As the snow starts to melt and the sun starts to shine, ski resorts across North America transform from a place of serious skiing to venues of wacky competitions, live music and more fun than you can imagine. Skiing in soft snow on a bluebird afternoon makes spring one of the best times to hit the slopes.
Resort calendars are already filled with events you don't want to miss, including Park City’s Spring Grüv Pond Skimming competition, Breckenridge's month-long Spring Fever Festival and the Bud Light Hi-Fi concerts in Aspen Snowmass.
Besides the sunshine, here are all of the things we love about spring skiing.
Photo: Spring skiing events in Aspen Snowmass
Learning to ski is easier
Springtime is the best time for beginners and first-timers on the ski slopes. With softer snow, warmer weather and clear skies, your can focus solely on perfecting your ski and snowboard skill base. While mid-season powder can be tiring for the legs, slushy-spring trails and bluebird days provide conditions for skiing success.
Food, concerts and patios
Gone are the early-season days of bundling layers and taking hot cocoa breaks to warm up after a few runs. Spring skiing is for less heavy clothing, enjoying a drink during lunch on a sunny patio and participating in all the parties and concerts. From Spring Fever in Breckenridge to the Bud Light Spring Jam in Aspen to Spring Grüv in Park City, most of our ski destinations provide big parties and events during March and April to close out the season.
Photo: Bud Light Hi-fi concerts in Aspen Snowmass
Unbeatable spring vibe
The vibe you get on the mountain during spring is unlike anything you'll ever experience. With consistent bluebird days, sunny hellos from passersby become more common and the atmosphere turns a little brighter—along with the clothing! Vintage, neon jumpsuits, swimsuits and sun screened faces make their way on the slopes while the outdoor grills get fired up for some post-skiing BBQ. The closing of ski season isn't just an ending, but a celebration!