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The ski season stoke may be winding down by March, but we’re just getting started.
The springtime holds some of the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding. Especially for mountains susceptible to extreme temperatures and winter storms, this time of year leaves their slopes ideal with sunny skies and deep snowpack.
Some location in California and Colorado have received record snowfall this 2022-2023 season, so there’s plenty of powder to be carved well into the summer. Skiing on the fourth of July? Sign us up.
Switch out your goggles to the bright lenses, grab the bibs and base layers, and let’s plan your next ski trip with the girls – it’s not over yet.
We hope you’re ready to whip out your Alpine Green jackets and pants because first up in spring time festivities is St. Patrick’s Day on and around March 17th. It’s no luck of the Irish that almost every resort out there isn’t passing up the chance to celebrate. No matter where you are, there’s a place to go jig… here’s our lucky 7 list of prime spots to visit on the week of St. Patrick’s Day:
No need to wait for the dry, hot days of Coachella and Lollapalooza… pop the skis off, leave them on the rack, and walk right into the most underrated music festivals of all time.
WinterWonderGrass takes place twice this year: in Steamboat Springs Colorado on March 3rd through March 5th, and in Tahoe California on March 31st through April 2nd. The festival features over 25 bands on 4 stages, heated beer hall tents, coffee depots, food trucks, and free mini-shows. If you can swing a three day weekend, get there early to take the Gondola to the top of the mountain to take part in the ranch-to-table dinner featuring the best of local Steamboat cuisine and breathtaking views of the Yampa Valley. The Tahoe twist on a mountain side farm-to-table dinner is the Tram-to-table, complete with complimentary wine, cider, and beer tasting at the top of Tahoe’s High Camp overlooking the Olympic Valley and Lake Tahoe.
If you haven’t heard Trampled by Turtles, cue them up for your next drive and let the rhythm of blues convince you of your new spring break plans.
Subaru’s Winterfest features artists with similar bluegrass vibes with a more family friendly atmosphere. Subaru sets up a Winterfest Village offering coffee, hot chocolate, and s’mores where you can chill out or have some fun with gear demos from all sorts of vendors. There’s even activities for DOGS!
It stops in quite a few places this spring… make sure to catch it when it swings by:
March 11-12: Copper Mountain, CO
March 18th: Park City, UT
March 24-26th:Snowbird, UT
April 1-2nd: Sierra at Tahoe, CA
April 8th: Boreal Mountain, CA
April 15-16th: Mt. Bachelor, OR
If you’re not ready for this kind of commitment (or bluegrass just isn’t your thing) check out your favorite resort’s websites for upcoming mini-shows, or just take a lap around the restaurants and bars at the base and let your ears be your guide. Lucky for us, live music isn’t hard to come by at a ski mountain in the springtime.
Ready to plug in and play your own tunes? Check out our Spring Skiing playlist for all of the upcoming bluebird days.
The warmth of a sun-soaked spring day sticks around better than a foot of powder in February… so don’t rush home. Resorts all over the country light up the slopes after sunset for an experience unlike anything the daytime hours can offer… Think Friday night lights for big kids. You need to try it at least once: here’s some night skiing locations that might be near you…
Squaw Valley Ski Resort, CA
Palisades Tahoe, CA
Steamboat Resort, CO
Keystone Resort, CO
Whitefish Mountain Resort, MT
Mt. Hood Skibowl, OR (the largest night skiing terrain in the states!)
Park City Mountain Resort, UT
Sundance Mountain Resort, UT
Brighton Mountain Resort, UT
… and this list is just off the top of our heads.
If you carve too hard during the day but are down to keep the good times rolling after hours, Winter Park Resort (Colorado) is the place for you- every weekend all spring long, Winter Park lights up their tubing hill forCosmic Tubing,the most colorful sledding experience you will ever have. Grab a group of friends and pile in or bring a partner for a night-skating dateunder the lights just below the tubing hill.
If you thought night skiing sounded a little off the beaten path, buckle up for this one. Seasoned skiers have all heard of a long standing spring tradition that happens on mountains across the country- pond skimming. Whether you spectate or participate, pond skimming is true entertainment at its finest. Skiers rocket down a slope to attempt skirting over some slushy pond water. We’re not sure what is more impressive: the successes, or the wipeouts.
Here’s another compilation of events we love (but check your local resort’s event calendar for a pond skim shindig near you):
Heavenly, Tahoe, CA- Pond Skim 2023: April 1-2nd (yes, the same weekend as Tahoe Winterwondergrass!)
Solitude, UT- Pond Skim Beach Party: April 8th
Steamboat Springs, CO- Splashdown Pond Skim: April 9th
Purgatory Resort, CO- Annual Pond Skim: April 9th
Winter Park, CO- Spring Bash and Splash: April 22nd-23rd
Palisades, Tahoe- The Cushings Crossing: May 13th
This 2023 ski season has been one of the best yet in terms of record snowfall and closing date extensions well into the late spring and early summer. If you’re looking to catch some laps after spring break, you’re in luck. Passholders – get the most out of your Ikon or Epic than ever before!
Soak up the sun, make the most of spring, and don’t cry because it’s over- smile because hiking season is almost here.
Have fun out there Halfdayers!
Bailey Ness is the CEO and Creative Director at Nesscessity, a creative marketing agency based in Denver, Co. When she isn't busy running her business (#bossbabe), she loves to ski, run & brunch.@baileynesss
Andie Jo Smith
Andie is the Content Manager at Halfdays. With a background in writing and photography, she bounces between Austin, Texas, California, and Colorado, creating and connecting with outdoor communities across the West.@andiejosmith