Spring is a bittersweet time of year for us skiers and snowboarders. As the days get longer we’re reminded that winter is coming to a close. In less than two months most North American ski resorts will stop the bullwheel from turning for the season. But don’t fret, there’s still plenty of time to get your turns in and there’s no better time of year to get your apres-ski party on. Aside from waist-deep powder, there’s nothing like warm, slushy spring skiing. If you have experienced a great day on the slopes followed by the perfect post-skiing celebration you can only imagine the sort of fun to be had on closing day, which is essentially an enormous, weekend-long apres-ski party to send off an entire season of great skiing and snowboarding. Here are a few of our favorite resorts to celebrate the close of ski season.
The World Pond Skimming Championships at Spring Back to Vail
As one of the U.S.’s biggest and most popular ski resorts, you can bet Vail celebrates closing day in a big way. Spring Back to Vail is packed into two weekends of sun, snow and smiles. April 11-12 celebrate your epic day on the slopes with free outdoor concerts. On Vail Closing Day, Sunday, April 20, don’t miss the highly attended and anticipated World Pond Skimming Championships at Golden Peak plus après after-dark parties, base area giveaways and much more. Check out our spring ski deals to Vail.
Renowned as the biggest spring apres-ski party in the East, Killington’s Nor’Beaster includes concerts, competitions, sunshine, food, corn snow and pond skimming. On Saturday, April 19, pond skimming contestants sail across ice-cold water on their skis or snowboard and are judged on length of skim, costume, splash and crowd cheer. Check out our spring ski deals to Killington.
Schneetag at Snowmass
Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) is the German word for “daredevil” and those who participate in Snowmass‘ 7th annual Schneetag certainly are foolhardy. Teams of four conceptualize and build human-powered crafts which will carry them down a slope and (hopefully) across the ice-melt pond located in front of Spider Sabich. The teams are not only judged on skim, but also on a costume, theme and choreographed skit. The event is as silly as it sounds. Check out our spring ski deals to Snowmass.
Aspen Highlands Closing Day
For a more traditional closing day experience that consists of costumes and dancing Aspen Highlands, one of Aspen/Snowmass’ “Power of Four” resorts, is the place to go. There’s nothing like celebrating another great season on the books atop 12,392 -foot Aspen Highland Bowl summit followed by a champagne-fueled, table-top dance party at Cloud Nine Bistro and concluded with a lively live DJ set at the base area.
If you’re looking to combine sun, fun and snow with some great live music Copper’s Sunsation closing festivities will fit the bill. This year Sunsation is spread out over wild two weekends. April 12-13 includes the Red Bull Slope Soakers, a progressive pond skim contest and the world-famous Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, back by popular demand. The following weekend the Color Run is held on Saturday morning, April 19, followed by a live concert in the base area. And since Easter Sunday falls on April 20 this year, Copper is hosting Colorado’s largest egg hunt. The season concludes with a live music dance party in the base village. Check out our spring ski deals to Copper Mountain.
Heavenly’s Spring Loaded
This year’s Spring Loaded starts March 28 and lasts through April 5 and brings together the best of Californian spring sunshine and Lake Tahoe snow. Festivities include Heavenly’s popular Unbuckle Apres Party at Tamarack Lodge, featuring the lovely Heavenly Angels go-go dancers, Red Bull Snow Warz, a snowboarding and freeskiing slopestyle competition, and more. Check out our spring ski deals to Heavenly.
Park City Closing Day
There’s a lot to celebrate on Sunday, April 20 at Park City. The resorts 50th year in operation comes to close so you can bet there will be plenty of parties, concerts and contests to properly send off the 2013/14 ski season. When the celebrations wind down on the mountain head to downtown Park City for more end-of-season fun. Check out our spring ski deals to Park City.
Whistler Blackcomb World Ski & Snowboard Festival
End your season on a high note at Whistler Blackcomb’s World Ski and Snowboard Festival, a 10-day and night showcase of the latest in the skiing and snowboarding world. The event combines Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series with action sports and lifestyle fashion, photography and film, the best spring snow conditions and Whistler’s world-renowned nightlife. Not only is it a great time to ski Whistler Blackcomb, because of fewer crowds, but it’s also the perfect way to celebrate another ski season down. Held April 11-April 20, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival abuts the closing day of Whistler Mountain and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Blackcomb Mountain is scheduled to stay open until May 19, 2014. Check out our spring ski deals to Whistler Blackcomb.