By March, the shorter, darker and colder days of the year have worn off and ski resorts across Colorado enjoy the lion’s share of beautiful, sunny days. While warm, mountain sunshine on your face is reason enough to book a trip to the mountains in March, there’s also plenty more impetus. Here’s everything you need to know about skiing in March in Colorado, including why it’s so great:
Yes! Colorado ski resorts are still open in March
Every single ski resort is open through March, with most Colorado resorts closing first and second week of April. In fact, Colorado ski resorts often see their deepest snow bases during this month since it’s typically still snowing. Some years, it snows well into May and some resorts will even re-open for Memorial Day skiing. It’s not uncommon for Arapahoe Basin to stay open until the 4th of July.
It’s sunny and warm—when it’s not snowing!
Colorado ski resorts are located in the Rocky Mountains and boast the highest elevation in the lower 48. This means even in the dead of winter—when the sun is out—you feel it. However, that strength pales in comparison to Colorado’s spring-time sunshine. Since Colorado is technically considered part of the Southwest, the sun gets quite high in the sky in the spring and summer, providing copious amounts of direct rays. For snow-loving sun baskers and fair-weather skiers and riders, nothing beats March in Colorado. Just don’t forget to bring your SPF, sunglasses and hat/buff.
Fresh or soft, slushy snow is likely
Whether your prefer sun-warmed slush conditions or spring powder, it’s likely you’ll experience one or both on a ski trip to Colorado in March. Generally, if it’s not snowing, it’s warm and beautiful and if it’s not warm and beautiful, it’s snowing! In fact, March is often the snowiest month for many parts of the Centennial state, according to The Denver Channel 7.
Plus, if you’re a beginner, spring is an excellent time to learn. The snow is soft and forgiving, and the warmer, sunnier days make for more enjoyable learning conditions. Learn more →
Après-ski is exceptional
For those who prefer outdoor patios for their post-skiing celebrations, March in Colorado is exceptional. On-mountain social gatherings are also notable during this perfect time of year. Don’t miss The Little Nell’s Oasis Champagne Bar on Aspen Mountain or the opportunity to experience an on-mountain lunch of afternoon cocktail at Aspen Highlands’ Cloud Nine or Telluride’s Alpino Vino or Bon Vivant. Crested Butte’s new Umbrella Bar provides stunning mountain views and al fresco enjoyment.
It’s Spring Break! Which means events galore
The longer, warmer days in the mountains lend themselves nicely to outdoor concerts and competitions. In March, Aspen Snowmass hosts three free concerts as part of their Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series. March 5–10, the Burton US Open returns to Vail and with it 100+ of the world’s best riders. Steamboat’s Rock the Boat kicks off March 3 with a free concert series on Saturdays through closing day. Musical performances for March 2018 include Donavon Frankenreiter (10/3), Ripe (10/10), Turkuaz (10/17), The Suffers (10/24) and The Goonies. Learn more about top spring events at ski resorts →
The days are longer = more outdoor activities
Longer days means more time for time of out of doors, including skiing! Aspen Snowmass recently announced they are extending lift hours at all four mountains until 4 p.m.–4:15 p.m. March 9 through April 6. Other must-do spring activities include mountain coaster rides at Snowmass‘ Elk Camp, Copper Mountain, Vail’s Adventure Ridge and Steamboat Resort.
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.