It makes me sad every ski season, skiers call it quits in April just as the sun comes out and the best skiing of the year is here. These are the same yahoos that line up in early November to ski a ribbon of manmade snow on one trail in low light and short days. Now we have the longest days of the season, sunshine and as much as 50% of the terrain open on a winter’s worth of snow at some of the top ski resorts in New England and the Best Ski Resorts Out West – the Kings of spring skiing .
Yes, you need to wear sunscreen and watch for bare spots and brown snow, aka: snirt which is snow + dirt. And yes, the perfect corn corduroy does get squishy in the afternoon, but the ski slopes still have legit base depths, and a fun spring fever attitude. You can rock your jeans and your retro ski attire – ridiculous spring fling outfits from the closet are perfectly appropriate now.
Sugarloaf will keep skiing into May. Sunday River re-opens April 25-26 weekend, and finishes the season on May 2 with their free SkiMaynia tradition. Wildcat, the only NH ski resort still open, skis through April 26, then plans to re-open May 2-3 weekend.
Get out and enjoy the spring skiing while it lasts. You will have plenty of time for biking and waterskiing later.
Grab your shades, a cooler for tailgating apres ski, SPF 30, and your Dad’s one-piece fart bag, or whatever screams out from the closet. The more outrageous the better. That lousy limited low-light November skiing is still six months away.
Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips