7 Ways to Celebrate Spring on the Snow

As the days get longer and the sun shows up more and more, it’s time for two sure signs of springtime in Vermont: maple syrup and corn snow. Get out and make the most of the sunshine with these awesome events over the next two weeks. From the U.S. Biathlon National Championships this weekend (don’t miss the clinics for newcomers to the sport), to a pitch competition for Vermont entrepreneurs, to mogul competitions and crazy Nordic races, there are plenty of ways to celebrate spring this week in Vermont.

March 29-31 | U.S. Biathlon National Championships, Jericho

Watch the best biathletes in the country compete at the Ethan Allen Firing Range. Bring your own skis on Saturday for the 5K Novice Biathlon race and clinic. Volunteer at the event to ski for free. Plus, don’t miss the banquet on Saturday night, starting at 6 p.m. in the Walker Building at the Ethan Allen Firing Range for a chance to eat dinner with top athletes.

There will also be a “Girls With Guns” clinic on Saturday, where girls 10-18 can learn to shoot and ski with the U.S. Women’s National Team from 3-5 p.m.

March 28 | 15th Annual Peak Pitch Vermont, Sugarbush 

At this networking and fundraising event, entrepreneurs are paired on a chairlift with an investor or advisor and provided the chance to deliver their elevator pitch on the way up the mountain.

March 30 | Hibernation Park Jam, Killington

Join fellow park skiers and riders for a fun lunch and park jam with divisions for groms, men and women in both ski and snowboard categories.

March 31 | Glade-iator Challenge, Mount Snow

A mogul skiing competition on the soft springtime bumps of the legendary Ripcord trail. Bump and jump skills will be judged based on time, form, line and aerial maneuvers on the jumps. Spectators, don’t miss the slopeside cash bar.

March 30-April 1 | The Triple Crown Challenge, Mad River Glen

Test your mastering of skiing in three epically fun competitions at Mad River Glen this weekend. Kick off the fun with the Unconventional Terrain Competition, where skiers must find the perfect line through the steeps, cliffs, rocks and jumps of the Lift Line course. For the second day of competition, try the MRG Mogul Challenge on Chute—so single chair riders can watch the action from above. Finally, test your stamina and speed in the Vertical Challenge. Not just any trail counts—all runs have to be made on Chute. The record is 31 runs and over 60,000 vertical feet of skiing.

Results from all three events will be combined to determine the series king and queen of General Stark Mountain. There is also a juniors category for those 14 and under.

April 6-7 | The Sugar Slalom, Stowe

Held since 1939, this two-day alpine ski racing event can attract more than 1,000 racers and up to 600 spectators. All participants are invited to dress up in costumes that best represent the theme: celebrating spring. The race has stayed true to its roots as a celebration of sugaring season and all things spring, with a Mardi Gras atmosphere, live music, barbecue, great racing and awesome costumes. Did we mention the sugar on snow, pickles and Cold Hollow Cider donuts at the finish line? For more about the long history around skiing and sugaring in Vermont, check out this story from the Spring issue of our sister publication, Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine.

April 7 | Cochran’s Nordic Cross, Richmond

See how fast you can go uphill, downhill, through slalom gates and over jumps and obstacles in this festive citizens’ race for all ages. Don’t miss the free pancake breakfast with Slopeside Syrup!


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