Spring in New England is like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates: “You never know what you are gonna get.”
You hope for sunshine, soft, corn snow and goggle tan lines, but then you get winter-like temperatures and snow (a foot forecasted in the mountains for April 1). You hope for reduced lodging rates and ticket prices, then you see $1 lift ticket on April 1 at Waterville Valley – no fooling.
You can ski Okemo on April Fool’s Day for $10 if you donate three non-perishable food items.
Wildcat and Attitash are offering $35 lift tickets April 1. Attitash will close April 3 (to the chagrin of locals), but newly-acquired sister resort Wildcat will stay open until April 17 with $35 midweek and $39 weekend tickets.
Burke Mountain honors a $35 ticket when you show your pass from any other ski mountain for the rest of their season (through April 10).
At Bretton Woods, you can put a little spring in your step and zip in your ski day with their Spring Zip & Ski ticket for $99. This Canopy Tour and Zip experience usually costs $110 – so this is a deal when you ski in the morning then zip away the afternoon.
Maine’s three big resorts are staying open, with festivities and fantastic ski and stay deals from $69 a day at Saddleback,Sugarloaf and Sunday River (starting April 3).
If you are hankering to hike legendary Tuckerman’s Ravine (a New England skier’s rite of passage) then check out Tucks’ “bunk and breakfast” special at the AMC Joe Dodge Lodge, located right at Tuckerman’s trailhead in Pinkham Notch. For $54 you get your bunk, an early breakfast, and a head start hiking up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to ski the snow bowl, the Gullies, or Hillman’s Highway – or just hang out at the social spectators Lunch Rocks.
Are we really going to get a foot of snow on April Fool’s Day? It?s a fool’s game to predict the snow totals this winter. Let’s downsize our expectations so as not to be disappointed with our box of chocolates. But I encourage school kids in northern New England to adhere to all snow day rituals, inside-out long underwear and so on.
Photo by Greg Burke. For more of Heather’s ski tips, go to www.familyskitrips.com