GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 29, 2013

Outdoors: Still great ski deals to be had during spring

Outdoors
Dave Sartwell

---- — This is the best late winter skiing we have had in years. The latest drop has provided most mountains in northern New England with a wonderful skiing surface. As warmer temperatures move in, many skiers and riders thoughts wander to other summer activities and hobbies. Because of this, most areas offer discounts on their lift tickets to entice guests to keep hitting the slopes. Many ski areas simply discount their everyday lift ticket prices, while others create interesting and fun promotions.

Many areas offer 2-for-1 lift ticket days or specify certain days of the week when discounts apply; you can find discount every midweek day this time of year. Some areas also have special events that include lift tickets as inexpensive as $1!

For a complete listing of these deals across New Hampshire, visit the “Daily Ticket Deals” page at SkiNH.com. In Vermont, try the skivermont.com website. Here there are a plethora of deals to peruse.

Sugarloaf:

They have had almost 20 inches of new snow in the last week. The mountain groomers have taken this and created a surface that is almost as soft as the day the new snow fell. The cold nights are doing wonders to keep the surface from melting and freezing. They have 146 trails and nine lifts running.

This weekend is promising to be quite the good time at Sugarloaf. Nicki Bluhm & The Gamblers will round off our Bud Light series and deliver a night of vintage-tinged country soul-rock. They are also celebrating Easter Sunday with Services in the King Pine room and On-Hill, Easter Parade, Scavenger Hunt, Paper Egg Coloring, and much more. On 4/16 the East Coast Pond Skimming Championship will be held at noon. But the big spring event is the next weekend. The 25th Annual Reggae Festival will fill the air from 4/11-4/14. That is always a blast.

Spring Packs are on sale now. Purchase online, in-person at a Guest Services or by calling 1-800-THE-LOAF. Each Spring Pack includes three tickets available for use any day from Friday, March 15 until the end of the season.

2013-2014 New England Passes are on sale now with access to Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Loon Mountain all winter. New purchasers who choose to pay for a season pass in full, can ski for the remainder of theseason beginning Monday, March 18, 2013. What a deal!

Attitash Mountain:

Up at Attitash spring skiing is in full swing. They have really great corn going on. Day temps in the 40’s makes for some sweet non-jacket runs. When you think that last year tthe whole mountain was closed due to lack of snow, this late spring skiing is a bonus!.

The big event this Saturday is the Grand stand Mogul Jam. Also there will be music by the Motor Bootie Affair at their disco event. They are also offering discounted lift tickets and great savings on season passes for next year for both Attitash and Wildcat. Go online and check them out at attitash.com.

Sugarbush:

Join fellow skiers for a moonlit skin or snowshoe up Mount Ellen to the Glen House for dinner and beverages, followed by an exciting ski or ride back to the base. Meet at 4:30-5pm, Mount Ellen base lodge. Sponsored by Harpoon. All participants entered to win prizes from Harpoon, including a skis or a snowboard! $75 includes guide and dinner. To register call: 802-583-6349.

That same day is the oldest continually running pond skimming event in the country! Dive right into spring in your craziest costume! Registration from 9AM-11AM in the Gate House Cafeteria. Limited to the first 100 competitors!! Admission is $20 for participants.

Mt. Snow:

Have you wanted to try out that sick new trick but just been too hesitant to try it on snow? Then the airbag is for you. Designed to give you a soft landing no matter what, the airbag is a great way for park riders to step their game up a notch by giving you the ability to push yourself with the forgiveness to screw up the landing!

On April 5-7 they have a deal. Pricing (must be used on the same day of purchase): $15 - 3 jumps, $20 - 5 jumps and $30 - unlimited jumps for the dayHelmets and a valid lift ticket are required. Everyone is required to sign a waiver. If you are under the age of 18, you MUST have a parent/guardian sign your waiver.

Killington:

Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge. On April 6/7 The Bud Light BMMC is back! The competition heats up on Saturday as 200 amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle it out for top honors. The top 32 men and 16 women will return to compete in a head-to-head competition on Sunday. Participants run a dual course with sudden death format; only the winners advance.

Okemo:

Okemo Mountain management has alway worked har to help those less fortunate in their area On 3/30 they will sponsor the Okemo Cares & Shares Spring Food Drive When skiers and snowboarders donate at least five non-perishable food items (or 100 packs of ramen), a new child’s toy or new clothing item, they receive a coupon for a $39 lift ticket good that day.

They also have one of the best spring celebrations in Vermont when they have the Slush Cup & Tug of War on 4/7.

The object is to ski or snowboard down a trail and skim across an 80-foot long, man-made slush pond without falling in! This event is open to everyone, participants must be at least 4 feet tall and 7 or older. Registration will take place from 8-10 a.m. outside the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore on April 7. The Slush Cup starts at 11 a.m. Get ready! The fun doesn’t end once the pond has been skimmed! In its 2nd annual Killarney Tug of War! Get together your team of 8, minimum of 1 female per team, and tug another team into the slush pond! The winning team receives $250 from The Killarney Irish Pub! Registration for the Tug of War is free, this event will take place immediately following the Slush Cup.

Pick your day, buy plenty of sun screen, call in sick, and head to the mountains! Who knows when the sun gods will bring us spring conditions like this again.