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VT in late March?

post #1 of 19
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Hey all, what are the chances of Vermont having snow still on March 26-30. I'm I just pipe dreaming?

I was thinking of going since my 12 old snowboarder is off from school then.

MT Snow was my first choice.


Thanks

Steve
post #2 of 19
I'm probably going to be going to okemo around then. I'm expecting relatively good coverage but with spring conditions (highs in the upper 30's-lower 40's). I remember one year when Southern Vermont had a weekend snow storm in April. Everyone had already packed up their snow gear and I had a mountain full of powder to myself. But I wouldn't plan on that happening every year.

Spring snow is still better than no snow.
post #3 of 19
I imagine all Vermont areas will still be operating in some capacity come late March. Mt. Snow is the southernmost ski area in the state; however, they also blow a ton of snow, so I imagine their base depths are pretty decent. I imagine the further north you get, the better conditions will be (or at least they'll have a better chance of having a sizeable amount of terrain open).

If possible, I'd wait on firmly deciding on a final destination until your trip is somewhat closer. Ski areas are deserted by then, so there shouldn't be a problem on finding deals.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by skidevil View Post
Hey all, what are the chances of Vermont having snow still on March 26-30. I'm I just pipe dreaming?

I was thinking of going since my 12 old snowboarder is off from school then.

MT Snow was my first choice.


Thanks

Steve
Mt Snow is my home mountain (or as my 11 yr old boarder refers to it, his crib")!....they've purchased about 100 new polecat snow guns and I can honestly say that the snow coverage here is better than anywhere else in VT, so my thought would be you should be fine.
post #5 of 19
Not sure how objective "the coverage at Mt Snow is better than anywhere in VT" that observation is.

As others have said, that is late season, so look for a deal. Might be worth it to hold off on making the reservation for a couple of weeks. The bigger mtns should have plenty of open terrain and very few customers at that point in the year - especially mid-week. You'll stop turning before the lifts do...
post #6 of 19
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Thanks!

All, thanks for all that information.

Steve
post #7 of 19
Closing for most Vermont areas is mid-April. You can expect most areas to be pretty much fully open in late March. Last season Killington got 10 feet of snow after March 1 - half of it after April 1! I had more powder days in April than in December and January combined last season!
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by JimH View Post
Closing for most Vermont areas is mid-April. You can expect most areas to be pretty much fully open in late March. Last season Killington got 10 feet of snow after March 1 - half of it after April 1! I had more powder days in April than in December and January combined last season!
What can a person expect at Killington the first week of April? We were going to go west but I really don't want to spend the money. But I would still like to get a ski vacation in and we can do Vermont quite a bit cheaper.

I'm guessing that crowds should be pretty non existent, especially mid-week? Is there enough terrain and variety at Killington to spend a week on?

Thanks!
post #9 of 19
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What can a person expect at Killington the first week of April? We were going to go west but I really don't want to spend the money. But I would still like to get a ski vacation in and we can do Vermont quite a bit cheaper.

I'm guessing that crowds should be pretty non existent, especially mid-week? Is there enough terrain and variety at Killington to spend a week on?

Thanks!
Again, early April conditions will depend largely on what sort of weather they get in March. Last season was an aberration -- New England got pounded with storm after storm and areas were closing while they were 100% open. That isn't exactly normal.

Note that Killington is under new management this season. They made some headlines early in the season by indicating that they were going to close some lodges / lifts mid-week. I believe Bear Mountain (home to a lot of fun terrain) is going to close immediately after the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge as well, which is sometime in early April.

