East Coast skiers know the best skiing is typically in spring. Put away the
facemasks and hand warmers for much welcome warmer sunnier ski days. The hard
snow softens, those man made base depths turn to cream corn by mid morning and
the BBQ fires up mid afternoon for sun and fun by the slopes. Spring is also a
time for pond skimming, zany costumes and competitions on the ski slopes, even
tailgating in muddy parking lots. No one said Eastern skiers were sane? But we
certainly are hard core! These Eastern spring ski rites of passage and grand
season finales are full of fun and games, music and grills.
Cannon Mountain Bodefest on March 25with Bode Miller himself- say no more... I
think he still “hates the media” so don’t bring the news crew
to Cannon in New Hampshire.
Killington Bear Mountain Challenge N'orBeast is April 8 – Bump skiers go all out
on Outer Limits moguls. Cheers and beers (sponsor Dos Equis) flow at the base of
this spring ski party at Killington - the Beast of the East in Spring.
Sugarloaf Reggaefest - now in year 29 April 6-9 is like Jamaica comes to the
mountains of Maine. Top reggae bands set up on the Sugarloaf beach by day, and
in the base lodge by night for some rocking island music. Wear your tie-dye and
tie on a good time. Ironically few reggae fest attendees ski, and this is a
great weekend for spring ski conditions at The Loaf-
King of Spring, especially when the
snowfields are open.
Sunday River's Spring Festival April 1-2 was once called Parrot Head, so expect
Jimmy Buffet music, margaritas flowing, tropical outfits and general island
times outside the White Cap Base at Sunday
Loon Mountain has 80's Day April 1- no foolin! Dress in your best (or worst) 1980’s
outfit and get out on Loon’s soft slopes. Be totally rad for this fun weekend at
North Peak, South Peak and Paul Bunyan’s for après ski at the base of
Wildcat has their Annual Cat Scratch Fever event April 7-8 as skiers compete to
be the Cat’s Meow before the judges. If you’ve seen Wildcat’s Kitty Litter Box
Derby in February, don’t miss this wild spring event at the Cat with live après
ski entertainment in the slope-view Wildcat Pub.
Sugarbush Gelandesprung & Mt. Ellen End of Season Celebration is April 1, this
traditional ski jump event is a classic – to watch- even wilder to get sprung
Sugarbush's Pond Skimming at Lincoln Peak April 8 is also a big splash, followed
by the legendary Steins' Challenge on April 22 which is spring mogul mania -
bring Z rubber knees to Sugarbush.
Okemo's Slush Cup and Splash for Cash April 8 is a wet and wild good time with a
pretty good pay day for the winner.
Loon Mountain's Slushpool Party and Wet Tug-O-War is April 8. Watch as
contestants get seriously wet.
Okemo's 80 Retro Jam goes off April 15 - rock your most rad 80s attire –
totally awesome dude as Okemo wraps their season!
Jay Peak has Pond Skimming and their Annual Tailgate Party April 15, so bring
your bikini and your bbq to Jay Peak.
Easter Sunday at East Coast ski resorts brings sunrise services at Sugarloaf,
Sunday River, Killington, Stowe and Jay Peak….. Followed by Easter Egg Hunts on
the ski slopes for kids, and costume parades and visit by the Easter Bunny. Look
for a few snow bunnies on the beginner slopes too! Easter weekend is the season
finale Sunday for most New England ski resorts.