Going skiing in March officially kicks off the spring skiing season. You just can’t beat deep snow, warmer temps, spring storms and goggle tans.
The way mother nature is shaping up this March, spring skiing is going to be hit or miss. For many ski areas around the continent it really has been a feast of a famine in regards to snow pack. Areas like Tahoe, the Wasatch Mountains and parts of Colorado are experiencing snow levels much smaller than average.
If you have plans to travel to these areas you may be delegated to skiing groomers, or you may want to bring your rock skis, and if you’re are still looking to book a trip you may want to check out these locations and bring out the powder planks.
Big Sky, Montana
Total Snow this season: 284.0″ (as of 3/5/18)
March is a perfect time for spring skiing in Big Sky. This monstrous resort offers you any type of terrain that you can imagine. Runs like Big Horn off of the Thunder Wolf Quad are a fantastic option for laying long, fast turns down without having to worry about too many crowds (although crowds are rarely a factor at Big Sky). On the North Side of the mountain, lightly peppered trees off of the Lone Tree Lift hold cold snow that is usually protected from wind and sun to keep your turns soft.
The real reason to visit Big Sky is the fact that you can find yourself standing at the top of Lone Peak, at 11,166 feet as soon as you step out of the tram. Once you exit the tram you find yourself with nearly endless options of chutes, wide open snowfields, and a challenge in every direction. Even if you are not ready to ski your way down (since there is no easy way down), a ride to the top of Lone Peak is a must do for any visitor.
Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia
Total Snow this season: 408.0″ (as of 3/5/2018)
This gigantic resort has been getting pounded with snow this season, so the spring skiing at Whistler/Blackcomb may feel and look like full on winter and with it’s proximity to the coast, having a GORE-TEX Shell is a must at Whistler/Blackcomb.
If you feel like getting radical, Whistler Peak is a giant, high alpine zone that is loaded with steeps, rocks, and cliffs that will test even the best skiers. On the Blackcomb side, the 7th Heaven Express has wide open bowls that have been an absolute dream to ride this season, and the Peak2Peak Gondola creates a unique link to the two ski areas.
Whistler Village has some incredible dining options. Sushi, steak houses and fine dining options are pretty abundant, and the apres scene in Whistler Village is one of the best you will find anywhere. Numerous watering holes with patios are just steps from either gondola, and Garibaldi Lift Co. is well known in the skiing universe as the place to have an apres beer and some of their signature nachos after a long day of riding.
Jay Peak, Vermont
Total Snow this season: 276.0″ (as of 3/5/18)
Continually known for the most snow in the East, Jay Peak is having another killer spring skiing season this year by boasting more snow than most of the Western resorts.
Riding the tram will not disappoint any skier, the views from the top of Jay are beautiful, and the ski down from the summit is easily something an intermediate skier can handle. The “Ski The East” Extreme Comp Finals that will be held on March 17th/18th are an incredible showcase of skiing talent and skiers making a name for themselves off of the tram face. The trees that skirt the boundary lines hold typical Jay Peak powder that should still be packed, but do not leave the safety of the ski area unless you absolutely know where you are going or are with a local, as it is easy to get lost and find yourself far away from the resort.
The Pump House indoor water park offers up some of the best water slides you will find anywhere for getting the adrenaline pumping when you are not on the slopes.
If you have not booked a trip yet for this spring and are looking for some warm temps, good snow and some fun things to do off the slopes, you will find that the aforementioned resorts will bring you some good skiing this month.