Just before shooting from below zero to around the 40-degrees mark, nature left us with a gift of a ton more snow here in New York state. Some ski areas are reverting to spring operating hours, so be on alert, though Bristol Mountain lets us know night skiing continues through Sunday (so does Canadian cash at par, friends from the north country). Hunter Mountain, meanwhile, has turned off the lights on the weekends, with riding Saturdays and Sundays ending at 5 p.m. Holiday Valley ends night riding on Saturday.
Gore Mountain stays busy within the next week. How about Son Day Sundae Sunday on... Sunday. A parent pays full price (season passes count) and any son age 19 or under rides free. And on Wednesday, the first day of spring, Gore has a freebie with its ring in spring event. Present any Coca-Cola product and score one free lift ticket with the purchase of a full-price adult lift ticket.
At Belleayre, meanwhile, it's whatever gets you down the hill. Make a sled out of cardboard and duct tape and hit the slope behind the Longhouse Lodge at 1 p.m. No charge for this event.
Cockaigne calls it as it sees it with the "slush" weekend Saturday and Sunday.