According to Liftopia, an online lift ticket discount site, this first week in March is "National Play Hooky and Ski Week." While I do not believe they have the authority to write your boss a note, I think they are on to something. This week’s forecast is dialed for downhillers. It is going to be a sunny week, following last week's snow accumulation in the northern mountains of a foot of fresh snow.
Recent weekends have not been entirely kind to skiers or ski operators, hit with high winds and mixed precipitation, but midweek skiers have had snow storms and sunshine to choose from. So you should select your work/school skipping days with an eye to the forecast, for the remainder of the season. Tuesday through Thursday of this week, for example, look like glorious spring skiing as temperatures warm up and snow conditions are sure to soften up.
This has been a tough season for New England ski resorts, but there is still great white hope in the mountains, in the form of good snow coverage. Take a look at ski conditions, paying particularly attention to percentage of terrain open and base depths around Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. It looks like March and April will be peppered with ski lift ticket promos too, especially midweek deals as ski resorts try to retain you. Sugarbush's Mt. Ellen is having a White Sale with $30 lift tickets now through the end of the season - for Mt Ellen skiing only - not Lincoln Peak. Friday prior to St Patty’s Day, March 16, you can ski Mt Ellen for just $17.
Wildcat and Attitash are both 100% open, and they are offering $40 Friday ski tickets for the rest of the season. Saddleback in Maine is 100% open, and you can bring a friend for $10 Wednesdays when you purchase a $49 day ticket.
So pick your day, pack the sunscreen, and sneak out for a ski day during supposed National Play Hooky and Ski Week. Works for me.
Sugarbush Photo by Greg Burke
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.familysktitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.