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Vermont Skiing in late March?

post #1 of 17
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We will be heading out East to look at colleges over spring break and will be traveling the corridor between Burlington VT and Albany NY over the weekend. We are from Oregon. My son prefers off piste soft snow, but I'm thinking there won't be much of that to look for that late in the season. So, given what the snow is typically like that late, of Sugarbush, MRG, Killington, Okemo, Stratton and Snow, what do you prefer and why? 

 

Our home mountain, Mt. Ashland, is very much like MRG both in its polish (lack there of) and its terrain. I'm thinking something opposite, like ski-in-ski-out at Okemo and GS race skis might be the ticket.

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks!

 

M

post #2 of 17

East in March is really variable.  It's almost always softer and used...but it might be really soft and it might be frozen/re-frozen.  I'd highly advise following a couple of resorts and picking skis/equipment then. 

 

Okemo will have snow...but they groom 90%. If that is what you decide to go for, there's not many places as well suited, except maybe Stratton.  Myself, I prefer Mt. Snow to Okemo; it has the North Face which is steeper and just seems slightly less manicured.  But it's possible that with a good winter, you could ski some off-piste at Killington, Stowe, Sugarbush.  

 

Most all of the resorts not only have daily written snow reports but also webcams, so you can check the conditions right before you go.

post #3 of 17

Sugarbush and MRG have the more challenging skiing of those mentioned. Sugarbush makes tons of snow,MRG makes none really. If we have spring conditions that time of year(you never know)  Sugarbush will have the best skiing. We have lots of tree skiing if the conditions are right. Global warming has caused the seaon to start later and end earlier.Sad but true.Okemo and Stratton and Killington are south of here and thus subject to perhaps even shorter seasons.

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone! I was thinking about booking accommodations now, but it sounds like there's no urgency and that waiting might result in both better snow and a better deal. Also, thinking Stowe might be an option.

 

M

post #5 of 17

No rush to book because nothing will be full.  Northern VT typically gets more snow  than the southern half of the state.  I have seen winters where everything was fully open throughout all of VT, NH, ME and we were skiing off piste into April; and then there was last winter where we were picking paths down MRG on their last day or so of operation for the season in mid March.

post #6 of 17
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Northern VT typically gets more snow  than the southern half of the state.

Correct.  Your son's chances of getting some interesting off-piste will be best at Stowe, Smuggs, Jay.  Somewhat less likely but far from impossible at Sugarbush, MRG and Killington.  You also should check to see if the Whiteface Slides are open when you're in the area.

 

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it sounds like there's no urgency and that waiting might result in both better snow and a better deal.

Absolutely. Wait until the very last minute to decide where to ski. Conditions in the East can change dramatically overnight, for better or for worse.

post #7 of 17

Stowe and Sugarbush are conveniently about 45-60 minutes east of Burlington and vie for top spring skiing honors in that part of New England.  As others have said, conditions can be quite variable at that time.  Some years the off-piste snow can be great in the glades at both mtns at that time, some years not, and in fact thining on-piste.  Since MRG doesn't have the deep manmade base it could be more questionable.  Agree that in northern NY your best bet will be Whiteface, and perhaps Gore if still open, but not likely better conditions than Sugarbush and Stowe.

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 

He's got a race the day after we get back, so groomers won't kill him either. It's all skiing. ;-)

 

I'll drop into a holding pattern and see how things go.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

M

post #9 of 17

May I suggest focus on the colleges not the skiing.  That said, Middlebury and Dartmouth have their own hills.

post #10 of 17
Thread Starter 
We are. Middlebury doesn't offer engineering, but he'll be visiting Dartmouth. The questions about where to ski while we are there are based solely on where we will be geographically over the weekend when school tours aren't offered.

M
post #11 of 17

I assume you'll be visiting Rensellear (sp?) in Albany.  The farther north you are, the better the chance of decent conditions. All bets are off if you are unlucky enough to be there during a cold snap after a spell of warm weather..although that will help hone your son's ice skiing capabilities LOL.

 

I have been at Sugarbush on Easter weekend with 15" over 2 days.  That was on the mountain, by the time you got down to Rt. 100 there was bare roads and sunshine.  So yeah, it can be variable...even 5 miles away!

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Yep RPI is on the list although down the line a bit as he wants Engineering but with liberal arts options like Philosophy and Psychology. Should be a fun trip. Thanks.

M
post #13 of 17

RPI is an awful serious place, well located for skiing, but not a lot of time to ski.  But if you're heading that way, might as well hit Gore, its the best place around for sure.

post #14 of 17
RPI also in a bit of a tough hood!
post #15 of 17
Late March in the East people just don't ski so it won't be crowded. It's possible if the winter is snowy in NYC and less so, Boston that people will realize there is still skiing to be had. Usually though people move on to spring sports for their kids.
Stowe has some serious racing going on and groomers galore plus everything else. Slope side? Eh I guess it's just the hotel which is $$.

If Stowe wants a lot at that time and you can get a deal elsewhere tell em to stuff it. If you can check out Jay. Otherwise I agree with Whiteface and Gore. Good trees and steeps at Gore plus there's racing there too.
I have no idea why you'd consider Okemo frankly.
You do have the Dartmouth skiway and Middlebury but with little time and what you want I'd skip them.
post #16 of 17

I know it isn't Vermont but Mount Tremblant is only about 3.5 hours from albany and the snow stays in better shape later into March. The average high is only 34 at the end of the month.

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We will be heading out East to look at colleges over spring break and will be traveling the corridor between Burlington VT and Albany NY over the weekend. We are from Oregon. My son prefers off piste soft snow, but I'm thinking there won't be much of that to look for that late in the season. So, given what the snow is typically like that late, of Sugarbush, MRG, Killington, Okemo, Stratton and Snow, what do you prefer and why? 

 

Our home mountain, Mt. Ashland, is very much like MRG both in its polish (lack there of) and its terrain. I'm thinking something opposite, like ski-in-ski-out at Okemo and GS race skis might be the ticket.

 

Thoughts?

 

Thanks!

 

M

 

 

if we have snow in late march the chance of it being soft is pretty good. 

 

april 15th 2013

 

 

last march 2013

 

 

april 6th 2012
 

 

 

I can go though all the pictures as well, but honestly late march early april has been the best skiing of the year 4 out of the 5 years I have been here. 

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