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Heading for the final stretch

Posted Friday, April 3, 2009
— Spring skiing, Stowe, Bolton Valley, Jay Peak, Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow, Smugglers' Notch, Ascutney, Alpine / downhill skiing, Backcountry skiing

Late spring backcountry skiing at Bolton Valley, Vermont.

Believe it or not, many Vermont resorts picked up a few inches of snow early this week. I skied in it a bit late Thursday afternoon in the Bolton Valley backcountry trails.

With the warm temperatures and sunshine we have been having it was like skiing through sticky mashed potatoes. But there continues to be a lot of snow in the woods at this higher elevation and we had fun making the most of it. Although, we had to cross a stream to finish our descent on Gardner's Lane. There's a lot of water running down there and it's BYOB—bring your own bridge!

Our outing on backcountry gear took us up Bryant Trail and Heavenly Highway to Stowe View (which was quite nice on a clear, warm afternoon). Then we went down the way we came up, with the exception of Gardner's Lane.

Ski resorts are starting to post their closing dates. Here are a few examples, and some fun spring skiing events.

Vermont ski area spring closings

Bolton Valley ski resort is closing on Sunday, April 5. They will hold a pond skimming contest that day.

Stowe hasn't posted a closing date. They host the annual Sugar Slalom race on April 4 & 5. On April 12, they also host the Easter Sunrise Service at the top of the gondola. Gondola transportation available to the public from 4:50 a.m. – 5:50 a.m.

Jay Peak is planning on staying open until April 19. On Saturday, April 4, they put on a Spring Mogul Competition on The UN.

Smugglers' Notch is still open this weekend. A Pro Am Big Air Competition takes place on Saturday, April 4.

Killington is going to try to make it into May. Bear Mountain and Needle's Eye areas close for the season after this weekend. This weekend they host the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge.

Mount Snow's chairs are still turning. On April 12, families can take part in the an on-mountain Easter Egg Hunt.

Okemo is closing on April 12. The Slush Cup, Splash for Cash and  Cardboard Box Race take place this Sunday, April 5.

Ascutney and Pico ski resorts are now closed for the season and Bromley Mountain closed for the week and will reopen this weekend for its final weekend of operations.


Are you done for the season? I'm slowly starting to enjoy this warm weather, but my legs tell me they have a few more turns left in them!

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