Mid-week in April? You'll have the place to yourself. How much will be open depends on Mother Nature.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post
I can honestly say that the snow coverage here is better than anywhere else in VT, so my thought would be you should be fine.
Mt Snow doesn't even have best snow coverage in southern Vermont. The better coverage and better terrain is further north. Check out Sugarbush and Stowe in addition to Okemo and Mt Snow.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee View Post
Mt Snow doesn't even have best snow coverage in southern Vermont. The better coverage and better terrain is further north. Check out Sugarbush and Stowe in addition to Okemo and Mt Snow.
I'm talking about snowmaking capabilities vs what mother nature will or won't dish out in late March timeframe and considering the fact that Mt Snow has invested more than any mountain in the NE in their snowmaking guns, chances are that he'll have more fun in Mt Snow than elsewhere (besides the fact that this was his first choice). I've skied weekends at both Stowe and Mt Snow where there was little if any snow for days and the coverage at Mt Snow were much better than at Stowe. Also, for those of us who come in from NYC or NJ, Stowe is a bit of a haul.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post
I'm talking about snowmaking capabilities vs what mother nature will or won't dish out in late March timeframe and considering the fact that Mt Snow has invested more than any mountain in the NE in their snowmaking guns, chances are that he'll have more fun in Mt Snow than elsewhere (besides the fact that this was his first choice).
swisstrader - do you work for (or own) Mt Sneaux? Sure sounds like it
I think Stratton and Okemo are both generally held in higher regard for snow surfaces in southern VT than Mt Snow. YMMV, and maybe Mt Snow is making a move to that level. Good for them if they are.
post #13 of 19
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What can a person expect at Killington the first week of April? We were going to go west but I really don't want to spend the money. But I would still like to get a ski vacation in and we can do Vermont quite a bit cheaper.

I'm guessing that crowds should be pretty non existent, especially mid-week? Is there enough terrain and variety at Killington to spend a week on?

Thanks!
While late season last year was great at Killington, you can't count on that happening again this year. March is typically the heaviest snow month for Vermont, but April is iffy. If I were you, I would go west to Summit County Colorado or Utah. Your chances for great skiing in April are much better there.
post #14 of 19
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I think Stratton and Okemo are both generally held in higher regard for snow surfaces in southern VT than Mt Snow.
That has been my experience that Stratton and Okemo have better surface condition than Mt. Snow.

Now, that's not to say Mt Snow didn't have SNOW. Just that snow condition were not as good as the other two.

Some of us believe all that man-made snow is responsible for the less than great surface conditions.

So, more open runs in exchange for not as good surface condition?

Pick your poison.
post #15 of 19
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swisstrader - do you work for (or own) Mt Sneaux? Sure sounds like it
I think Stratton and Okemo are both generally held in higher regard for snow surfaces in southern VT than Mt Snow. YMMV, and maybe Mt Snow is making a move to that level. Good for them if they are.
Yes, I own the mountain!...any other questions??!!
post #16 of 19
Here's my $0.02 on skiing in Vermont in March/April:

It's hit-or-miss, almost completely dependent on weather trends and the season's snowmaking and grooming efforts. I've had awesome skiing over Easter at Okemo, Mt. Snow and Stratton. Last season's late bounty made for powder days at Okemo over said weekend, and there were no crowds to speak of.

This season, Peak Resorts has invested a lot of money into Mt. Snow's snowmaking system, and it's one of the best in the east these days. When I skied there over Thanksgiving this past November, they were able to lay down a thick, consistent coat of man-made snow with ease, quickly recovering from rains and thaw earlier in the week. It was impressive, a marked change from my previous experiences at Mt. Snow. During that time of year, the conditions at Snow were better than at Stratton or Okemo, due in large part to the new capital investments in state-of-the-art snowmaking.

And Stratton and Okemo also have great snowmaking capabilities. That, combined with this year's ample snowfall, should make any visit in March or April a fairly safe bet. You may see some scaling back of lift ops as seasonal employees are let go (that's POWDR's approach for Killington, as they try to bring the resort back into the black), but you'll also see some fine conditions and much less crowding than in peak season.

Full disclosure: I don't work for any of the aforementioned resorts - I'm just a happy customer.
post #17 of 19
I'm just going by the facts....nothing against Mt Snow

as of today, reported snow depths

Mt Snow 15-52
Stratton 45-61
Sugarbush 29-70
Stowe 34-74
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by JHrefugee View Post
I'm just going by the facts....nothing against Mt Snow

as of today, reported snow depths

Mt Snow 15-52
Stratton 45-61
Sugarbush 29-70
Stowe 34-74
Smuggs tends to be forgotten: 30-55 snow making; 20-30 natural
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by skidevil View Post
Hey all, what are the chances of Vermont having snow still on March 26-30. I'm I just pipe dreaming?
Best bet... Go North. Jay, Smuggs, Stowe, Sugarbush, etc. Pick one based on your interest.
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