.com
“With up to six inches of fresh snow in the forecast, I'd say it's going to be a great weekend. We're not desperate for new snow, but it would be nice to recover the handful of the more exposed natural terrain we've had to close. With the cold nights and warmer days in the forecast, I'm looking forward to morning hero runs and soft afternoon bumps,” Sunday River’s Sarah Devlin told us.
Snow dancing isn't over just yet at Sugarloaf, either. “We expect this weekend to be fantastic. Preliminary forecasts are calling for upwards of six inches on Saturday which will make for great spring skiing on Sunday,” Sugarloaf’s Noelle Tuttle told us.
Great snow conditions and moderating temperatures have created the template for optimum mountain conditions at Stowe, where they have received over 20 feet of natural snow this winter.
Pack that together with fun events and ticket specials, you'll get the best time of the season to ski and ride. Take advantage of special ticket rates such as the $59 St. Patrick’s Day Ticket on March 17 and the $72 Stowe ByPass Special on March 18 & 19.
Photo: Top -- Another stunning day at Stowe, where the snowpack is now starting to bury their trail signs. (Stowe); Saddleback snowpack will look just like this for the weekend (Saddleback/Facebook)
Looking for some spring fun on the slopes? Spring brings out “the silly season,” and for good reason according to Crystal Mountain’s Brian Lawson.
Boston has been breaking records left and right this winter for snowfall, but what about the mountain resorts in the Northeast? Many resorts across the region are looking at smashing year-end snow totals if they haven't already. Yes, it’s been cold, but that has meant super-fluffy powder days that New Englanders often have to head west to find.
It's be a free powder day at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire today (Feb. 3). In celebration of the Patriots Super Bowl win, Waterville Valley is inviting all of New England to ski or ride for free as the finale of their Patriots Tuesday promotion run during the football season.
Despite all the media hype over Storm Juno, there are some very happy skiers and riders heading to the hills in the Northeast in its wake.
Saddleback, Maine is certainly a big mountain, with a 2,000-foot vertical drop and a top lift elevation over 4,000 feet, one of only seven ski mountains in New England that high. But it's prices are comparable to those of a small mountain.
Jake Treadwell has been named new Vice President of Mountain Operations at Sunday River Resort, effective April 1, 2015. Treadwell will replace current V.P. Karl Strand, who is transitioning to become Sugarloaf’s new President and General Manager, also effective in April. Both Sunday River and Sugarloaf are members of the Boyne group of resorts.
CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., owner of the largest number of ski resorts in the country, is currently assessing how best to liquefy its assets as the end of the real estate investment trust (REIT) term draws near. CNL is a non-traded REIT that invests in a diverse collection of lifestyle and other income‐producing assets, including ski and mountain lifestyle properties, attractions, senior housing and marinas.
Skiers and snowboarders are rejoicing as the first major snowstorm of the season rolled through the Northeast delivering a Thanksgiving feast.
Looking to share a passion for the mountains with your kids? The country’s next generation of rippers can probably be found in one of many season-long kids’ programs. Whether they’ve got Olympic dreams or just want to become a confident all-mountain skier, these programs provide a solid base for wherever the mountains take them.
Cold weather and turning lifts are on the list of what skiers and riders are thankful for this time of year, and the Northeast’s resorts are showing their gratitude by offering deals and events that will make sliding on snow much more appealing than standing in line at the mall.
In addition to Killington and Sunday River which opened last week, three more eastern resorts started turning lifts for the 2014-2015 season Sunday, Nov. 9.
On Thanksgiving Day, there are always plenty of things to be thankful for – including the opportunity to carve out a few arcs at a nearby ski and snowboard resort before carving up the turkey. Early-season snow conditions can be an iffy affair, dependent as they are on a stretch of below-freezing temperatures for snowmaking and a couple of late autumn snowstorms to lay down a solid base.
Maine's Mt Abram has begun construction on a photovoltaic solar project. The array is expected to produce in excess of 280,000 kWh annually, offsetting approximately 70 percent of the ski area’s annual electricity consumption.