Bolstered by warmer weather and sunny skies, spring is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for skiers, many of whom wear silly costumes or light clothing. There’s plenty of fun both on and off the slopes. And just because there may not be snow in your backyard doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of the white stuff on the mountain. These eastern ski resorts are well prepared for fabulous spring skiing.
Camelback Resortin the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania plans to stay open through March if Mother Nature cooperates. The mountain is in great shape as it received two sizable snowfalls over the past two weeks. A Pond Skimming event is planned for March 19. Atypical spring skiing day at Camelback means the sun is out with temps in the mid-40’s during the day. Snow is soft under the ski or board but firm enough to hold an edge. It’s a great time to learn to ski or board or just enjoy the mountain, as it’s less crowded than January and February.
Blue Mountain, Palmerton, Pennsylvania, expects to stay open until the end of March or early April, with the annual Pond Skim scheduled for the last day of the season, and music is planned through the rest of the season at Last Run Lounge in the Summit and Trails End Bar in the Valley. Skiers and riders can enjoy the mountain with fewer layers thanks to mild temperatures. With a softer base, the snow can be more forgiving for beginners looking to sharpen their skills or never-evers learning the sport. The après ski atmosphere is in full bloom in spring. Guests can soak up the sun in the resort’s outdoor courtyard areas while enjoying food and their favorite beverages.
At Sunday River, Maine, spring events include Shipyard Après Relay on March 19, Women’s Weekend March 25-27, Craft Beer Weekend also March 25-27, Springfest April 1,2,3 and “Pond-a-Palooza” April 9. Some spring concerts are planned, and the Great Tailgate party will be held on April 16. A true spring day is all about corn snow, which is common in the spring because of the freezing and thawing patterns. It’s not too wet or slushy, and it’s very forgiving and playful. The best time to hit the trails in the spring is a little after opening, once the sun has been able to warm up the snow a little. You’ll see a lot of people skiing in tee-shirts if the sun is out, while some even go a bit farther with wacky hats on their helmets, tutus and shorts instead of snow pants and lots of Hawaiian shirts. March and April are prime patio season for apres, so expect to see a lot of people enjoying a post-ski drink on the Foggy Goggle deck or on the patio at Barker Bar.
Windham Mountain in upstate New York estimates a closing date of April 3. The following events will round out the winter season: Windham Wilderness Uphill Skiing Race on March 19; Terrain park competition March 20; Pond Skimming Spring Event March 26. A typical spring skiing day at Windham Mountain includes fun, great snow conditions thanks to all of the hard work from the snowmaking team throughout the season in establishing a good base. With sunny, bluebird days ahead, skiers and riders are able to enjoy the varied terrain the mountain has to offer while also catching some rays on the base patio après ski scene. The European-inspired Umbrella Bar is the perfect place to grab a beverage and catch up with friends.
Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont, hopes to remain open until April 10. Spring skiing events include a Pond Skimming event presented by Zero Gravity Brewing on April 2 during which over 100 costumed entrees find a way to skim over 100 yards of “cool” water to win prizes. It’s fun, music and festivities for the whole family. The ultimate tailgate party is also scheduled that day which includes skiers and riders packing up their grills for a day of parking lot chillin and grillin with some big prizes for the categories of best presentation, recipes and most original tailgate display. With the warm sun and smells of great food on the BBQ, this is always a local favorite for Smuggs to host.
With an estimated closing date of April 18, subject to weather, conditions and demand, guests of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, can enjoy the simple pleasure of kicking back on the decks of Rosebrook Lodge and Slope-side Pub to even up their “goggle tans” and enjoy the views with a frosty beverage. Longer days, warmer temperatures and softer snow create some of the best skiing and riding of the year. Historically the resort sees an abundance of snowfall in March with a five-year average of 33 inches, allowing them to stay open into mid-April, traditionally aiming for Patriots’ Day. Spring skiing guests can pamper themselves by staying at Omni Mount Washington Resort, a historic and beloved New England resort built in 1902.