Spring is slowly working its way into northern New England, but the conditions still are perfect for skiing. Ask any avid skier, and they’ll tell you some of the best days on the slopes are in early spring, when the snow is packed, the sun is shining, and parkas can be traded for fleece.
Most resorts don’t close until well into April, which means you have some time to extend your season, regardless of how many ski excursions you were able to take over the winter. Be sure to check out the event calendars of various mountains for fun activities. We’ve listed a few of them here.
Bretton Woods is one of the state’s best family-friendly resorts, and the nearby Mount Washington Hotel offers some great ski and stay packages, which includes access to the apres-ski parties every Saturday. The 32nd annual Bretton Woods Beach Party is on March 30.
Gunstock’s BYODC Pond Skim is set for Saturday, April 6. Wondering what the letters in the name stand for? You’ve got to Bring Your Own Dry Clothes, because this annual competition will make a splash.
Waterville Valley holds a similar event on April 6. The Last Run Luau is a celebration of the season with friendly rivalries and live music. Don’t want to participate? Spectators, otherwise known as “Beach Bums,” are welcome to cheer on the pond skimmers.
There are some fantastic resorts to the west of us in Vermont, an easy drive from southern New Hampshire for a spring skiing weekend away. There’s plenty to look forward to at Smugglers’ Notch in March and April. Or how about a spring triathlon that includes skiing instead of swimming? Sign up for just that at Killington. There’s also a May Day slalom race there. Okemo Mountain Resort is hosting a beer festival this month.
Over in Maine, Sunday River brings the beach to the slopes on Spring Fest Weekend. Not to be outdone, Sugarloaf’s 2019 Reggae Fest marks the 31st year of what claims to be the biggest spring ski area event in New England.
Don’t miss out on the best winter’s favorite pastime has to offer when the temps warm up. Keep your eyes open for late season lift ticket deals from any and all of your favorite mountains to get the most value. And don’t forget the sunscreen!