Don’t put those skis or boards down in the basement just yet.
Because of substantial snowfalls this winter, skiers and snowboarders are in for a banner spring season. With warmer weather, less crowded slopes and special deals that can’t be matched during the mid-winter months, spring skiing is far from overrated.
What’s more, the majority of ski resorts add an array of festive activities to their spring skiing menu in order to spice up things for their guests, such as sloppy slalom races and free concerts. For many passionate skiers and riders, the ski season comes and goes much too quickly each year. However, this year’s spring skiing promises to extend the downhill fun so that your last run could still be a month, two, or even three away.
With a name befitting its weather, Sun Valley means blue skies and endless sunshine. The annual Cold Bowl Pond Skim and Dollar Days celebrate the last day of the season for Dollar Mountain with costumes as all ages try skiing or snowboarding across the water. Epic Pass and Snow Pass holders can also receive 25 percent off from March 1 to the end of the season with this special package. Bald Mountain will stay open until mid-April, and Dollar Mountain’s last day of the season is projected to be March 29. With an average snowfall of 220 inches, spring skiers can almost always rely on excellent conditions.
Choosing to come to Niseko during spring has become increasingly popular option over the last few years. Spring in Niseko is known for its amazing weather. If you prefer a relaxing holiday with fewer crowds, then spring is the ideal time to visit. Enjoy the slopes without waiting in lift lines and find fresh tracks much easier. Annupuri, Niseko Village and Grand Hirafu resorts are all expected to stay open through May 6. Niseko United always aims to stay open through the Japanese Holiday “Golden Week“in early May. To date Niseko United has received over 275 inches of snow.
When it comes to spring skiing, it’s hard to beat Northstar at Lake Tahoe. Spring weather elevates the pristine outdoor settings for daily traditions such as a free tōst at Lake Tahoe’s only ski-up bubbly bar and s’mores and hot cocoa in the Village. Listen to music at the Rink Stage while sipping on a Dirty Snowman. Wrap up the day around the fire pits at the new Bourbon Pub Northstar, which offers a cozy family-friendly setting with games, music and an outdoor bar.
Breckenridge is wrapping up its snowiest February in history with more than ten feet of snow. Thus far this season, Breck has received a whopping 321 inches of snowfall. The Spring Finale kicks off April 20 with an array of festivities through May 25 including Splash into Spring Pond Skim, Spring Finale Music Series, DJ Cat pop-up performances and more.
Spring skiing at Sunday River kicks off with Spring Festival, a weekend-long island themed party that celebrates sun and skiing the first weekend in April. You’ll also see a lot of tailgating in the parking lots and goggle tanning on the decks. Special events include Spring Fest (April 3-5), Pond-A-Palooza pond skimming (April 11) and the Great Tailgate (April 18). Sunday River received over three feet of snow in February alone, so conditions are awesome from the groomers to the woods. Sunday River usually stays open until the last weekend in April or first weekend in May.
Spring skiing at Beaver Creek is filled with blue skies and sun-filled decks. With Spruce Saddle, Talons and Mamie’s all offering decks with incredible views, there’s no better place to soak in the spring sun. Conditions have been incredible all season. Special activities can be found at the on-mountain restaurants, and Beaver Creek Extraordinaire presents Bloom in Beaver Creek Village. During Bloom guests can embrace all the sounds, scents and flavors of the spring season. Beaver Creek will close April 12 and with 241 inches of snow recorded thus far, it seems likely there’ll be excellent conditions right through the end of the season.
One of the country’s most luxurious ski resorts, Deer Valley Resort expects to stay open until April 12. With a base of 70 inches and a snowfall total of just under 200 inches for the season, Deer Valley will hold spring skiing activities on the ‘ski beach’ at Silver Lake. There’ll be talented musicians at EBS Lounge along with a race against former World Cup Alpine Ski Racer Heidi Voelker on the NASTAR course on March 29 and against two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety on April 4.
Spring Skiing has a long tradition in Zermatt because the ski area reaches up to 3,899 meters above sea level. Therefore the snow conditions in spring are still very good. With the sun on your face, skiing in spring is a real pleasure. Europe’s highest ski resort offers something special with fantastic snow conditions, grippy pistes and glorious spring sunshine.
Stratton boasts one of the most picturesque settings you’ll find at any ski resort, with an impressive mountain that accommodates every level of skier. Spring is one of the best times to be at Stratton as the snow is soft, the sun is out, the Village is warm and the outdoor après is bursting with energy. Stratton is primed to receive their usual “Miracle March” snowstorms, which always add a nice touch to spring skiing. Specials include Kids Ski Free along with 40 percent off selected lodging properties. Activities you won’t want to miss are: March 28, Spring Fling & Pond Skim, Mardi Gras Village Winterfest; April 10-11, Wondergrass Presents Sugar & Strings Music Festival. Stratton expects to stay open until the middle of April, perhaps longer if Mother Nature cooperates.