School colors will be zipping down the slopes starting Monday, when College Week comes to the Sunday River and Sugarloaf ski resorts. The annual festivities bring discounted lift tickets, tons of live music and a rocking off-campus party scene.

Both mountains will offer $39 lift tickets (with college ID) from Monday through Friday and plenty of deals on ski and stay packages.

“It’s a weeklong party,” said Darcy Morse, director of communications at Sunday River. “It’s a chance for the students to get away from the books.”

With the recent storm dumping almost 2 feet of snow on the mountains — plus what the resorts’ staffs have cranked out with snow guns — the conditions should be ideal for beginner and expert skiers and boarders alike.

Among the live acts on tap, the big name is reggae artist Jah Cutta, who performs Tuesday night at Sunday River. The Canadian headlined Reggae Fest at Sugarloaf a few years ago, and this time brings his high-intensity stage show to Newry.

Another not-to-miss event at Sunday River is the Red Bull Mountain Opps scavenger hunt on Wednesday. Participants will form teams and have one hour to traverse the mountain’s eight peaks in search of clues.

What kind of clues? That remains to be seen. “It is being kept pretty tightly under wraps by Red Bull,” Morse said.

At the ‘Loaf, college students can look forward to a screening of the adrenaline-fueled ski flick “Work It Out” on Monday night and a hilarious live game show on Wednesday night.

“It’s a party all week long,” said Ethan Austin, communications manager for Sugarloaf.

Of course, whenever you gather a large group of coeds in one spot, hijinks are bound to follow. But whether or not the mountains have played host to icy toga parties or midnight streaking raids during College Weeks past, the resorts’ staffers won’t say.

“I honestly don’t have any stories to share,” Austin said. “But I’m sure the staff of the Widowmaker (Lounge) has countless crazy stories.”

For anyone who plans to down a contraband Four Loko or moon the slopes from a chondola, you’ll be relieved to learn that Morse confirmed: “What happens at College Weeks stays at College Week.”

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