My mom let me skip school, not when I was sick, but when the skiing was too good to miss. I love her for that. My teachers probably didn't like that I came to school with the flu or a head cold, yet I had an unexplained but excused absence for powder flu or cold smoke days. I can still hear my mom saying, "skiing is educational, and it certainly does more for you than any gym class!" Don't ever dispute your mom's wisdom, right?!
Well, the folks at Liftopia are bringing skipping to a national level, and while they won't draft a note to your boss or your principal, they are promoting the 2nd annual Play Hooky & Ski Week March 4-8. It's a "selfie" to sell Liftopia discounted lift tickets, btw. But you get the savings, and the skiing. To tempt you out of the office, or the classroom, their pre-purchase lift ticket prices are pretty sweet next week, Bolton Valley for $19 bucks, Mount Snow for $37, Waterville Valley at $35 to name a few. You have to buy your Liftopia ticket deal in advance for a specific ski date, and plan your exit strategy and excuse while you are at it. You are on your own there, I am not going to be your alpine accomplice (root canal, continuing ed seminar, DMV license renewal, you get the drift).
Look at how low these lift ticket prices go next week March 4-8: Suicide Six $7, Bolton Valley $19, Ragged Mountain $21.99, Mt. Abram $17, Mount Snow $37.50, Ski Ward $14, Jiminy Peak $35, Burke Mountain $36.99, Waterville Valley $34.99, Stratton Mountain $45, Smugglers' Notch $38.99, Mad River Glen $29, Attitash & Wildcat $40, Killington $56.99, Magic Mountain $25.99, Saddleback $33, Sunday River $59, Okemo $55, Sugarbush $59, Cranmore $41.30, Mount Sunapee $49, Black $24.50. Rates vary by the day, and the number of discount tickets is limited, and often sell out.
May I just add that mid week skiing is the bomb right now. If you are usually a weekend warrior - you owe yourself the treat of playing hooky for a non holiday, non-Saturday or Sunday ski day. If your kids' grades are good, they will be forever grateful for that bonus ski day. Picture yourself on a wide open ski trail, no lift lines, no crunch for a lunch table, just freshies and first tracks.
Sugarloaf and Stratton midweek skiing photos 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.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.