On March 17th, everybody is Irish. At resorts around the Vermont, you can win a season’s pass or a pair of skis, ski for $29 or taste some of Vermont’s best distilled spirits and cheeses for free. Stowe’s waterfall traditionally gets dyed green and everyone is decked out in shamrocks and green. Not every resort goes green on March 17 so pick your favorite and channel your inner leprechaun.
We heard a rumor that a wee green lad is hiding a pot o’gold atop Bromley Mountain on 3/17 . With a little luck you’ll find it, and make all your mountain dreams come true for next winter. Look for a literal pot of “gold” somewhere on the mountain between Runaround and Pushover. Find it, bring it to Switchboard, and the Season Pass is yours. Follow Bromley’s Instagram for hints about its location. March 17 is also Season Passholders’ Appreciation Day and the NE Rando Race Series, so you can triple your luck. bromley.com
Spend Saturday hunting Burke Mountain for a chance to win great prizes, including a pair of K2 skis. Teams of up to four answer riddles and search secret spots in hopes of finding the elusive Burkie the Bear for that most essential of selfies. Wear costumes for bonus points. The festivities end with an awards ceremony at the Bear Den at 4 p.m. skiburke.com
Kick off the weekend by doing something good. March 16 is a Feel Good Friday, meaning Killington donates $5 to $10 of every ticket sold to Vermont Adaptive and the High Fives Foundation. The rest of the weekend, take a mogul camp with Olympian Donna Weinbrecht, do a tour of the Beast of the East with extreme skier Dan Egan and get your Irish on at the Summit Lodge. The Lodge hosts the Killington Irish Festival with Irish dancers, a Celtic string band, food and drink specials, a craft fair and a kids area with face painting. Killington.com
If you want to be king of the hill, sign up for the Master of the Mountain biathlon, which pits freeskiers against racers (challenging each to a bit of both) then head to Sunshine Corner for the snow bar and get ready for the 7 p.m. Saints & Liars show. magicmtn.com
Mount Snow celebrates big with Bud Light ShamRock Weekend. Lift tickets on Friday are $29 (in limited numbers) if you purchase tickets online. Dress in costume and chow down at “Eggs and Kegs” in the morning, then head over to the Pot O’Gold scavenger hunt, which lasts all day. Find the hidden pot of gold and win a 2017/2018 seasons pass. Join the après party on the Cuzzin’s Deck to finish up your day, then return for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. mountsnow.com
Shamrocks will be hidden along Okemo’s trails. When kids find one and bring it back to the Clock Tower Base Lodge Resort Services desk, they win a special prize bag filled with goodies. For adults and big kids, a St. Patrick’s Day party with Guinness on draft will feature Gypsy Reel from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Sitting Bull Bar & Restaurant. The party continues at The Killarney with more Celtic music. March 17 also kicks in with a free SugarDaze line-up of concerts, headlined by by Blues Traveler. okemo.com
Get your green on for the St. Paddy’s Day Lucky Leprechaun Challenge. Wear green, meet the Leprechaun on the slopes, and get raffle tickets for a chance to win. Join Goodtime Charlie at the Black Bear for music, door prizes, 12 beers on tap and giveaways from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Go to Bootleggers’ Lounge at 4:30 pm, submit all your tickets and chill out with half-price appetizers and drink specials while you wait to see just how lucky you were. smuggs.com
Mornings start with breakfast in town at McCarthy’s where everything is green. Head to the mountain to see if the waterfall under the gondola gets dyed green. Catch the Stowe Banked Slalom in the park. Later, get into the Celtic spirit with Pete Sutherland and his band, Pete’s Posse, at Spruce Peak. You’ll hear twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over high-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, bodhran, jawharp andkeyboards adding their voices to the mix. The Posse will feature both original songs and traditional Irish ballads. Sunday, stick around and celebrate 10 years of Epic Pass with food and drink specials and waffles with maple cream at the Midway and Spruce Peak lodges. stowe.com
You might have to forego the traditional Irish festivities if you sign up for the 24 Hours of Stratton ski race (a fundraiser), or want to take part in the Stargazer Snowshoe Tour — both this weekend. Save some energy for the 44th annual Bondville St. Patrick’s Day Parade (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.), just down the mountain then head to the legendary afterparty at the Red Fox Inn.
Take a deep breath, because all of this is happening this weekend: A banked snowboard slalom. Green drinks and Irish Car Bombs and the Wendell Hughes band more at Mt. Ellen. Drink specials (including a cask-conditioned “The Craic” Irish Red) at the Castlerock Pub and yacht rockers The Full Cleveland. Plus it’s Sugaring Festival (look for sweet surprises to be hidden), Ski Vermont Specialty Food days (gnom gnom) and the Chez Henri Cup, a race to celebrating the legendary bistro owner Henri Borel. Start napping now. sugarbush.com