Alpine (Downhill) Skiing in CNY in March

For much of the United States, March is a time for Cherry Blossoms, tulips and the launch of spring. For the hearty souls who live in or visit Upstate NY, March is also the month for late winter skiing.

The warmer March temps (averaging in the mid 30’s to mid 40’s) and heavy base snows of the past four months make skiing a pleasant adventure for the entire family. In addition to warmer temperatures, March usually brings in a few good late season storms to add to the snow pack. For example, just this past week our area of Central New York received 18” of new lake effect goodness- delivered as an equal opportunity for skiers and snowboarders alike!

Gearin' up for downhill adventure & then to Wellnesste for cocoa
Gearin' up for downhill adventure & then to Wellnesste for cocoa
Sophie downhill skiing fun at Woods Valley in CNY
Sophie downhill skiing fun at Woods Valley in CNY

Being that March is considered “latter season” for downhill adventures, you can also find some great discount deals on lodging and ski lift tickets. Many area resorts have specials from week to week so it’s always good to contact them a few days before you plan to come up & ask about the latest conditions and ski package discounts.

Lights coming on for the thrill of night skiing
Lights coming on for the thrill of night skiing

Two of our personal favorite Central New York downhill ski resorts are Snow Ridge and Woods Valley. Our family and many of our guests love the convenience and family-friendly atmosphere of these two local gems. With hills from beginner to expert, they offer a nice variety of skiing challenges for all age groups and skill levels. Both resorts are so kid-friendly that the local schools even use them for their school ski clubs. Our cabins are just a short drive (20-40 min) from these ski hills so a day trip of skiing followed by a rendezvous at your Wellnesste Cabin where you can gather with your friends and family for a hearty meal & a board game is always in the cards.

So… don’t be content with sitting on the couch for the month of March. Get outdoors and enjoy some fun late winter downhill skiing in beautiful Upstate New York. And of course, if you need a place to stay- “we’ve got a cabin waitin’ for ya.”