We have investigated shortpulse multiphoton ionization of neon at wavelengths between 305 and 330 nm,
at intensities between 5.10^{13} and 5.10^{14} W/cm^{2}.
Photoelectron energy and angulardistributions are recorded in an electron imaging spectrometer.
We find resonant transitions to the acStark shifted 5photon states 2p^{5}3d and 2p^{5}4s to be dominant ionization paths at the shorter wavelengths.
At wavelengths >310 nm these states lie above the 5photon energy and are therefore closed channels.
Under these conditions nonresonant 6photon ionization occurs at the lowest intensities.
At higher intensities, the ponderomotive shift closes the 6photon ionization threshold, and a new resonant path opens via 6photon resonances with eve
n parity. This path gives rise to angular distributions that are characteristic for intermediate states with 2p^{5}nfcharacter.
