Things are looking very white on the ski slopes throughout New England on this green-clad Irish holiday. Ski areas in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are experiencing mid-winter conditions and bountiful snow, having received over two feet of fresh snow in the last week. This week ushers in spring equinox but not spring skiing just yet.
With a very late Easter, April 20, ski resorts have the base depths to keep spinning their lifts well into next month, that is if the skiers and riders keep coming.
Already Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Loon are selling next year's New England Pass with a buy it now bonus that you can ski free for the rest of the season at these three ski resorts. The Loaf will keep skiing through Easter at least, when their East Coast Pond Skimming Championships are planned, the weekend following their big Reggae fest. Sunday River is committed to staying open until at least April 13, with their big spring Parrot Head Fest planned for April 4-6. Loon in New Hampshire will also keep skiing through April 13 with their annual SlushPool Party that weekend.
Last season, Killington was last to close on May 27, Memorial Day. Will the Beast of the East be last ski resort spinning again? You still have at least a month, maybe two, to ski in New England, and some of the best on snow parties, events and sunny spring conditions still to come. How lucky are we to have such a promising ski forecast on St Patty's Day?!
See you on the slopes.
Photos by Greg Burke of Sugarloaf and Killington