With the end of ski season in sight (ahhh!), and with the economy still clearly lacking in efficiency and optimism, many ski families are looking to get a trip in at some point this season…but it’s gotta be a good deal. Luckily, many ski areas feel for us. Here are some options for spring ski deals. First Tracks has done a great job of compiling this comprehensive reports:
“In Oregon the Mt. Bachelor Spring Pass is a popular option that returns again this year. Offering access from March 29 until the ski area’s scheduled May 16 closing date at a cost of $139, skiers and riders seeking a late-season fix travel great distances to experience Central Oregon in one of its most diverse seasons. When purchased after April 19 the Spring Pass cost drops to $99. Spring passes are available for purchase at www.mtbachelor.com/spring. Mt. Bachelor has received 324 inches of snow to date this season.
Nearby Mount Hood Meadows plans to operate through April 25th, plus extra days if the season is extended into May as the resort has done the past several seasons. A $179 spring pass is good for every remaining day this season and may be purchased online at the ski area’s website, www.skihood.com.
In Utah, traditional spring holdout Snowbird is offering a $499 spring pass good now through the end of the season, which typically lasts until Memorial Day or beyond. Snowbird will also be offering an additional spring pass starting April 1 that will sell for $299. Spring passes can be purchased at the Snowbird ticket office or by calling (801) 933-2215 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily or visiting www.snowbird.com. The Wasatch Mountain resort near Salt Lake City has received 363 inches of snowfall thus far during the 2009-10 season, and is currently reporting a mid-mountain snow depth of 107 inches. Snowbird keeps spring skiing festive with a variety of seasonal events, including live music on the Tram Plaza deck weekends through May.
The $99 Spring Fling Season Pass kicked off Monday at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, and is good through the Idaho ski area’s projected closing date of April 11. It may also be credited toward the purchase price of a 2010-11 season pass. Visit www.schweitzer.com.
“We are very excited to offer this product,” said Schweitzer CEO Tom Chasse, who adds that he’s hopeful that the pass will serve as an outlet to combat winter blues, an economic relief, and give people a chance to test drive the ski resort’s product before committing to a 2011 season pass.
A Spring Pass is currently on sale at Vermont’s Killington Resort and offers unlimited skiing and riding from March 22 through May 2, weather and conditions permitting. It’s priced for all ages at $169 and may be purchased online at www.killington.com.
“Thanks to outstanding snowmaking conditions this season and more than five feet of snow in February, we’ll be skiing on deep base depths and enjoying some outstanding conditions and on-snow events this spring,” said Chris Danforth, marketing manager for Killington Resort. Spring events at Killington include the 30th Annual Bud Light Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge which takes place March 27-28, featuring Snoe.Down with live music from moe. and many other up-and-coming jam bands performing around the Killington Region. Pond Skimming and the Sunshine Daydream Festival take place April 17, featuring skiers and riders skimming over ice-cold water while enjoying live Grateful Dead-inspired music.
Unlimited spring skiing and riding at Whiteface Mountain in upstate New York began March 1 with a $250 spring pass. The rate is reduced to $200 for seniors, students and teens, and $150 for juniors. It’s a deal if you plan to ski or ride Whiteface three or more times this spring. Those interested may learn more at www.whiteface.com.
Quebec’s Mont-Sainte-Anne is renowned for having one of the longest ski seasons in the East, as the resort plans to stretch out the season until April 25th. For the occasion, Mont-Sainte-Anne sells a spring pass priced at CAN $199 for adults, CAN $159 for seniors, CAN $149 for students and CAN $99 for children that’s valid seven days a week from March 22nd to April 18th, and is also good when the resort plans to reopen April 23rd-25th for one final spring fling. To purchase online visit www.mont-sainte-anne.com.
In addition to spring passes, many ski resorts offer free skiing and riding for the remainder of 2009-10 when purchasing a 2010-11 season pass in advance. Check with your favorite resort to see if this might apply to you.”