Bits and pieces of winter will sprinkle across the country for the next week, with Front Range Colorado getting the bulk of new stuff while New England’s winter weather gods just don’t seem to want to let go.
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.
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)
Freeskiers will take on the double-black-diamond Madonna Liftline, the most challenging lift-accessed terrain at Smugglers’ in the open Extreme Skiing Challenge freeskiing competition at Smugglers’ Notch March 8. Now in its third year, competitors will be judged on line, control, fluidity, technique and style.
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 all began as a bet in 1945 between two amazing skiers - Austrian Sepp Ruschp who was hired to come to America and head the new ski school at Stowe and Erling Strom, world famous mountaineer from Norway – to see who could make it from the top of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, to the historic village of Stowe on one pair of skis.
You’ve got a whole summer of warm weather around the corner, but just a precious few weeks left of winter skiing and riding, so why not head for the hills this college spring break and work on that goggle tan? SnoCountry.com has gathered up the country’s best spring break destinations for you and your buds, where there’s no danger of getting sand in your margarita.
Many ski resorts across North America have realized the importance of offering spa services to their guests. It’s the epitome of “me” time for women, men, couples and, increasingly, kids. The reasons: time off from skiing or boarding, a way to work off sore muscles or “just 'cause it's there.”
Locally sourced ingredients and stunning views make for some of SnoCountry.com’s best mountain top dining destinations. Many offer unique modes of transportation to the restaurant, including sleigh or snowcat rides, making getting there part of the experience, and intimate gatherings that create the opportunity for guests to mingle with other diners and compare notes after a day on the slopes.
Pico Mountain Resort in Killington, Vt. will host the 5th Annual Downhill for Diabetes Ski and Snowboard Event Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.
The First-Timer-to-Life-Timer program at Sugarbush, Vt. is part of the resort’s continuum of programs that allows them to custom tailor each guest’s learning experiences to meet their needs and goals.
A fire destroyed the former Ascutney Mountain base lodge in West Windsor, Vt., Jan. 8. Fire crews from West Windsor and several local towns fought the blaze in temperatures as low as 10 below zero after the first call came in at 5:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
What can $10 get you these days? How about a beginner ski or snowboard lesson for a Vermont child, including rentals and a lift ticket?
Take a Girls’ Time Out and hit the slopes at Stratton. The Girls’ Time Out Snowboard Camp, January 2-4, 2015 and January 30 - February 1, 2015, is a women-only, two-day camp designed by Stratton’s female riders to make fearless riders of every woman.
Gadd Brook Slopeside, Sugarbush Resort’s next development project at Lincoln Peak, is moving forward. Resort officials expect to submit an ACT 250 permit by the end of December, and anticipate presenting the plan before the ACT 250 Board and the Warren Development Review Board in January, 2015.
Hopefully there’s going to be some new ski gear waiting for you under the tree this year, and if you are lucky enough to be able to celebrate Christmas on the slopes this year, you’ll find some great deals and fun activities as well a some quieter runs before the vacation week starts.