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Weather in march

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Weather in march

We are hoping to visit Stowe the last week in march to ski, we will be travelling from the uk and do not want to take all our ski gear if there might not be any snow. I know its not possible to be really accurate but what are the usual snow conditions like? Or is there a better place in the usa with a 7 hour flight from London?

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1. Re: Weather in march

Weather has been sort of unpredictable in Vermont the past few years. I am pretty sure the Mts. will still be making snow in March. I have even seen it snow on Mother's Day. That was very unusual but it did happen. Originally from Philadelphia area, I can assure you it will be cold in March. Possible snow, which in Vermont during that time of year it take on the name of Sugar Snow. That is because it's usually the time they begin tapping the trees for that lucious maple syrup that Vermont is so well known for. You could even possilbly visit a sugarbush while your here. That is fun too.

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2. Re: Weather in march

No matter what resort you pick, skiing in New England in late March will almost certainly be classic spring skiing conditions.

As long as you don't insist on fluffy white powder, you should be fine. There almost certainly will be lots of machine-made snow even if Mother Nature serves up a warm end of winter.

Stowe is as good a bet as any for skiing that time of year. Other options within your "7 hour flight" window are Killington and Okemo, and Sugarbush, if Vermont is your desired destination.

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It's rare that March will be anything but excellent for Stowe regarding skiing, especially this year. It is truly the "ski capital of the East", and they're spending nearly a quarter billion dollars to completely redo the resort. The chair lifts are fast and easy, and there's a 12 person "Alpine Concierge" to take care of all your needs in and out of the mountain.

The conditions in Stowe in March are traditionally excellent. Weather, of course is always unpredictable, but the average mean temperature in March over the last 100 years is around 29 degrees, so that means snow will most likely be evident.

There's already almost a foot and a half up there!! :-)

Stowe, VT
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Something else to understand if you're coming to Vermont in the winter...it's a one destination kind of trip. If you come to Stowe to ski, you won't be travelling to Okemo or Sugarbush, because then you'll be spending all your time travelling, not skiing.

Stowe is the best ski area in Vermont. Period. Okemo, Sugarbush, Killington are also excellent, but can't compete with Stowe for accompanying services.

Killington gets good snow for example, but hasn't either the terrain, vertical or lift services to compete. Sherburne is nothing like Stowe, and they want to secede from Vermont anyway :-)

Sugarbush is fun, but terribly isolated with not much apres ski or community life. Don't even suggest Warren and Waitsfield are "vibrant" off the slopes, because that isn't true. :-)

Don't mind me, but when folks come into the Stowe forums, and posters suggest that you should go somewhere else that isn't Stowe, it may not be the most helpful kind of information.

Burlington, Vermont
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Stowe Concierge wrote:

<<Something else to understand if you're coming to Vermont in the winter...it's a one destination kind of trip. If you come to Stowe to ski, you won't be travelling to Okemo or Sugarbush, because then you'll be spending all your time travelling, not skiing.>>

Vermont is such a small state that if a person would choose to visit another ski area, the drive is generally easily done in 2 hours or less. You can drive the entire length of Vermont from top to bottom in 3 hours. If you have a rental car, and wish to sample places other than Stowe (and Stowe is indeed delightful), don't be scared off because someone tries to suggest it might be too far to get to another ski area.

Visitors like daisymayCornwall should also take with a major "grain of salt" recommendations that come from people on this board who have a direct, vested financial interest in steering people to Stowe, or any other place, for that matter.

Stowe, VT
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Suggesting someone drive 4 hours or less in the winter while looking to stay in Stowe wont get much skiing done, but will sure get a lot of driving done while seeing "other" parts of the state, looking for another place to ski "in the area".

Take 4 hours (or more) of driving around to say Okemo (which is 2 hours from Stowe each way) and back would sort of defeat the purpose of staying in Stowe to ski.

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7. Re: Weather in march

Hi gang, now no falling out here, Daisymay has asked, what we were wondering about, how much snow, we enjoyed Vt so much in October we are thinking about coming back to see some real snowfall, something we don't seem to get in the UK any more. For us flights are a reasonable price at that time of year, but, we don't ski, and probably never will. What about doing the touring bit anyway and seeing the sights in these conditions, doing a few short hikes at lower level etc, not just Stowe even though we loved it but we also liked the other towns too like Chester, Grafton etc. What are the lakes like at this time of year. Is the touring bit still available or is it all ski ski ski at this time.

Daisy, quite honestly if ski-ing is your only object then thats fine, but if you fancy a little look arount Vt then do it, its a beautiful state, we had a great time and are itching to go back. JD:)

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You ask what are the lakes like at the end of March in Vermont?

Well, they are likely frozen over, the spring thaw won't remove the ice until sometime in April.

End of March in Vermont often finds us with some nice, sunny and (relatively) warm days, temps in the 50s, sometimes into the 60s. There's less chance at the end of March of encountering slippery driving, making sightseeing driving safer than just a few weeks earlier.

Despite those who offer advice that would restrict visitors' choices and options, I would reiterate that if a visitor WISHES to sample other ski areas, they are relatively short drives. I would remind everyone that the O.P. specifically asked about other places to ski in the U.S., and did not limit her questions to Stowe.

Of course staying in Stowe and not venturing anywhere else saves time and will offer less driving and more skiing. But if that's the argument, there's lot of ski areas in France and Switzerland that are just a couple hours flying time from the U.K. , instead of a 7 hour flight over the Atlantic followed by a 3 hour drive from Boston to Stowe.

Stowe, VT
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To jessiedawg,

Winter touring in Vermont is quite different than ski destination travelling. Most everything is covered with snow and or ice, but there are a couple of new ice sports starting to catch on, making the frozen lake aspect of winter a little more appealing (besides ice fishing).

Something called "sail snowboarding" I think is being offered by a couple of adventuresome boarders down the Sugarbush way (in Waitsfield Warren area, Sugarbush/Lincoln Peak)...they have some great terrain down there, and I guess this is just like snowboarding, except when you grab air you can fly for awhile, or something like that. Warren Miller was talking about it late this summer, and it looks to be a lot of fun.

Burlington is really nice to tour in the winter too, the lake has a lot of different ecology levels going on depending on the depth of the freeze, and the lake runs ll the way up to Montreal.

Driving south through Killington is stunning, and you can get to really sweet winter picture postcard type places like Grafton, Chester, Wilmington, etc. Great skiing in all those areas too.

Don't forget to pack snowshoes in the trunk (or rent a pair somehwere. For this type of touring, the adventure presents itself quite spontaneously, and the new technology of snowshoeing makes that kind of adventure very possible.

Have fun!

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Hi Daisy May,

Getting back to your original question: Late March skiing is great here in Stowe. It's spring conditions, which means, sunshine, and warmer weather, lots of people hanging out on the cantina deck at Midway Lodge, lots of music and BBQ grills going in the parking lots. It's a long winter here, so we get a little crazy with Spring Fever! :)

It's also Sugar Season, which means the maple sap starts to run, and the Sugar Houses start boiling it into maple syrup, 24 hours a day for about 3-4 weeks. If you've never seen how this is done, it's pretty interesting. All the sugar makers in the State open up their doors for open house weekend, which is usually the last weekend in March.

If you don't want to bring all your gear, just pack your ski clothes and your boots. You can always demo the latest equipement at Pinnacle ski & Sports (on the Mountain Road) or at the Stowe Toys Demo center (on the Mountain itself.)

Safe travels and HAVE FUN!!!