Dave Moulton, director of mountain ops at [R255R, Mount Snow], said, "Many New Englanders spend the month of March dreaming of budding flowers and backyard barbecues. But the wise skier or snowboarder knows that March offers some of the most ideal conditions of the season. The days are longer, the temperatures are warmer and the lift lines are shorter.

"You're bound to have sunny days near 60 degrees, but you can get a 2-foot snowstorm just as easily. Either way, you win," Moulton said.

He said base depths are typically at their peak in March and this season is no exception thanks to more than 10 feet of natural snow that has piled up at Mount Snow over the winter, combined with copious amounts of manmade snow from the mountain's 251 fan guns.

Snowmakers have stockpiled snow on the area's major trails to ensure good cover well into spring, he said.

Moulton said there are no blackout dates for season pass holders in March, and that 2009-10 season passes are on sale now and are good for the rest of this season as well.

Mount Snow offers a spring ski and stay package through April 12 that costs $72 per person and offers one day of midweek skiing and one night of lodging.

Late season events include the Bud Light Reggaefest March 27-29, pond skimming March 28, the Duct Tape Derby sled race March 29, and Winter Brewers' Festival April 4.