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25 of Spring's Sweetest Deals, Biggest Dumps and Best Flings

25 of Spring's Sweetest Deals, Biggest Dumps and Best Flings

Travel
By Everett Potter
posted: 02/28/2002

ALPINE MEADOWS RESORT, CA
CONTACT: 800-441-4423; www.skialpine.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $54
SPRING TICKET: $54 (price drops as terrain closes)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 336 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 24 inches last April 20; renowned for its spring corn snow
2002 SPRING FLING: There's a different band on the deck every Saturday, March 23-May 18.
2002 CLOSE: Late-May

ALTA SKI AREA, UT
CONTACT: 801-359-1078; www.altaskiarea.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $38
SPRING TICKET: $38
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 485 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 134 inches last April
2002 SPRING FLING: The Alta Telemark Corn Festival, April 4-7
2002 CLOSE: April 14

ALYESKA RESORT, AK
CONTACT: 800-775-6656; www.alyeskaresort.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $45
SPRING TICKET: $20
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 939 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 93 inches last April
2002 SPRING FLING: Spring Carnival, April 20-21, includes a pond-skimming contest. Winner gets a season pass.
2002 CLOSE: April 30

ASPEN, CO
CONTACT: 800-525-6200; www.skiaspen.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $65
SPRING TICKET: $29
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 250 inches (on Ajax)
BIG SPRING DUMP: 18 inches on April 22, the last day of the season
2002 SPRING FLING: The annual 180 Spring Jam, April 5-13, features various pro and wacky competitions.
2002 CLOSE: April 14

ATTITASH BEAR PEAK, NH
CONTACT: 800-223-7669;www.attitash.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $49
SPRING TICKET: $49 (price drops as terrain closes)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 164 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: more than 60 inches last March
2002 SPRING FLING: 9th Annual Attitash Bear Peak On-Snow Golf Tournament, March 30
2002 CLOSE: April 12

BIG MOUNTAIN, MT
CONTACT: 800-858-4157; www.skiwhitefish.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $47
SPRING TICKET: $10 (April 1-7)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 186 inches (that's low; the average is 335 per season)
BIG SPRING DUMP: 27 inches during the first week of April last year
2002 SPRING FLING: The Annual Furniture Race, April 6, when anything imaginable hurtles down Big Mountain
2002 CLOSE: April 7

BRECKENRIDGE, CO
CONTACT: 800-789-7669; www.breckenridge.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $61
SPRING TICKET: $37
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 321 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 4 feet last April, including a final-day dump of over a foot
2002 SPRING FLING: The first International Summit of Sports and Music, April 5-7; Bump Buffet, April 14
2002 CLOSE: April 22

BRETTON WOODS, NH
CONTACT: 800-258-0330; www.brettonwoods.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $53
SPRING TICKET: $53 (price drops as terrain closes)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 290 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: April can often deliver a final punch when it comes to winter storms.
2002 SPRING FLING: 17th annual Beach Party and Spring Festival, April 5-7, with music, pond skimming and more
2002 CLOSE: April 14

CRESTED BUTTE, CO
CONTACT: 800-544-8448; www.visitcrestedbutte.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $54
SPRING TICKET: $20
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 212 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: A foot of snow arrived the first week of April last year.
2002 SPRING FLING: 11th annual U.S. Extreme Freeskiing Champion-ships, April 2-6, with giveaways and demos
2002 CLOSE: April 14

FERNIE ALPINE RESORT, BC
CONTACT: 800-258-7669; www.skifernie.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $35 US
SPRING TICKET: $35 US
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 178 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 50 inches last April, a typicatotal
2002 SPRING FLING: Powder, Pedal, Paddle Relay Race, April 13; teams of one to five ski, bike, paddle and run to the finish.
2002 CLOSE: April 14

