If you were prepping your taxes or raking your yard last weekend, you missed some of the best skiing all year. Sunshine, soft snow, spring parties and pond skimming, and then it snowed on Sunday in the higher elevation mountains. So have no fear, there is still more New England skiing on tap. 12 ski resorts are still spinning in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Last year on Tax Day there were only 9 ski resorts remaining in the game.
Easter Sunday will be the grand finale for most, although given the quaintly of snow, a few ski areas have pledged to keep going beyond Patriots Day Monday April 21.
In Maine, Sugarloaf, Sunday River and Saddleback are all open and planning fun events for Easter Sunday. Sugarloaf has East Coast Pond Skimming next Saturday, and $59 lift ticket for the remainder of the season. Sunday River will have free skiing Patriots Day Monday April 21 as their season finale.
In New Hampshire, Bretton Woods is closed midweek, but will reopen for April 19-21 with special Patriots Day ticket prices of $17.76 on Monday April 21 including a bonus voucher for early season next winter. Cannon and Loon are both 61% open this week through Easter weekend. Wildcat vows to keep going, but will close Tuesday April 15 given the forecast, reopening Wednesday with $40 midweek tickets.
In Vermont, Jay Peak, Smugglers Notch, Sugarbush, Stowe and Killington are still skiing on more than 50% of their terrain. Stowe will host its 60th Easter Sunrise Service, and lift tickets through April 20 are just $49 - a steal for Stowe. Killington is on ski day 174, and plans to keep going as late as snow allows, with Nor'Beaster Pond Skimming this Saturday and Easter services Sunday.
Be sure you know before you go, as conditions and operating hours change unexpectedly in spring. These are the bonus days of winter, especially when the snow softens to creamy corn and you shed layers and feel the sun shine in. Watch the forecast, as the right temperatures and clear skies make or break a spring ski day. See you on the slopes. Photos by Greg Burke, Sugarloaf & Killington 2014