Photo: Arapahoe Basin
After a week filled with fresh snow and more on the way by the weekend, resorts in Colorado Ski Country USA are heading into the final stretch of the season with the best conditions of the year. The late February storm brought over 20 inches of snow to resorts in southwest Colorado, and provided Front Range resorts with a snow blanket to cover President’s Day weekend tracks. March and April are historically the snowiest months in Colorado, setting up a spring filled with powder and fun.
While the snow falls on the high country, Colorado Ski Country member resorts are preparing a full slate of concerts, festivals, dining experiences, and more for guests to enjoy. From the Front Range to the San Juan, skiers and riders will find no shortage of activities on and off the slopes.
See below for details at specific resorts:
A-basin’s famous Moonlight Dinner Series is back on March 19th for ‘A Night in Spain’. Diners can ski, snowshoe, or ride the lift under the stars to the mid-mountain Black Mountain Lodge for a chef-prepared meal that will transport tastebuds to another part of the world. Reservations are required.
On Friday, March 11, A-basin will host the first ever Steep Gullies Gauntlet in support of the Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG). Participants can challenge themselves to see how many Steep Gullies laps they can muscle while raising money for a new SCRG headquarters. The event will be followed by a taco bar dinner.
Finally, in celebration of 75 years of world class skiing, join Arapahoe Basin the first weekend in April for three days of celebratory events. Events include Skimo, a moguls competition, scavenger hunts, apres parties, and a 1946 themed dinner at the 6th Alley (costumes encouraged).
In celebration of 75th years of operation, Aspen Snowmass will host ASPEN 75, a live show at the Wheeler Opera House on March 11th & 12th. The live multimedia event in partnership with Pop Up Magazine will be a night of storytelling filled with disco, dynamite, thin ice, unlikely journeys, brotherhood, bootpacking, kitty litter, drunk dials, yodeling, and more as one and all celebrate 75 years of carving lines and creating possibilities.
The 22nd annual Bud Light Spring Jam festival will return to March 25- April 3, bringing a week of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. This year’s calendar includes a host of new and returning on-mountain competitions and events including the Banked Slalom on Snowmass, Terrain Park Boot Camp, Bud Light Mountain Challenge, KickAspen Night Skiing and the Anon 4 MTN Mission, in which teams will compete across the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass in a scavenger hunt adventure race. The Spring Jam will also feature the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series throughout March and April, and the Bud Light Core Party in the streets of downtown Aspen, with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats performing a free concert.
Aspen Snowmass Spring Concerts:
- March 1: The Dip, Snowmass Base Village
- March 25: The California Honeydrops, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
- March 26: Sea Billies, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
- April 2: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Downtown Aspen
- April 8: Cash’d Out, Snowmass Base Village
Cooper will continue the popular ‘Ski with a Ranger’ program every Sunday through April 17th. Guests will ski around the mountain with a ranger from the US Forest Service, and learn about the flora and fauna of the area, learn how to identify tree species, and get a bit of history about Cooper and the 10th Mountain Division.
Copper Mountain, recently announced as a US Ski and Snowboard Team practice facility through 2025, will host the Special Olympics Winter Games on March 5th & 6th. More than 200 athletes will participate in alpine, cross country, snowboarding, and snowshoe events.
Subaru and Copper Mountain are thrilled to welcome back, Subaru WinterFest on, a one-of-a kind music and mountain lifestyle tour that invites friends, family, skiers, snowboarders, music fans, and dog-lovers alike to bask in their love of winter and adventure! Head to Copper to enjoy live music, Subaru swag, the latest in adventure gear, free snacks and beverages, activities for your pup, and amazing daily giveaways! Subaru WinterFest at Copper Mountain will be March 11th through the 13th.
Copper Mountain will also continue hosting Play Forever Thursdays throughout March, offering $99 lift tickets with a portion of proceeds benefiting various non-profits including the Summit County Rescue Group, Summit County Care Clinic, and the High Fives Foundation.
Eldora will host Subaru WinterFest, a celebration of adventure and all things winter, from March 4th – 6th. Eldora is proud to have an amazing lineup of artists, including Lissie, Pixie & The Partygrass Boys, Kind Hearted Strangers, and Lindsay Lou, all brought to you by Harmon Kardon. There will be plenty to sip on from Alpine Start Foods as well as s’mores and hot chocolate in the afternoon – not to mention daily giveaways and opportunities to test the latest gear from Mammut, Nordica Ski, Arbor Collective, Solo Stove, Dynamic Wax, Thule, Klean Kanteen, and more.
After two years off, the 4th annual Trick Ditch Banked Slalom presented by 10 Barrel Brewing Co will return to Eldora. Eldora’s Trick Ditch, home to one of Colorado’s first ever halfpipes, will yet again be the stage for a unique, fun, and fast banked slalom course where 150 riders will compete for their share of the $10,000 prize purse. Learn more at TrickDitch10.com
And every Friday-Sunday this spring, Eldora invites guests to chill in their 10 Barrel Snow Beach beer garden zone with our mobile pub, Lil' Chugger. Kick back with family and friends and enjoy live music, 10 Barrel beers, and the glorious sunshine. Learn more at Eldora.com/events.
Howlesen Hill will continue to host Ski Free Sunday each week throughout the remainder of the season. Colorado’s most affordable Sunday lift ticket, families can enjoy a free day of skiing by visiting the Howelsen Hill lodge to pick up their ticket.
Monarch’s signature event, Kayaks on the Snow, returns in April on closing weekend (exact date TBA). Contestants in kayaks race head to head, like skier cross, down a specially designed course with berms, banks, and bumps, ending in an icy pond!
Monarch also recently launched the Wings Pass, a season pass good for the remainder of the 21/22 season and all of next season. The Wings Pass costs $569 and is available now.
Purgatory will be offering guests that purchase three or more consecutive days of lift tickets a free $20 resort credit for each day of their visit from Feb. 28th – April 3rd.
March at Purgatory is also prime time for Purgatory Snowcat Adventures (PSA). Owned and operated by Purgatory Resort, PSA is Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation with access to 35,000 acres of guided terrain. To promote guest safety, expert guides and cat operators manage the terrain and select the best possible lines in each zone and ensure untracked powder every time. PSA also offers dining excursions and three-times daily scenic snowcat tours.
Purgatory will hold a Pond Skim contest on April 3rd, a popular favorite for spectators and contestants alike with costumes, music, and beer from Ska Brewing. Prizes are awarded for the best skim (male and female), best wipeout, and best costumes.
Incredible Colorado bluebird sunny days, hilarious and fun events, along with a boatload of Champagne Powder® snow mean that spring will shine a whole lot brighter in Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®. The Steamboat Ski Area celebrates the close of the winter season with a festival including a boatload of Springalicious® festivities and free concerts.
Schedule of Events:
April 9- Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert (Magic Giant)
April 10- Splash Down Pond Skim
April 10- Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert (Dumpstaphunk)
On March 4th, Sunlight will host the 2022 Defiance Challenge, an endurance competition challenging teams of two to see who can ski the most runs over the course of 10 hours on the mountain. The current record was set in 2010 with a total of 49 runs and over 66,000 vertical feet! Learn more and register to compete here.