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Killington launches Nor’Beaster of a spring line-up

The days are longer and brighter, the snow softer, and the events are getting kicked up into celebration mode March-to-May at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain.

For those that don't have a season pass, the Nor'Beaster Spring Pass allows all ages to ski Killington and Pico from March 15 to the end of the season for just $199.

The upcoming line-up of events makes that pass deal even sweeter this year with the return of the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, family fun activities, live music performances, park jams, pond skimming, barbecues, and May Day Slalom capped off with a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Hit your spring stride starting this weekend at Killington and Pico!

MARCH 16-17

SNO-CAT SLEIGH RIDES: This Saturday, March 16 is the last day for Sno-cat drawn sleigh ride. It's a special adventure as you undulate along the trails in your sleigh crafted from chairlift seats and ski-shaped runners. The 20-30 minute rides depart from Cooper's Coffee in Snowshed Lodge at 5 p.m.

SHAMROCK SCAVENGER HUNT: On Sunday, March 17, join the Bud Light Shamrock Scavenger Hunt, a resort-wide adventure hunt for teams or individuals at Killington Resort. Participants ski/ride around the resort to find strategically placed Shamrocks hidden on green circle trails and return to the Killington tent to claim a prize. Registration is 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the tent outside the Snowshed or K-1 Base Lodge. There will be an apres-ski party for those who to continue the festive spirit.

WOMEN'S WEEKEND: For the adventurous woman who wants to be inspired as well as to improve, March 16-17 is the final 2013 Women's Weekend with Olympic Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht and her team of women pros. The program includes a 2-day lift ticket, meals, daily coaching and video analysis, and experiencing the Ledgewood Yurt! 

MARCH 21-24

SNOE.DOWN: Snoe.down 2013, is an all-ages Winter Music and Sports Festival from March 21-24, features performances by moe. in Killington and the Spartan Arena in Rutland. This is a chance to see one of the top groups in today's "jamband movement." Moe. tours have included Woodstock '99, New York's Central Park, Japan, and Europe.

They have toured with legendary acts like The Dead, The Allman Brothers, Robert Plant, and The Who. They are critically acclaimed for both songwriting and studio work with the 2001 studio album DITHER awarded four stars by Rolling Stone.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 21 with two parties: one features rock pianist Marco Benevento with special guest Mike Pederson at the Wobbly Barn and the other the jam-heavy Dead Sessions at the Pickle Barrel. Doors open for both at 8 p.m.

Then moe. will headline concerts both Friday and Saturday nights at Spartan Arena at 9 p.m. New Orleans funk band Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk will precede moe. on Friday at 7 p.m. and the reunion of the original members of Vermont rockers Strangefolk join moe. at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

Afternoon performances will take place Friday at the K-1 Lodge featuring Brooklyn-based jazz/funk/pop quartet Tauk (12:30-2 p.m.) followed by the Brasstronica quintet The Primate Fiasco (3:30-5 p.m.). Also performing on Friday at Snoe.Shed (Snowshed) Lodge are progressive string band Floodwood (12:30-2) and electro-rock band Jimkata (3:30).

On Saturday at the Bear Mountain outdoor stage, Eastbound Jesus (noon to 12:45) will warm up the crowd for moe. who will take the stage at 1 p.m.

The Mallet Brothers are at the K-1 Lodge from 1:30 to 3:30 to round out a weekend on Sunday March 24.

A portion of all Snoe.down tickets are being donated to Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Vermont's year-round sports and recreation organization empowering individuals with disabilities.

March 23, Pico offers a mix of ski history and fun by hosting the 10th Annual Vermont Antique Ski Race. Everyone racing must be on skis from days gone by and if you didn't save yours, they will have some on hand to use.

There are several divisions with prizes are awarded in each. In keeping with the historical motif of the day, many or the racers wear period ski clothing with awards presented for best vintage attire.

Race registration is from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Sunshine Room on the first floor of Pico's base lodge with race start at 11 a.m. and awards at 3 p.m. The fee of $29 includes lunch and a commemorative pin with $20 of the fee benefiting the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum.

PASSHOLDER PARTY: The My Pico Season Passholder party (for those with 2012-13 or 2013-14 My Pico season passes) will also take place, March 23, with live music on the deck (weather permitting) and complimentary barbecue.

TUBING: Tubing at the Killington Tubing Park is also open just a few more days-Thursdays through Sundays, through March 24, conditions permitting.

MARCH 30-31

PARK JAM: On Saturday, March 30, the Nor'Beaster continues with The Hibernation Park Jam and party at Bear Mountain. The events include moguls, big air, halfpipe, rail jams, retail closeouts, barbeque, and prizes, including  a 40" Flat Screen TV.

VT FOOD SAMPLING: For a tasty treat for the entire family, Ski Vermont's Specialty Food Days Sampling Tour visits Killington on Saturday, March 30 and Pico Mountain on Sunday, March 31. Skiers and riders can sample a variety of Vermont products, from maple to cheese from companies like Cabot, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Ben and Jerry's, Kimball Brook Farms, and Vermont Peanut Butter among others. 

EASTER SUNRISE: Easter is celebrated with a Sunrise Service at Snowshed on Sunday, March 31 with the doors opening at the Cooper's Coffee entrance to the building at 6:30 a.m. for access to the third floor Chandelier Room where the 7 a.m. service will be followed by beverages and baked goods. Pastor Bev Anderson of the Sherburne United Church of Christ leads the service.

EGG HUNT: The annual Easter Egg Hunt follows with colorful plastic eggs with candy inside hidden around the Snowshed and Ramshead base lodges. The "golden eggs" will contain prizes. A special area at Ramshead will be offered from 9 to 10:30 for the tiny tots - look for the red-coated Ambassadors to help the little ones find their treats!


MOGUL CHALLENGE: The iconic Bud Light Bear Mt. Mogul Challenge returns a great spring tradition to Killington with live music, a vendor village, and the king of bump amateur competitions on April 6 and 7 with great prizes for division winners on Sunday, including New Balance footwear for all finalists. Pre-registration online is available to amateurs only (USSA members or anyone who has been a member as a racer in the past five years is ineligible). The first 200 pre-paid registrants will be issued bibs with Saturday drawing for unclaimed bibs. Don't miss this event! It's the party of the year on snow as mogul mania hits Outer Limits!


PASSHOLDER BBQ: On April 13, Season Pass Holders can enjoy a free BBQ lunch at the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars Vermont Brewfest featuring Long Trail, Otter Creek, Harpoon, and other Vermont ale companies. Local shops will be offering demos and selling skis and boards at a discount.


POND SKIMMING: The wacky, wet and wild Pond Skimming contest on April 20 
at the bottom of Superstar is another great participatory and spectator event that should not be missed.

MAY DAY SLALOM: April 27 features a barbecue outside the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars with live music. The traditional May Day Slalom will see the whales of snow put to good use on Superstar.

MAY 4-5
TRIATHLON: The May 4-5 Killington Triathlon and Cinco De Mayo party will test those who can ski Superstar, bike the Killington work roads, and run down to the Snowshed Base Lodge and back up to the Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars.

The Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars will be the place to celebrate Cinco De Mayo in style with live music and drink specials.