Deep snow and deep discounts

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Now that New England areas have finally picked up some deep, natural snow, what on earth are you waiting for?

March is shaping up to be the best month of the entire ski season. And it looks to get much better with more snow expected in interior New England.

The National Weather Service has posted a winter storm warning for Vermont and New Hampshire. It looks like Vermont areas like Killington, Okemo, Mount Snow and Stratton could pick up to a foot of snow.

This is wonderful news, especially after northern Vermont areas picked up more than four feet of snow in the last week. Stowe got up to 51 inches and Jay Peak, 52 inches.

Areas like Bolton, Mad River and Sugarbush got about 30 inches.

Even areas farther south like Killington got 17 inches in the last week. Incredible. Wonderful. About time.

Still giddy Jay Peak reports this morning: “The snow gods have been showering us with gifts, and today they pause to gather their strength.  The conditions are still powder/packed powder across every trail on the mountain and tonight we’re only getting more.  The forecast calls for 4-7″, at least.”

On Tuesday, a Snow Zone reader sent these photos from Jay. Thanks!

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are also sitting pretty with more than foot at some areas … with more on the way.

Snow conditions up north are excellent. Check them out.

We’ve got another solid month of excellent conditions. Even southern New England areas like the four in Connecticut and several in Massachusetts still have several weeks left… hopefully.

So if you haven’t done much skiing and snowboarding this season, this is absolutely the best time to go. Bases are at their deepest depths, all the holidays are over and crowds will be thinning. And, that means ski areas will start discounting tickets and offer some good deals on lodging packages.

They are doing this because it hasn’t been a great year for most. As the season heads to the home stretch, ski areas will be looking to get more people on their trails to improve the bottom line.

And that, my friends, can help you save lots of money.

The deals are already here ready for the taking.

CONNECTICUT

Ski Sundown in New Hartford has $30 lift tickets, every Thursday, till the end of the season.

Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall has a 4-hour ticket for just $20 Mondays through Friday.

Mount Southington has a $20 discount coupon good for skiing/riding this Saturday. That would bring an adult ticket down to $33 and a junior/senior one to $23. Get the coupon here.

MASSACHUSETTS

Skiing midweek at both Butternut in Great Barrington and Catamount remains one of the best deals going. Butternut charges $25 midweek; starting March 19, tickets will be $25 every day until the end of the season.

But Catamount has an even better deal if you buy midweek tickets online. The cost? Twenty dollars. You can buy them here.

Jiminy Peak has an e-coupon that lets you buy a $40 eight-hour lift ticket on Sunday, March 11. Get the coupon here.

VERMONT

Ski Vermont has a page of the latest deals. Many are popping up daily on individual ski resort websites. Here’s a few of them:

Four Killington lift tickets for $199. Ski/ride for $50 or less with the 4 Play Pass. Can be used any day till the end of the season. Details: Only one ticket per day can be used, pass is non-transferable and direct-to-lift, pass is valid for all ages. Once you’ve used four days, you can reload your card with more $49 lift tickets either on Killington’s E-Store or at any open ticket window. This is a great deal if you plan to ski/ride The Beast at least four times this season. The regular price for an adult lift ticket is $79 midweek, $86 on weekend days.

Start St. Patrick’s Day weekend early with $17 lift tickets on Friday, March 16 at Mount Snow, Vermont. Huge savings; the regular price is 75 bucks.

On Fridays at Bromley in southern Vermont, up to three kids can get a $15 lift ticket when an adult buys a $49 lift ticket.

Why walk up to the ticket window at Okemo on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and pay $79 when you can buy one online for only $49? A no brainer, but you have to buy them 48 hours in advance. Details here.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Granite State ski areas have some of the best deals in New England, including several 2-for-1 lift ticket packages. The folks at Ski New Hampshire get a big thumbs up for having one of the best deals page.

Check them out here.

And let’s not forget New York, there’s $25 lift tickets at Belleayre and a $58 Ladies Day package at Hunter Mountain. Still more details can be found at skiandrideny.

So again, what are earth are you waiting for?

Jim Shay

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