It may be the end of March - and the waning days of the ski and snowboard season at many resorts - but there are still piles of snow on the ground to melt and a whole lotta things to do before [R419R, Squaw Valley] stops running its lifts for the 2008-09 winter.

With the slopes expected to be open well into May, Squaw is offering late-season riding at a pretty good rate: $179 for its Spring Season Pass. This pass, which goes into effect March 29, is good seven days a week and after three days of riding the pass is essentially paid for. Plus it gets you free use of the swimming lagoon and spa at High Camp.

The Spring Season Pass will suit you well for participating in - or simply watching -- such annual late-season antics as the Gold Coast Demo Day April 4, the Peaks and Lagoon Spring Party Weekend at High Camp April 11-12, the Billy Dutton Uphill Race and the Push, Pull or Pedal Eco Parade, both April 18, and the Cushing Classic (whenever they decide to put it on).

If you don't ski or snowboard Squaw regularly enough to make the Spring Season Pass an economical option, how about taking advantage of the resort's Skiing for Schools day April 19? Squaw will offer a limited number of $25 lift tickets that day as part of the benefit for local educational programs; however, you have to purchase them in advance at Porters Sports shops in Truckee, Tahoe City, and Incline Village or online.