This weekend marks the start of Ontario March Break, a time when kids (and teachers) are off for one entire week in the ski season. Quebec’s March break is one week sooner which has even a better timing on the skiing calendar. Many family ski vacations take place around the Christmas Holidays, March break has always been more attractive for skiing. Although most parents have to use up more vacation days, everything else from potential available terrain and pricing is better in March than late December. Its the best options if you don’t want your kids to miss too many school days.
Historically, the week of March Break wasn’t that important in my ski seasons until my kids started skiing. Prior to finishing High School, my mother wouldn’t be able to take the time off, however once I was old enough I would take the Ski bus from Montreal to go skiing. A week trip in CEGEP was a blast and meet some good friends during these weeks, however once in University, ski trips during that week ended as I focused on my papers and started preparing for my exams (after all the prior two and half months was devoted to the ski team). I didn’t retake advantage of that time until Morgane started school. During that time I would take advantage of one week off work to leave the local ski areas and explore or ski places that I like or my kids would like. One of the factors that would help make my decision is the presence of deals. Places like Mad River Glen free season pass 12 & under and the Ski Free Passport in various states or provinces (see notes below) are amongst the things that have driven us to specific places. These are a few factors that can dictate the destinations for specific Spring Break days.
In March 2008, Morgane used the New Hampshire Grade 5 Passport to ski free during that week. It was a great family vacation. Check out the pictures in this post (click on pictures to access specific TR). This season we’re hoping to get a few days in the State of New York or make it to Mad River Glen, however injuries, a young daughter finish a bad flu and sick cat might keep us from leaving much this March.
Here is a list of my previous Spring Break ski time off. Some of the days listed below (bold) are linked back to Trip Reports for those certain days.
2004: one day escapade to Vermont
31 Lu, 15 Mar 04 Mad River Glen
2005: mostly day trips from my Mothers’ in Montreal
30 Lu, 14 Mar 05 St-Bruno
31 Ma, 15 Mar 05 Stowe
32 Me, 16 Mar 05 Mad River Glen
33 Je, 17 Mar 05 Mad River Glen
34 Ve, 18 Mar 05 Orford
2006: Laurentians for the youngest/Vermont with the oldest
35 Ma, 14 Mar 06 Vallée Bleue
36 Me, 15 Mar 06 Belle Neige
37 Je, 16 Mar 06 Smugglers’
38 Ve, 17 Mar 06 Sugarbush
39 Sa, 18 Mar 06 Bolton
2007: two-day escapade to Vermont
31 Lu, 12 Mar 07 Mad River Glen
32 Ma, 13 Mar 07 Mad River Glen
2009: Charlevoix and Gray Rocks’ last call
28 Lu, 16 Mar 09 Grand Fonds
29 Ma, 17 Mar 09 Le Massif
30 Je, 19 Mar 09 Gray Rocks
31 Ve, 20 Mar 09 Gray Rocks
35 Ma. 16 Mar 10 Mad River Glen
36 Me. 17 Mar 10 Mad River Glen
37 Je. 18 Mar 10 Mad River Glen
38 Ve. 19 Mar 10 Smugglers’
No family skiing due to injury
Oldest is injured again. No plans made.
Kids Ski for Free – grade 4, 5 or 6 🙂
We’ve taken advantage of this for both daughter. Grade 4 NY Passport (hoping to use it), Grade 5 NH Passport (Vermont has one too) and Eastern Canada has one that now covers Grade 4 & 5.
A free season pass is available for all kids 12 and under (as of 1/1/12) with the purchase of a Family Mad Card or Adult Season Pass. Co-op Shareholders only have to pay their APR on time and register their children prior to the deadline to qualify for free children’s passes.