Party On! Spring is Just Starting

Forget the weather, it’s almost April and spring skiing, and its constant companion, spring apres-skiing is full on regardless of snow.

While a handful of Vermont ski resorts have shut down either temporarily to save snow or for the season, these events are going strong:

3 | 26-27 Spring Brew & Ski Weekend, Smuggler’s Notch  

The spring scene at Smugg’s Parking Lot 1 is always a tailgate party for the ages. Couple that with Spring Brew & Ski Weekend and volume goes up.  Enjoy samples from 14th Star, Citizen Cider, Fiddlehead, Long Trail, Halyard, Otter Creek, Shacksbury, Shed, Switchback, UFO Beer Co., and Zero Gravity.

26  | Superheroes Pond Skim, Burke

Burke’s slopes are covered with corn and its pond skin this year promises to be epic. This year’s theme is Superheroes, so grab your capes and fly over like The Batman.

26 | MarchdiGras, Stratton

Stratton Mountain’s annual outdoors village block party is a little bit of Mardi Gras in March. Enjoy live music, specialty food, drink and animations in the Village.

Reggaefest at Mount Snow. Courtesy photo
26 | Reggae Fest, Pond Skim & Duct Tape Derby, Mount Snow

Any one of these three events would be fun on their own. But combined, well, that’s next-leve. There’s reggae music in the main base area throughout the weekend, plus Sink or Skim pond skim and Mount Snow’s infamous Duct Tape Derby.

26-28 |Spring Mid Mountain Fling, Magic

Magic Mountain hosts its Spring Mid Mountain Fling this coming weekend (March 28-29) with costumes, bands and prizes. Then, on April 9, the Black Line Tavern will hold a benefit concert with The Western Terriestials for Save The Children’s  Ukraine relief effort.


2  | Nor’Beaster Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, Killington 

 Amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women compete in a head-to-head competition for the Mogul Challenge Cup.  Open to skiers only and limited to the first 150.

2 | Winter Brewers’ Festival, Mount Snow

Enjoy beers and ciders from a variety of breweries and live music, all in the Main Base Area.

2  | Annual Pond Skim, Smuggler’s Notch 

Elvis, a gorilla, guys in bikinis – you’ll see it all in the Zone Terrain Park during Pond Skimming! Registration for this free event starts at 10:00 am at the Smugglers’ Notch tent in Parking Lot 1 for the first 100 people only. The first skimmer launches toward the pond at 12:00 noon. Prizes awarded for best costume.

2-3 | Sugar Slalom, Stowe 

Originating in 1939, this is one of the oldest and most recognized alpine races in America. and draws over  1,000 racers and spectators. A celebration of spring and the tapping of maple trees, it’s a festival atmosphere with music, barbecue on the hill, fantastic ski racing and festive costumes. The race also features maple syrup on snow, plus Cold Hollow cider donuts, and fresh pickles at the finish.

2 | Annual Pond Skim, Stratton

Participants try to skim across the water’s surface and make it out the other side just as dry as they entered. Registration will be held the day of and is limited to the first 150 participants. An event that is just as fun to watch as it is to enter.

3  | Friendly Freeski Challenge, Smuggler’s Notch 

This IFSA (International Freeskiers & Snowboarders Association) friendly event is for athletes who are new to freeride and interested in trying it out. No ranking points may be earned by participants though there will be a podium ceremony.

9  | Spring Fling Win Fest & Pond Skimming, Sugarbush 

Lincoln Peak will be rocking with Chadwick Stokes from Dispatch, G Love, and DJ Logic all performing live. Celebrate former owner Win Smith’s 20 years at the helm of Sugarbush (and watch him pond skim– see opening photo). Plus, take the plunge across a 120-foot “pond” at Lincoln Peak. Whether you get wet or spectate from the crowd, be sure to participate in this annual rite of spring.

16   | Nor’Beaster Dazed & Defrosted, Killington 

Celebrate spring with soft bumps, cold brews, on-snow demos, and of course, great live music. Your finest spring attire is greatly encouraged.


1   | May Day Slalom, Killington 

Compete with your friends for bragging rights on Superstar, where the Women’s World Cup was held last November, or simply find your own limits. Don’t miss your last chance of the season to race down Superstar. This competition is FREE to enter with a valid Killington season pass or lift ticket.


Lisa Lynn

Editor of VT SKI + RIDE and Vermont Sports.