Mount Sunapee Resort's Bruce McCloy says, "We head into March with already having about 80 percent of our average annual snowfall and with base depths on our 52 snowmaking trails as deep as they have been in years."

This, McCloy says, with the snowiest month of the year still ahead.

The resort has big plans for spring, including the 5th annual Dummy Big Air Contest March 13.

"So start building your dummies," McCloy says.

Contest rules call for a maximum weight of 150 pounds, with entries pulled to the top of the run by no more than three people. No explosive or flammable materials may be used. The dummies may not be motorized. They must be built on skis or snowboard; not sleds or toboggans.

Over the past few years, Gov. Lynch of New Hampshire, Republican icon Sarah Palin, President Obama, and even the Health Care Bill have inspired entrants in the contest, McCloy says.

Same day registration begins at 9 a.m. in Spruce Lodge. The entry fee is $20. Judging is at 2 p.m., and the contest begins at 3 p.m. on lower Eggbeater.

 "All entry fees are used for cash prizes for most creative dummy, biggest air, and best crash. Join the fun in what has become one of our most popular spring events," he says.

Another sign of spring is the annual sale at Mount Sunapee Snowsports Shop,where jackets, pants, goggles, and helmets are at discounts from 10 percent to 30 percent off.

More information. Or call 603-763-3500.