Springing back to peak conditions

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When it comes to spring skiing and snowboarding, conditions don’t get better than this in the East.

Ski areas were already in great shape before a late winter snowstorm dumped up nearly 3 feet across northern New England.

Yes … three feet in the last week! Take that Global Warming!

Snowboarding in the deep snow of Slide Brook at Sugarbush in Vermont. Photo ny Photo Bear Simmons.

The snow not only created sweet powder conditions, but deepened snow bases.

This weekend there’s lots of good deals out there for those who want to get some spring sliding in before calling it a season.

Pick an area, any area, and you’ll find some good deals including ones on lodging, rentals and lessons. Go to resort’s web sites or Facebook pages to find some great specials.

Even Connecticut and southern Massachusetts areas picked up about 6 inches. That not only freshened up surfaces, but got people thinking about skiing and snowboarding again. Mohawk Mountain in Cornall had planned to be closed midweek, but decided to reopen on Wednesday.

Ski Sundown in New Hartford is still going strong with 100 percent of their trails open. Sundown will  have an outdoor snow bar from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“What is a snow bar? It’s a bar made entirely of snow,” Sundown’s web site crows. “Best enjoyed out of doors with music and friends! Enjoy our incredible Spring skiing & riding conditions! Expect other March Madness shenanigans, too! Whoo hoo!” March madness indeed.

Mount Southington is open Thursday and Friday from 3 to 9 .m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to-5 p.m.

Butternut in Great Barrington, Mass. is still 100 percent open. And get this: Lift tickets prices have been lowered to $25, including weekends, to the end of the season. That’s more than half-price of what they were last weekend.

Catamount on the border of Massachusetts and New York has at least 27 or its 33 trails open. The Cat has also lowered prices. You can snare a $20 one for Friday by purchasing it online. Catamount will be charging $35 for lift tickets this weekend, down from $61 last weekend. Catamount isn’t sure how long its season will be; this weekend may be the final one. “Our operating schedule for the following week has not been determined. We recommend that you do not purchase lift tickets in advance for any days past Sunday, March 24 at this time,” the Cat says on its web site.

Jiminy Peak in northwestern Mass. has lots of lodging and lift ticket deals including e-coupons that can knock down the price of a Sunday lift ticket to 45 bucks.

Even with the new snow and deep bases, some areas will soon be closing. It comes down to a matter of economics. Fewer people show up at ski areas and it doesn’t equal the cost of keeping the lifts turning and paying workers.

In New Hampshire, most resorts have nearly all their terrain open. Ski New Hampshire has a great one-stop page of ticket deals.

Ski Vermont has a nice deal page as well.

Up north, things are still jumping. This weekend there’s a reggae fest at Mount Snow, Killington‘s Nor’Beaster festival is going strong and Stratton will have teams skiing and snowboarding for 24 hours.

At the Stratton 24 hours teams of a minimum of six people and a maximum of 12 people with one person at a time racking up the runs from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday March 24, 2013. Here are the full details.

Bromley in southern Vermont will be holding its Spring Fling weekend with lots of events planned including pond skimming, a duct tape derby and live entertainment. Its selling a two-day weekend lift ticket for $95, but you need to purchase it online by midnight tonight. Details here.

This weekend, temperatures in the North Country are expected to be in the upper 30s or low 40s. There’s a chance of showers later in the day on Saturday with sunny skies expected on Sunday.

So try to get a chance to savour these wonderful spring conditions thanks to a great winter!

Bolton Valley in Vermont that got 15 inches of fresh snow, has lowed adult lift tickets to $39 through the end of the season.

Take a look at some of these snowfall totals from snocountry.com

Vermont

Bromley 19”

Burke Mountain 21”

Bolton Valley 15”

Mount Snow 24”

Jay Peak 35”

Killington 25”

Mad River 26”

Magic Mountain 17”

Okemo 16”

Smugglers Notch 18”

Stowe 25”

Stratton 20”

Sugarbush 21”

New Hampshire

Attitash 14”

Black Mountain 17”

Bretton Woods  14″

Cannon 24”

Crotched Mountain 15”

Cranmore 15”

Gunstock 14”

Pats Peak 13”

Sunapee 12”

Wildcat 16″

Maine

Sunday River 15”

Sugarloaf 18”

Saddleback 25”

Jim Shay

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