The Empire State, like much of the country, has seen a much better winter for natural snowfall that last year. And naturally this allows the season to last just a few glorious weeks longer. This season, nearly half a dozen resorts will welcome skiers and riders to the slopes into mid-April. And with a host of events, lift ticket specials and early 2013/14 season pass discounts, New York state resorts are poised to take the spring out with a bang.
Here's a round up of who will be open this weekend and what -- besides awesome skiing and riding -- is on tap for late-season faithfuls.
Belleayre Mountain -- Reopening April 11 - April 14. Weekend events: Pond Skimming Slush Cup & 80's Retro Weekend. Midweek passes honored on 4/13 & 4/14. $29 tickets on Saturday & Sunday. Ski3 Season Passes are available for discounted rate of $739 (adults) through April 19. Valid at Belleayre, Gore and Whiteface for the 2013/14 season and close of the 2013/13 season.
Gore Mountain -- Reopening Friday-Sunday, April 12-14. Live music and fabulous food on the sundeck Saturday, 3-5pm Late-season lift tickets: $52 (Adults), $43 (Teen/Seniors), $29 (Children) Ski3 season pass deal with Belleayre and Whiteface (see above) prices increase April 20.
Greek Peak -- Reopening Saturday, April 13, 2013 (weather permitting). All Day Tickets are $58 adults, $49 juniors. Twilight Tickets (2-6pm) are $38. 2013/14 Season Passes start at $299 for one pass through April 21. ($349 after that date).
Holiday Valley -- Open daily through April 14 Monday-Friday 9AM to 4:30 PM, Sat-Sun 8:30AM to 4:30 PM. Call ahead to ensure operations. $25 for all. 2013/14 Season Passes availabe at pre-sale prices through April 30. $810 Combo pass for Adults offers full 8 hours of skiing or riding day/night anytime of the season. No restrictions.
Hunter Mountain -- Tentatively reopening April 13 - 14. 2013/14 Gold Pass available for $759 (Adults). Prices increase May 1, 2013.
Plattekill Resort -- Reopening April 13-14. 2013/14 Season Passes start at $550 for Adults. Price valid through April 30. 2013/14 season pass holders ski free the final weekend of this season.
Royal Mountain -- Open April 13 or 14 from 9:00 to 4:00 for End of the Season Party. Exact day TBD. Contact moutain in advance.
Song Mountain -- Tentatively reopening Saturday - Sunday, Apr 13 - 14, 9am - 5pm. Check website for details.
Whiteface -- Reopening Friday April 12 for Intermediate and above skiing and riding only, running the Face Lift, Summit Quad & Mountain Run Chair. Regular lift hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm will continue. Late season lift ticket pricing in effect: $49 Adult, $39 Teen/seniors & $29 Juniors. 2013/14 Whiteface-only season passes are available at lowest prices until April 19. Ski3 Pass offers skiing at Whiteface, Gore and Belleayre (see above.