There’s still time to get in one last day of skiing or riding at some of New Hampshire’s ski areas, but you should head out soon. The state’s downhill and Nordic ski areas will wrap up the 2016-2017 season in April and are offering spring ski deals and hosting exciting events during these final days.
It was a successful year for New Hampshire’s ski industry, with thousands of visitors from across the region coming to the state to hit the slopes and enjoy the many activities offered off the mountain and après ski.
“We go into April with truly impressive end of season skiing right now because so many trails are still open with great coverage,” said Jessyca Keeler, executive director, Ski NH. “Beyond the high percentage of trails that will be open this weekend, the forecast is calling for more snow throughout the state, which should make for some awesome spring skiing this weekend and over the next couple of weekends.”
A number of popular ski destinations will remain open into April, thanks in part to a cold blast and big snowfall this March. In fact, currently alpine areas are skiing on 55%-90% of their terrain, and open Nordic areas are between 40% to over 90% open. With the expected snow today, those figures could go up to nearly 100%.
Black Mountain, Ragged Mountain Resort, Mount Sunapee Resort and Gunstock Mountain Resort are celebrating their closing weekend with the last ski lifts running on Sunday, April 2. Cranmore Mountain Resort and Abenaki Ski Area will be open for the weekend of April 1-2.Waterville Valley Resort will have their trails open until Sunday, April 9, while Cannon Mountain and Loon Mountain Resort will continue operations until Sunday, April 16. The last day to ski at one of Ski NH’s member ski areas is expected to be Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 17, when Bretton Woods officially closes for the 2016-2017 season.
Special events and pricing on lift tickets will take place throughout the spring season, including 2-for-$75 (or one for $49) lift tickets at Cannon Mountain and $29 lift tickets at Bretton Woods. Loon Mountain is offering $45 lift tickets on Sunday afternoons and on Friday, March 31, Waterville Valley Resort hosts their annual $1 “April Fools” lift tickets for all skiers. More spring skiing deals can be found at SkiNH.com/Deals/Spring-Deals.
Cannon Mountain will host a Passholder Appreciation Day on April 1, featuring Bloody Mary drink specials and entertainment in the Cannonball Pub in the morning, a Tug-of-War competition in front of the Peabody Lounge mid-day, a BBQ lunch and Après Party from 3-6 p.m. Mount Sunapee will host its annual Intergalactic Cardboard Sled Race on April 2 and Loon Mountain will celebrate an ‘80s Weekend March 31-April 1, featuring a dance party in the Paul Bunyan Room and a 21+ Live ‘80s cover band Fast Times under the slope side concert tent.
Pond skimming has become a spring tradition at a number of New Hampshire ski areas, including Waterville Valley, where 75 people will have a chance to make their way across the pond on April 1. The event is part of the 6th Annual Last Run Luau, featuring live music throughout the day. Gunstock Resort hosts a BYODC (bring your own dry clothes) pond skimming event on April 2 and Cannon Mountain hosts Blizzard Splash event on April 8.
Alpine ski conditions and information about spring ski deals and events are available at www.skinh.com.
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, trail conditions, vacation planning, and updated events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at 603.745.9396 or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, visit www.visitNH.gov.