Long winter, plenty of snow mean good spring ski season
The calendar says it’s spring and the temperature is predicted to be on the rise.
Family fun races, music, snow golf tournaments and terrain park competitions are some of the spring events to enjoy.
Most of New Hampshire’s mountains and cross-country ski areas are still 100 percent open due to extensive early season snowmaking and plenty of natural snow.
Loon Mountain reported 158 inches so far but has its fingers crossed for more.
Mount Sunapee is 100 percent open according to Bruce McCloy, director of marketing and sales, who said, “A lot of skiers and riders will tell you how great last March was. This March is even better as we have more trails open than last March. We are going to run out of skiers and riders long before we run out of snow this winter.”
“This has been a very good season for us. Cold weather early in the year allowed us to open on Nov. 8, which is the earliest we’ve ever opened the mountain top to bottom. With the exception of a brief thaw in January, consistently cold weather and generous snowfall delivered a classic New England winter. With no big warm-ups in sight, we expect to be skiing well into mid-April,” said Loon Mountain media director Greg Kwasnik.
There are some creative new promotions offered right now. For example, Attitash and Wildcat’s “Twenty-Something” pass with no college requirement for ages 19-29 at $399. “This new, lower-priced pass will keep skiing and riding an affordable activity for an age demographic that can be financially challenged. They are finishing school, finding themselves taking on new financial responsibilities, establishing early careers, often with entry-level wages or salaries, and generally living and moving further away from the support of parents,” said Attitash and Wildcat Mountain President John Lowell.
Discounted lift tickets and fun promotions are common as the season winds down and there are some substantial deals on New Hampshire’s mountains. Check www.skinh.com or the individual resorts for daily specials and for a list of spring events.
March 30: Mount Sunapee “Cares & Shares” Day, bring 5 non-perishables for a $35 ticket.
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