Why is it that parents only take their kids skiing in snow-deprived December or jaw-clenching cold January? Families pay big dough for Christmas vacation, when snow can be thin and crowds thick. But come spring, when the best conditions often prevail, a ski trip is the last thing on a family’s calendar.
When you are thinking spring, don’t think theme parks down south – think terrain parks and trips north.
Killington keeps its events and lifts cranking into May. The Sunshine Daydream Festival on April 17 is fun for grownup hippies and offspring alike. Picture granola, tie-dye, good tunes, and turns.
Wildcat is a late-season great in the
Sunday River stockpiles snow all winter (remember they opened Oct. 14), and the lifts often keep spinning through April vacation week. The resort has plenty of beds and late season deals for families, whether you want condominium convenience or hotel lodging. Parrot Head is later this year, April 10-11, always a fun fiesta with pond skimming and silly outfits.
Jay rhymes with May. Thanks to their Northern Vermont locale and lake effect snow clouds,
Mickey and Grammy in the sunshine state can wait. Book a late-season ski-and-stay package at a ski resort with elevation and a strong snowmaking reputation. Just keep in mind, its intermediate and advanced skiing on the upper mountain terrain as the season goes really late, as snow coverage on the lower mountain evaporates. Pack the sunscreen and the camera to take lots of photos of your kids skiing and snowboarding on the sunny slopes.
You and the family will feel like king of the hill, not just another mouse in the amusement park.
Heather Burke is our family ski guru. Photos by Greg Burke. For more of Heather’s family ski tips and stories, go to www.familyskitrips.com