With a northern Maine location, this resort keeps cranking through April into
May with festivities including Reggae Fest - one of the biggest
spring ski parties in New England.
Sugarloaf is dubbed King
of Spring, late season skiing includes sweet corn on the
high elevation snowfields and the best spring ski
Pond Skimming and Easter Sunrise Service – Sugarloaf is great often until early May.
Killington Killington is back to their Beast of the East slogan. For
decades, the Big K was first to open, last to close in New England, then Sunday River
gave them a spring run off, now Kmart is beastly once again - skiing
into May on the Superstar Quad. Killington has high elevation on the peak at
4,241' and hosts last season classics like The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge on
soft spring bumps of Outer Limits, and big parties like
Sunshine Daydream Fest (Grateful Dead and great skiing too) every spring.
Killington's Umbrellas Bars are a great place to enjoy après ski outdoors - very European
style. The past four seasons Killington has been first to open and last to close
in the East in late May!
While Sunday River lacks high elevation
(3,140'), but they make tons of snow that lasts into
May on really big seasons, and the Maine resort often stays open for free skiing
on their last day in May, called Ski Maynia.
The Dumont Cup,
The Ski A Thon, Pond
Skimming Pond-A-Palooza and Parrothead are great
spring skiing traditions at Sunday River.
Wildcat Wildcat has high elevation at 4,062', served by a
base to summit high speed quad, perfect for making
spring ski laps in April. As you ride the swift 2,000' vertical Wildcat Express,
turn around for awesome views of Mount Washington and folks climbing or their
Tuckerman's Ravine. Wildcat
is a most scenic spring ski destination, with plenty of lodging nearby in
Jackson, and North Conway.
Stowe Stowe has skiing on Vermont’s highest peak Mt. Mansfield
4,395', so it stays open later
than most. Stowe's Spring Summit Series, Sugar Slalom and Stowe Derby are spring traditions that
make April skiing all about sun and fun and healthy competition. Stowe is generally open with great skiing until
mid April on its northern exposure ski trails, not sunnier Spruce Peak where
the beautiful Stowe Mountain Lodge is
Saddleback in Maine is high elevation, and has
ramped up snowmaking in recent years to assure deep base depths and less thawing,
with excellent snowy conditions from December thru April. Only issue at Saddleback
in remote Rangeley is lack of skier as the season goes late - so go!
Jay Peak Jay Peak is a northern Vermont ski area that continuously captures a bit more
snow than the others - call it the Jay Cloud
effect. With 300 inches of snow annually Jay Peak is able to stay open through
April and even May in 2013 and 2014 with popular parking lot tailgate parties, but even better is the new on
mountain lodging - Hotel Jay and The Tram Haus. There is also an indoor water
park, The Pump House- for a refreshing spring après ski swim.
Cannon and Loon in New
Hampshire both keep their lift spinning till at least mid April when snow and
temperatures allow - that's why they call them the White Mountains, right?! Loon
makes a ton of snow, while Cannon is blessed with a northern high elevation
(4,186') location in Franconia Notch.
Tuckerman’s deserves mention – though you have to hike (no luxury lifts or
lodging here) the flanks of the highest mountain on the Northeastern Seaboard, 6,288'
Mount Washington, for
this au natural spring ski terrain. Just remember that
Tuckerman's Ravine is backcountry, climb to ski terrain, pack in pack out,
no grooming or services, be in shape, take precautions, enjoy skiing the way
nature intended it.
Sugarbush in Vermont's Mad River Valley will keep skiing late in a good
snow year if cold temperatures prevail to preserve the snow, and the crowds keep
Late Season Operations Note: Many of these New England ski resorts have full
facilities and winter operations (most lifts running, base lodges open) until mid April,
then they will stay open several weeks, or weekends only, with limited
lifts (maybe one summit lift) and limited base lodge operations.