Existing Snow Will Maintain, But Warmer Temps Are Coming
March 7, 2014
Saturday will continue on the trend of milder weather, with highs around 40. Sunday cools down a bit, but no precipitation is expected all weekend. Monday morning may bring some snowfall, but this will be followed with temps near 40 as the day progresses.
Ski conditions are still in mid-season form, even though we’re already well into March. Conditions should stay nice for days to come.
For the most part, open ski area terrain is over 90 percent at the majority of Northeast ski areas. Many are at 100 percent open, offering a variety of terrain for all levels of skiers and riders.
The groomed runs have the best conditions and are the least tricky to ski.
In Connecticut, at all ski areas, even though it is now March, you’ll find conditions that are more in tune with January or February. Mount Southington is open weekdays from 10 to 10. Check out Mogul Madness at Mount Southington on Saturday, March 8. Ski Sundown is 100 percent open, and coming up on Sunday, March 9 it’s the Design a Feature Rail Jam. Mohawk is also 100 percent open with the Mohawk Madness Beach Party on Saturday, March 8. (Bring a thick towel.) Powder Ridge is looking good mid-winter conditions. On Saturday, March 8, there is a Slopestyle competition.
In Massachusetts, Ski Butternut has 100 percent of trails in action. Jiminy Peak is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wachusett has 23 trails and 6 lifts for the taking. Catamount has 32 open runs.
In Vermont, Stratton hosts the Vermont Open March 7-9 with $20,000 in prize money. Competitions include Half Pipe, Rail Jam, Big Air and Banked Slalom. Mad River Glen is the spot for the North American Telemark Festival March 8-9. Okemo has the “Light the Night” Rail Jam on Saturday, March 8. Smugglers’ Notch hosts the Extreme Skiing Challenge on Sunday, March 9.
And March is also usually the time when you start to see “Pond Skimming” contests and Slush Cups, signaling the beginning of spring skiing. It looks like some of those types of events may need to be pushed back, mostly because there isn’t any slush out there and ponds are still frozen solid!
As always, ski and ride with care and enjoy your time on the slopes.
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