Mount Snow looks poised to deliver the best spring skiing in New England. The southern Vermont giant was acquired by St. Louis–based Peak Resorts last April. And if there's one thing Midwestern mountain managers know, it's how to make snow. "That's our greatest strength," says Peak president Tim Boyd. Mount Snow demonstrated its commitment by being the first in Vermont to open. Since then, Mountain Ops has been laying it down thick, especially on Snowdance, a wide blue cruiser that now bristles with snowguns top to bottom. According to Boyd: "We won't close until the skiers stop coming."
High. Major metro skiers used to have to drive to central Vermont for early- and late-season skiing, but southerly Mount Snow shortens the trip considerably: four hours from New York, two and a half from Boston.
Spring ski-and-stay packages at participating lodges start at $70 per person per night. Blackout dates apply (mountsnow.com).
Reggae Fest, the weekend of March 29–30. Festivities include the usual spring antics: pond-skimming, cardboard-box derby, outdoor music and plenty of soft corn-snow bumps.