After epic snow, a prime weekend to ski, snowboard
After three nor’easters dumped several feet of snow on Northeast ski areas, this weekend is shaping up to be the best time to go skiing or snowboarding all season.
The epic snowfall - the heaviest in years - has created powder and packed powder conditions with nearly all trails and glades open.
In the East, it doesn’t get any better than this.
How much snow did Vermont areas get in the last week?
Here’s a tease: Jay Peak, five feet; Mount Snow, 58 inches; Killington, four feet; Stratton, 51 inches; and Bromley, 39 inches.
Connecticut, New York, New Hampshire and Maine areas were also blessed by the snow gods, getting between one and five feet of snow in the last week. In a two-week period, Wildcat in New Hampshire picked up more than 48 inches; a third of its seasonal snowfall total.
And, it’s still snowing.
“Another powder day is upon us,” Okemo posted Wednesday on its Facebook page. “We have received 9 to 10 inches of snow in the past 24 hours and it’s still snowing! We can’t make this up. Come enjoy it for yourself! We remain 100 percent open with 667 skiable acres.”
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Up to three feet of snow fell at Massachusetts ski areas, including places like Catamount and Butternut, a few miles over the Connecticut border.
Connecticut’s four areas were also dumped on by nor’easter. Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall got 33 inches in the last five days and Ski Sundown in New Hartford 20 inches. All will be in full operation this weekend with nearly all trails open.
Just over the N.Y. border from Danbury, Thunder Ridge picked up more than two feet in the last five days.
And, it gets better: Mostly sunny skies and seasonable temperatures are forecast for Saturday and Sunday through the Northeast.
Be sure to check out the Mountain Point Forecast for Vermont and New York.
Many areas will also be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Irish entertainment and shamrock scavenger hunts with the prize of a season pass for next year.
Before heading to a ski area, check out their web and social media sites for events and the best ticket deals.
If you want to save lots of money, buy your ticket online.
Mount Snow is selling $29 online tickets for skiing or snowboarding on Friday.
Closer to home at Catamount, you can get a $20 midweek ticket at Catamount or $25 at Butternut.
The best buys for Connecticut lift tickets are late afternoon and evening, made even better with longer natural light because of Daylight Saving Time.
The best deal - $27 - is at Mohawk that’s good for skiing/snowboarding from 4 to 10 p.m.
If you plan on being at Killington for at least three days, it’s wise to buy its Nor’beaster pass ($199, $219 after March 15) that’s good to the end of the season. The price of a one-day ticket is $115.
Okemo’s Spring Skiesta Card - good for skiing/snowboarding to the end of the season - can be bought online here for as low as $139.
Another bonus to heavy snow is extending ski areas’ season a few more weeks.
This weekend, all the stars are aligned.
There’s no reason to wait.
Go now, before it’s too late.