Although it may feel like temperatures are starting to rise (and, we’ll admit, they are), there is still plenty of snow at Mid-Atlantic ski resorts, providing some of the best spring skiing of the past decade. Several resorts plan to stay open into April, although many will sign off on the season by the end of March. In an ironic twist, most resorts will close not due to lack of snow, but due to lack of visitors. In order to tempt skiers and boarders to make one last trip or two, discounts -; including free lift tickets in some cases -; are being offered.
Pennsylvania’s Ski Roundtop, Liberty Mountain, and Whitetail Resorts will offer free all-day lift tickets on Monday, March 17 and Tuesday, March 18 as part of their “Guest Appreciation Days.” There are no strings attached -; just show up at the ticket window to receive your free lift ticket. Rentals, lessons, and snow tubing will be available at the normal midweek rates. 100% of terrain remains open at all three resorts with base depths reaching up to 50 inches, so there’s no shortage of snow. If you can’t make it to the resorts during this period, you can still benefit from a March lift ticket special. If you purchase a full-price lift ticket, you’ll be able to buy a $10 midweek lift ticket for your next visit.
West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort has decided to extend its winter season to April 13, although Snowshoe will begin closing some trails late in the month. (The Silver Creek area will close on March 23.) Snowshoe has begun selling a “Spring Pass,” offering unlimited skiing from now through April 13 for $75. Snowshoe will also be honoring season passes from any other resort for guests that book lodging with the resort.
Maryland’s Wisp Resort, with an average base depth ranging from 58-101”, is selling midweek lift tickets for $17.50 and weekend lift tickets for $20 per day through April 6, when the resort plans to close.
Jack Frost resort plans to remain open until March 23, and is selling lift tickets for $20 through the end of the season. Lift tickets at Alpine Mountain are going for $22 midweek and $28 weekends.
On Tuesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 20, Seven Springs will offer skiing from 1-6 p.m. for $10.25. Seven Springs is also offering a “two for one” special on lift tickets on Wednesdays through the end of the season, and beginner ski and snowboard packages are 1/2 off. Seven Springs will also be honoring 2002/2003 season passes from any other resort -; just show your pass at the ticket window and receive a free lift ticket.
Midweek lift tickets at Canaan Valley -; valid Monday through Thursday -; are going for $10.
At Montage Mountain, day or twilight lift tickets will be sold for $15 every Thursday and Friday through the end of the season.
Before making a trip, DCSki recommends contacting a resort to verify operating status and specials. Some resorts are operating under limited springtime hours, and some resorts may decide to end their season without much warning.
M. Scott Smith is the founder and Editor of DCSki. Scott loves outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and mountain biking. He is an avid photographer and writer.
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