Montpelier, Vt. (Vocus) February 26, 2009
In a recent Ski Vermont survey, 98% of skiers and riders reported that March is a great time to visit Vermont. With two feet more snow than average, winter enthusiasts are planning their March breaks now.
While Vermont skiers and riders agree that March conditions are ideal, their reasons vary. Ski Vermont's survey findings unveil a breakdown of what skiers and snowboarders believe makes March special:
14% Great temperatures/more sunshine
21% Fewer crowds
11% Good snowbase
4% Super deals
48% All of the above
2% I have never skied/rode in Vermont in March
Testimonial and referral is valuable, but Ski Vermont researchers also sought to validate opinions with quantitative data. Here's what was discovered:
1. Take a Layer Off: the average high for March is 37 degrees and the average low is a comfortable 20 degrees. Additionally, daylight hours are longer which allows for people to rise with the sun at 6:05 a.m. and enjoy après-ski sunsets at 7:00 p.m.
2. Fewer Crowds: Indeed, March does see a drop in skiers from the holiday vacation months of January and February. That's more mountain for you to enjoy!
3. Good Snow: Over the last three seasons, Vermont's average percentage of trails open for the entire month of March is 83%; that's more than 1000 trails to explore. March's soft and plentiful snow, coupled with the ideal temperatures, also makes it the perfect month for beginners to learn the sport.
4. Save a Buck: Those 52% of skiers and riders who visit Vermont in March for deals are very mountain-savvy. Lift ticket prices fall and bargains abound. More than 10 ski areas offer tickets for $39 or less and many also offer ski and stay packages. Here's a peak at some deals: http://www.skivermont.com/trip_planning/march_deals/
Not on the official list, but high on everyone's agenda, are special events! Fun activities are plentiful from concerts, rail jams, barbecues, beach parties, Mardi Gras, St. Patty's Day, Black Tie & Denim benefits….here's a few to (pond) skim over: http://www.skivermont.com/trip_planning/event/.
Director of Public Affairs
Vermont Ski Areas Association, Ski Vermont
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