Finally ski resorts got some meaningful snow last weekend, particularly those in northern New England. And it looks like there is more in store for this week, and next weekend. So I am going out on a ski limb to say March will be the ski month. March is often the snowiest in the mountains, with the most sunlight, the best events, and some of the best deals as ski resorts try to keep you in the ski mood (and keep you away from biking, golf and spring sports). Ski areas in northern Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire are finally registering mid-winter conditions of packed powder and decent base depths after some late February snow storms to counter the balmy bust of a January.
Sugarloaf just opened 60 acres of Brackett Basin glades for the first time this season, this all natural tree skiing has been added to their terrain over the last two seasons. Ditto for Sunday River, the newly expanded Blind Ambition glades on Jordan are now open for skiing and riding. Saddleback in Maine is 100% open, having received 18 inches in the past five days.
In New Hampshire, Attitash, Wildcat and Bretton Woods are all wide open, having picked up almost a foot of fresh last weekend. Northern Vermont ski resorts got the lionís share, 2-4 feet in the past five days. Jay Peak, Stowe, Smugglers and Sugarbush are all 100% open including their glades.
Today is Leap Day, or what I like to call Bonus Day. Sunday River, Mount Snow and Ragged are offering $29 lift tickets so you want to skip work, go ski and save on the 366th day of the year.
There will be more ski deals in the coming weeks and into April, like $40 Fridays at Attitash and Wildcat all March and April.
NECN meteorologist Tim Kelley is calling for "plowable snow" for Leap Year Wednesday and a second round of snow Thursday. So March will indeed come in like a snowy Lion. We got dumped on last winter at this time, and while this yearís base depths are not quite where they were last season, it feels like the best is yet to come.
Photos of Sugarloaf and Stowe by Greg Burke