Although the usual festive spring skiing activities such as sloppy slaloms and mountain scavenger hunts will be toned down dramatically this year in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines, there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy what is sure to be an epic spring skiing experience. With record snowfalls in many parts of the country, skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy the sport well into April, and beyond at some resorts. In addition to great snow conditions, most ski resorts offer special spring skiing packages which usually begin mid March. These ski resorts are sure to have excellent spring skiing conditions.
Deer Valley Ski Resort, Utah
Deer Valley hosted the freestyle moguls, aerial and alpine slalom events during the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has terrain that is suited for all levels of skiers. It is well known for wide, meticulously groomed trails. Spring skiing here usually begins in early March when they host skiers from all around the world. The resort recently came out of a storm cycle that dropped over three feet of snow in one week. Due to an early closure last year, skiers are extra hungry for a great spring ski season, which is tentatively scheduled to end April 11. Special spring ski packages are offered.
Stratton Mountain, Vermont
From its distinction as the highest peak in southern Vermont to its quaint Village at the base of the slopes, Stratton exudes personality. In the midst of an exceptional snowfall season (almost 11 feet of snow thus far), spring skiing at Stratton is sure to bring out the best in everyone. What makes this season even more special is for the past few weeks snow has come in the form of two small storms a week constantly refilling the trees, smoothing out trails and keeping the conditions ideal, no matter what type of terrain you enjoy. No specific closing date has been announced yet. Special spring ski packages are offered. Check here for additional savings.
Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
Comprised of four distinct mountains, guests can spend a week here without ever skiing the same terrain twice. At Aspen Mountain you can ski down the same runs that have hosted World Cup finals, and Snowmass offers the choice expert terrain to the long blue groomers and impressive beginner facilities for newcomers. Aspen Highlands avoids the spotlight, which is perfectly fine with the locals and in-the-know skiers and riders who tackle its uncrowded slopes, while Buttermilk has become an icon for freestyle riders and skiers. Scheduled closing date is April 18. Special spring ski packages are offered.
Vail Ski Resort, Colorado
Vail, a venerable ski resort of massive proportions, recorded over four feet of snow in February alone. Vail has over 5,100 acres of skiing and riding open with deep coverage across all of its legendary Back Bowls, where expert skiers come to test their mettle. With 53% of all terrain labeled “advanced,” Vail is a mountain that provides plenty of challenges for even the most experienced skier. Scheduled closing date is April 11.
Sunday River, Maine
Featuring eight interconnected mountain peaks, Sunday River boasts 870 acres of terrain and 53 miles of trails. Snow enthusiasts are skiing and riding across all eight peaks with plenty of snow on the groomed trails and the natural terrain. Guests have been practicing their tailgating set-ups by booting up at their cars this winter, and there should be a vibrant tailgate scene this spring. Estimated closing date is April 24. People who purchase a season pass for next season and pay in full during the spring sale can begin using their pass as early as mid-March to ski through the end of the current season.
Breckenridge Ski Resort, Colorado
Boasting the highest lift-served terrain in North America, Breckenridge offers something for all levels of skiers. The quaint, eclectic town of Breckenridge is comprised of real locals and real characters, from ski bums to history buffs. Thanks to a base elevation of 9,600 feet above sea-level and usually an abundance of spring snow, the resort typically offers great late season skiing and riding conditions. Anticipated closing date is May 31. Some great deals can be found here.
It’s been a cold, snowy winter throughout Vermont with forecasts for some excellent spring skiing at Stowe, an iconic ski resort located in a quintessential New England town. Skiers come to Stowe to experience 116 trails of pure excitement. You may know Stowe for its famous “Front Four” (four double-black diamond trails), but Stowe also offers some of the longest and most enjoyable intermediate cruisers in the East. With an hourly lift capacity of more than 15,500 passengers, skiers spend more time on the mountain and less time in lift lines.
Sun Valley, Idaho
Celebrities flock to Sun Valley to not only soak up the brilliant sunshine but to experience one of the world’s most celebrated ski resorts. Upon arrival you can go car-less with free town and resort-wide buses, all equipped with ski racks. Spring skiing season here normally starts around March 15. However, with its famous sunny skies and bluebird days, even mid-winter can feel delightfully spring-like. With a current base of 89 inches and 110 inches at the summit, all 120 trails are open. Estimated closing date is mid April. Check out these special packages.
Having received more than a dozen feet of snow thus far. Combine this with the fact that March is usually one of Lake Tahoe’s snowiest months, and Northstar is on track for one of its best spring skiing seasons ever. Northstar offers 3,170 skiable acres and 100 trails, 60 percent of which are designed for the intermediate skier. From curated boutiques to world-renown gear companies, discover Northstar’s premiere shopping locations throughout the Village.
Elk Mountain, Pennsylvania
Since 1959 Elk Mountain has been offering some of the best skiing in the east with trails cut from the natural fall line of the mountain. Located in the Endless Mountains, Elk resembles a smaller version of skiing in Vermont with wide trails groomed to perfection along with endless bumps on the Tunkhannock slope. Having received a substantial amount of snow thus far, Elk is primed for one of their best spring seasons in history. No official closing date has been announced but there is still plenty of excellent skiing left in the season.
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