1. Spring ski days are longer, brighter, and sunnier on the slopes, easily beating the flat light of December.
2. Ticket prices are lower than they were during the cold, crowded Christmas week.
3. No more skiing through snow guns, scraping your goggles of ice, or sitting on a frosted chair seat.
4. Trail counts are up versus early season skiing, and skier count is decidedly down come spring.
5. Temperatures are far more enjoyable than frigid January.
6. You can wear sunscreen instead of facemasks, and sunglasses instead of face covering goggles.
7. You can wear any ski attire from your Mom's retro one piece, your favorite sports team jersey or a Halloween costume.
8. You can picnic on the peak without fear of frostbite.
9. Burgers (and beers) served out on the deck taste better than those in the cafeteria of crowded base lodges.
10. When your legs get tired, you can blame it on the mashed potato snow
As for deals, Sunday River's tickets are reduced to $49, with an extra $10 off if you are with a passholder. Saddleback will celebrate Good Friday April 22 with $35 lift tickets, $29 if you are a Mainer. Bretton Woods spring tickets are $39. Okemo is open thru Sunday, April 17 with $55 lift tickets. Sugarbush keeps skiing daily, through Easter Sunday - maybe longer, with $59 tickets. Jay Peak is still skiing, with a big Tailgate party this Saturday and pond skimming April 23. This weekend is Reggaefest at Sugarloaf and Sunshine Daydream festival at Killington - both resorts plan to keep skiing into May. Wildcat skis daily through Tuesday, April 19, then reopens April 23-24 weekend, with $39 weekend and $35 midweek tickets. Stowe and Smugglers Notch will celebrate their final day of the season this Sunday April 17.
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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.