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Best option for late march / early april on the East?

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I have an upcommimg trip to Boston the last week of march ( 3/27 - 4/5 ) and would love to get 3/4 days of skiing. Where could i get the best snow for those dates on the east??
I'll be travelling with my husband, no kids, and we are not proffessional skiers. So mostly blue, few black trails would be fine.
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Wait until you get here if you can. You will be outside of the usual best skiing windows, but may have options. If there is snow you can chance, do so. You have a car, so make the call last minute.

 

Last year several places offered deals for late season passes in the $100 range. The skiing crowds will by dwindling by then, so you can probably wait until the last minute for hotels or package offers for the best deals, without much issue.

 

Generally speaking the further north into VT and NH you go the better things will be. Killington, Stowe, and Jay Peak all have good reputations with having lots of trails open into early April.

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Killington is known for a long season (snowmaking) and is a safe bet.  Terrain gets much better farther north, IMO.  Since it's just the two of you, really not worth deciding until a couple of days prior.  You're not going to have trouble with lodging at that time.

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I have an upcommimg trip to Boston the last week of march ( 3/27 - 4/5 ) and would love to get 3/4 days of skiing. Where could i get the best snow for those dates on the east??
I'll be travelling with my husband, no kids, and we are not proffessional skiers. So mostly blue, few black trails would be fine.

Welcome to EpicSki!  From Boston, you could also consider driving north into Maine.  Sunday River is a nice resort with good blue terrain.  Where do you usually ski?

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The Maine suggestion is a good one. We have enjoyed a remarkable snow year so far. Even as I write this it is snowing, not so much again, as still. 

Sunday River is the closest "major" Maine hill to Boston. Further away is my home hill, Sugarloaf, which has a snowfield experience that can not be matched by SR, which also gets a lot of out of state traffic.

But may I suggest that you look into Saddleback. It is an old fashioned Maine ski hill with modern amenities and a splendid selection of intermediate trails and glades that are great terrain. Easy-going vibe as well. I just love that hill and would probably make it my home hill if not for the fact that it is a longer drive for me. Cheaper too.

Happy trails

D1

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The Maine suggestion is a good one. We have enjoyed a remarkable snow year so far. Even as I write this it is snowing, not so much again, as still. 

Sunday River is the closest "major" Maine hill to Boston. Further away is my home hill, Sugarloaf, which has a snowfield experience that can not be matched by SR, which also gets a lot of out of state traffic.

But may I suggest that you look into Saddleback. It is an old fashioned Maine ski hill with modern amenities and a splendid selection of intermediate trails and glades that are great terrain. Easy-going vibe as well. I just love that hill and would probably make it my home hill if not for the fact that it is a longer drive for me. Cheaper too.

Happy trails

D1

 

+1  :) 

 

It is true that ski conditions in New England is never a sure thing. And it's also true that late March / early April can SOMETIMES get you into a rainy / melty period where the skiing is just not worth pursuing. 

 

But on balance, if you are headed to any of the places mentioned already, you are actually picking a pretty GOOD time to go in my experience. If I had to pick between April 1 and Christmas day, for example, I'd pick April 1 every time. Better light, better natural snowpack, better temperatures. And more.

 

The higher up and closer you get to Canada the better off you are going to be: Jay, Stowe, Smuggs, Wildcat, Saddleback, Sugarloaf - all good bets.

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