With yard work, Little League, and everything else that ultimately gets in the way of ski season suddenly arriving, it could be your last weekend to hit the slopes, and to entice you to make the trip to the mountains, Sugarbush is offering free skiing on Sunday.
Simply fill out the online request form to add your name to the list.
The Warren, Vt. resort anticipates having trails Ripcord, Organgrinder, Spring Fling, Stein's Run, and possibly a few more available when they re-open open this weekend. Vermont temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-60's Sunday.
Further north, Jay Peak will also be open this weekend with pond-skimming on Saturday. Last night, the resort took a little jab at its Vermont cousin resort on Facebook, posting, "Two points worth clarifying: This will not be our last weekend. You get what you pay for. Carry on."
As of April 27, Jay reported to have 75 percent of its terrain still open. To the south, Killington also remains open through the weekend.
In Maine, Saddleback will open this weekend with an anticipated 66 trails available on Saturday. Neighboring Sugarloaf had 106 trails still open yesterday, and anticipates skiing and riding at least until the weekend of May 14-15, when it will host its "Ski and Tee"event. Play nine holes of golf after hitting the slopes for just $25 with a lift ticket from that day or a season pass. Just want to golf? The nine-hole outing will run you $39.
The flower beds can wait anyway.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.