JACKSON HOLE, WY
CONTACT: 800-443-6931; www.jacksonhole.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $59
SPRING TICKET: $59
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 345 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 34 inches last April 1-8
2002 SPRING FLING: 29th annual Pole, Pedal, Paddle Race, April 6; cross-country ski, bike and raft 40 miles.
2002 CLOSE: April 7

KILLINGTON, VT
CONTACT: 800-621-6867; www.killington.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $62
SPRING TICKET: $25
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 452 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: On average, Killington receives more than 72 inches of natural snow after March 1.
2002 SPRING FLING: 22nd Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, April 6-7, on Outer Limits, the East's steepest mogul run.
2002 CLOSE: Memorial Day

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, CA
CONTACT: 800-626-6684; www.mammothmountain.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $56
SPRING TICKET: $45
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 441 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: More than 60 inches of snow fell last April. (The April average is 53 inches.)
2002 SPRING FLING: West Coast Invitational, a pro ski and snowboard competition and music festival; May 3-5.
2002 CLOSE: Memorial Day

MONT TREMBLANT, QUEBEC
CONTACT: 888-736-2526; www.tremblant.ca
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $37 US
SPRING TICKET: $26 US
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 139 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 14 inches fell on April 9, 2000.
2002 SPRING FLING: Molson Ex Pro Challenge, April 4-7, draws the best freeskiers to compete for $35,000 in prizes.
2002 CLOSE: April 28

MOUNT SNOW, VT
CONTACT: 800-245-7669; www.mountsnow.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $56
SPRING TICKET: $29-$39
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 210 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: The mountain received 30 inches of snow in 24 hours last year March 6-7.
2002 SPRING FLING: 6th Annual Spring Reggae Festival, March 30-31; live music, parties, island food and more
2002 CLOSE: Mid-April

SNOWBIRD, UT
CONTACT: 800-232-9542; www.snowbird.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $56
SPRING TICKET: $25
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 484 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: The record April dump came in 1974, when Snowbird received 156 inches.
2002 SPRING FLING: The annual Gigantissimo race, April 20; a mad dash from Hidden Peak to Snowbird Center
2002 CLOSE: Late May

SNOWSHOE MOUNTAIN, WV
CONTACT: 800-572-5252; www.snowshoemtn.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $53
SPRING TICKET: $39
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 178 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: Lake-effect snow accounts for typical March snowfall of 47 inches or more.
2002 SPRING FLING: Mountaintop Beach Party & Music Festival, March 22-24; music, on-slope games, fireworks & more.
2002 CLOSE: Early April

SQUAW VALLEY USA, CA
CONTACT: 800-403-0206; www.winter.squaw.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $56
SPRING TICKET: $56 (price drops as terrain closes)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 362 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: It snowed 11 days last April, and there are powder days as late as June 16.
2002 SPRING FLING: Spring Jam V, April 20-21; competitions, music and prizes.
2002 CLOSE: May 27

STEAMBOAT, CO
CONTACT: 800-922-2722; www.steamboat-ski.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $61
SPRING TICKET: $48 (April 5-14)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 276 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 18 inches during the first two weeks of last April
2002 SPRING FLING: Cardboard Classic, April 6; competitors and their homemade crafts hurtle down Headwall.
2002 CLOSE: April 14

SUGARBUSH, VT
CONTACT: 800-537-8427; www.sugarbush.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $55
SPRING TICKET: $40
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 358 inches

BIG SPRING DUMP: 14 inches fell last April 1.2002 SPRING FLING: Pond Skimming Contest and Reggae Fest, April 6; the Sugarbush Triathlon, April 7
2002 CLOSE: Mid-April

SUGARLOAF USA, ME
CONTACT: 800-843-5623; www.sugarloaf.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $52
SPRING TICKET: $25
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 259 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 32 inches on March 23, followed by 24 inches on March 30
2002 SPRING FLING: 14th annual Reggaefest, April 4-7; live island music, fireworks, barbecue and more
2002 CLOSE: April 21

