The advantages of spring skiing often outweigh the disadvantage of damp corduroy. The arrival of the sun means you can ski in your shirtsleeves and the arrival of festival season means you can ski in your shirtsleeves to a slopeside party. If the winter is about getting radical, spring is about having a good time in ski towns full of lift operators looking to let off some steam. Here's where you should head this season if you want a great last run.
The largest ski area east of the Rockies, Sugarloaf is king for spring skiing. The mountain has more continuous vertical feet (2,820) than Crested Butte, Taos, or Grand Targhee, and has the only snowfields (wide-open areas above the tree line) in the East. Since opening 655 acres of side country in adjacent Brackett Basin – including 2,000 vertical feet of chutes, cliffs, and glades – it skis more like a western resort than an Appalachian hill. And 95 percent snowmaking coverage on the resort's 138 trails makes corn conditions (kernels of wet snow warmed by the sun) guaranteed. Off the slopes, the East Coast Pond Skimming championship in April – that's skiing across massive puddles – is a must-see, as is the annual four-day Reggae Fest, this year starting April 10. Sugarloaf Inn offers several late-season deals, including a Spring Ski & Stay package that covers lodging and lift tickets for just $99 per person per night.
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