When spring rolls around, there are still plenty of turns to take and slopes in Colorado. While lots of people might think of the season as the thaw of winter, it’s actually a great time to head west and enjoy Colorado’s ski country. Here are five reasons to head to Breckenridge and Keystone for a spring ski vacation:
Higher elevation means a longer season
If frozen toes and a frostbitten nose sound terrible, then book your Colorado ski trip in the springtime. March and April in the Colorado Rocky Mountains welcome more sunshine, longer days and warmer temperatures. Thanks to the higher elevations though, the alpine mountains of Breckenridge and Keystone maintain a better quality of snow for longer. Beginner skiers can fall in love with the sport knowing that the best time to learn is when your fingers are not freezing and you are having fun in the sun. The snow is softer and slides easier too.
Enjoy après ski on the outdoor patio
A huge part of ski culture is the après party after a day on the slopes. In the spring, you can take the party outdoors. Gather with a group of friends to bask in the sun and enjoy a long lunch on one of the many mountainside patios. At Loveland Ski Resort, you can even bring your own items to barbeque at a variety of mountain huts with incredible views. Join the party at Breckenridge’s popular après bars with like-minded people enjoying their favorite libation on a sunny deck.
There’s live music and zany events
The skies are blue, the snow is soft and the sun lingers just a bit longer each evening. In April, soak it up while enjoying live outdoor music and zany events. Events such as Sunsation at Copper Mountain and Breckenridge’s Spring Fever celebrate the season with concerts and festivals. Some free concerts even attract big names. You’ll also find unique events like the Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest, a water plunge, beer festivals and exciting competitions. Who doesn’t love watching skiers in quirky costumes dancing down the mountain? When most of the Colorado resorts close in April, head over to Arapahoe Basin for the Shaken at the Basin Spring Concert Series every Friday and Saturday afternoon until June.
March and April are the snowiest months
On average, March tops off as the number one month in Colorado for snowfall. Did you know that April follows in a close third place? If you love to ski powder, you’re likely to get a dose of pow pow in those two months. The snow might not be that blower champagne powder Colorado is known for in the colder winter months, but the velvety corn snow still makes for an epic day on the slopes.
The slopes are less crowded
If you’re planning a ski trip, looking for dates outside of the popular weeks can save you some money. Lodging tends to be more affordable in the spring months, and you’ll contend with fewer crowds. You still get the magnificent snowy slope experience but without the crowds and lift lines. In Summit County, take a ski trip in Colorado over to one of the less popular resorts like Loveland or Arapahoe Basin. You will love their high alpine terrain above the continental divide and you’ll rarely ever wait in a lift line.
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