SUNDAY RIVER, ME
CONTACT: 800-543-2754www.sundayriver.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $52
SPRING TICKET: $32
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 250 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: Big spring dumps are rare, but winter-long snowmaking ensures a deep base.
2002 SPRING FLING: 15th annual Bust 'n' Burn Mogul Competition and a Jimmy Buffett festival, April 5-7
2002 CLOSE: May 1

TAOS SKI VALLEY, NM
CONTACT: 800-776-2291; www.skitaos.org
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $47
SPRING TICKET: $39
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 323 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 47 inches fell March 12-13, and another 42 landed before last season's end.
2002 SPRING FLING: Ernie Blake Celebration, March 23-24, music, fireworks, and lots of German food and beer
2002 CLOSE: April 17

WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB, BC
CONTACT: 800-766-0449; www.whistler-blackcomb.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $63
SPRING TICKET: $63 (price drops as terrain closes)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 321 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: The average April snowfall is 33 inches.
2002 SPRING FLING: World Ski & Snowboard Festival, April 12-21; traditionally the biggest bash in ski country
2002 CLOSE: April 21/Blackcomb, June 9/Whistler

WINTER PARK, CO
CONTACT: 800-729-5813; www.skiwinterpark.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $58
SPRING TICKET: $35
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 373 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: For the past five Aprils, Winter Park has averaged 54 inches in April.
2002 SPRING FLING: Spring Splash, April 14; conquer a "bamboo jungle," "oh-no zone" and 50-foot pond¿on skis.
2002 CLOSE: April 14
crafts hurtle down Headwall.
2002 CLOSE: April 14

SUGARBUSH, VT
CONTACT: 800-537-8427; www.sugarbush.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $55
SPRING TICKET: $40
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 358 inches

BIG SPRING DUMP: 14 inches fell last April 1.2002 SPRING FLING: Pond Skimming Contest and Reggae Fest, April 6; the Sugarbush Triathlon, April 7
2002 CLOSE: Mid-April

SUGARLOAF USA, ME
CONTACT: 800-843-5623; www.sugarloaf.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $52
SPRING TICKET: $25
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 259 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 32 inches on March 23, followed by 24 inches on March 30
2002 SPRING FLING: 14th annual Reggaefest, April 4-7; live island music, fireworks, barbecue and more
2002 CLOSE: April 21

SUNDAY RIVER, ME
CONTACT: 800-543-2754www.sundayriver.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $52
SPRING TICKET: $32
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 250 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: Big spring dumps are rare, but winter-long snowmaking ensures a deep base.
2002 SPRING FLING: 15th annual Bust 'n' Burn Mogul Competition and a Jimmy Buffett festival, April 5-7
2002 CLOSE: May 1

TAOS SKI VALLEY, NM
CONTACT: 800-776-2291; www.skitaos.org
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $47
SPRING TICKET: $39
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 323 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: 47 inches fell March 12-13, and another 42 landed before last season's end.
2002 SPRING FLING: Ernie Blake Celebration, March 23-24, music, fireworks, and lots of German food and beer
2002 CLOSE: April 17

WHISTLER/BLACKCOMB, BC
CONTACT: 800-766-0449; www.whistler-blackcomb.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $63
SPRING TICKET: $63 (price drops as terrain closes)
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 321 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: The average April snowfall is 33 inches.
2002 SPRING FLING: World Ski & Snowboard Festival, April 12-21; traditionally the biggest bash in ski country
2002 CLOSE: April 21/Blackcomb, June 9/Whistler

WINTER PARK, CO
CONTACT: 800-729-5813; www.skiwinterpark.com
HIGH SEASON TICKET: $58
SPRING TICKET: $35
2000-2001 SNOWFALL: 373 inches
BIG SPRING DUMP: For the past five Aprils, Winter Park has averaged 54 inches in April.
2002 SPRING FLING: Spring Splash, April 14; conquer a "bamboo jungle," "oh-no zone" and 50-foot pond¿on skis.
2002 CLOSE: April 14

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