March is my favorite time to ski. The snow is deep on the trails and in the woods, temperatures (usually) are mild and even on weekends, there’s rarely a lift line.

There’s more hours of daylight and a relaxed, kickback vibe as the ski season winds down. At the end of the day, sometimes earlier, it’s time to have a beer and soak up some sunshine for a tan and a healthy dose of vitamin D.

While the season still has several more weeks - even months at some northern areas, the end will be here before you know it.

But there’s still time to get in some incredible skiing and snowboarding.

Southern New England and New York ski areas will call it a season by the end of March. Already, Connecticut areas are starting to limit their operating hours to afternoon/evenings or weekends. Be sure to check an area’s web site and social media for hours.

Expect many larger resorts will close after Easter on April 21.

While snowfall totals have been below average for most of Connecticut, that’s not the case in northern New England and New York when deep bases remain with nearly 100 percent of trails open.

Conditions

Warm temperatures and sunshine can quickly change conditions from packed powder to slush.

Those who don’t like pushing heavier, wet snow should start their day when lifts start turning and quit by the early afternoon. Wait and you’ll pay the price will less than ideal conditions.

The day starts with the firmer, packed powder and progressively, conditions gets “variable” with each passing hour. Variable can me all kinds of snow conditions from blissful packed power to thigh-burning crud.

Snow maintains its firmness on the upper mountain trails the longest.

As the temps rise, ski on part of the trail that remains in the shadow of the trees for a harder snow.

North-facing trails are often the best picks during the warmer days because they’re the last to get the full impact of the sun’s strongest rays.

Hit the south-facing trails first because snow can quickly soften by 11 a.m.

The daily cycle or snow melting then freezing creates “corn snow.” This kernel-like snow can create some wonderful runs during the spring.

Check the current conditions at snocountry.com

Okemo’s South Face area in Vermont is a great area to get some spring skiing in. Trails like Dream Weaver, Rim Rock, Off the Rim are groomed intermediate runs that off a 1,100-foot vertical drop. Steeper black trails like Punch Line, Blind Faith and Wild Thing offer fast runs to the base of the South Face Express Quad.

Because of the trails southern exposure, the trails get the most direct sunlight.

From the top of the South Face, take the Upper Mountain Road trail for an easy, yet beautiful path through the snow-covered trees. This gentle trail takes you to the Jackson Gore area that has a developed base of a hotel, housing units, ice house and even a roller coaster.

Jackson Gore does have some very steep trails like Limelight, Quantum Leap and Big Bang. Intermediates could easily handle all of them thanks to Okemo’s manicured grooming. Again, you’ve got to hit these trails early for the best - and definitely, easier conditions.

Last summer, longtime owners Tim and Diane Mueller sold Okemo to Vail resorts. The Muellers, who owned Okemo since the 1982, transformed the area into a major resort. In their honor, Vail renamed the Defiance Trail as Muellers’ Run. A nice gesture.

Deals

The best deals out there this spring is Killington’s Nor’beaster pass. Costing $229, the pass pays for itself after two days of skiing or snowboarding because a single-day ticket costs $119. Killington is the last area in the east to close.

That’s because Killington makes a huge stockpile of snow. Last week, I spent a couple of days at Killington and was amazed at the massive spine of snow it created from the top to bottom. The height of the snow pile tops the lift towers of the Superstar quad lift.

You can start using the base on March 15 and ski/ride until the end of the season. Last year it ended its season on May 26. In the 2016-17 season, it closed on June 1. The last trail to lose is always Superstar.

The spring is a good time to see what’s being offered for season passes for next season. Many offer free spring skiing if you buy a pass for next year. Prices are also much cheaper this time of year.

Be sure to check the daily price for lift ticket as the season begins to melt away. Do not go blindly up to a ticket window and expect to get the lowest price.

The weather

If you’re heading to the northern mountains, also check out the National Weather Service’s Mountain Point Forecast. It tells you what the weather will be on the mountain from summit temperature to how strong the winds will be.

It’s the best forecast going.