Photo credit (L-R): Dave Camara, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area; Carl Frey, Winter Park Resort
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Spring is approaching in Colorado, bringing warmer weather, longer days, bluebird skies and outstanding skiing and snowboarding conditions to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts. Newcomers to Colorado skiing and riding can take advantage of discounted lift tickets, festive events and dozens of family-friendly activities that will make it easy to spend this spring on the slopes.
Below are some pointers for newcomers and long-time Colorado residents alike to enjoy spring skiing and riding in Colorado:
For those new to Colorado or new to snowsports, spring is one of the best times of the ski season to learn. Guests will find warmer spring temperatures, plenty of sunshine and a welcoming, stress-free environment. Enrolling in ski school for professional instruction is the best first step for newcomers to the sport and those returning after a few seasons off. Colorado ski areas offer great deals and discounts in the spring, making it easy for visitors to take advantage of the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard.
It’s always a good idea to account for changing weather conditions in Colorado’s high country. While warmer, sunny spring conditions are common in Colorado, spring weather can turn wintry again unexpectedly. In order to avoid being caught off guard when blue skies give way to snowflakes, experienced spring skiers and riders know to pack layers and extra gear to accommodate any changes in weather throughout the day.
During the spring, some of the softest snow conditions can be found in the late morning or afternoon. Second shift skiing also allows for a slower morning and accommodates a busy schedule. Skiers and riders can also find great discounts on half-day lift tickets, freeing up some extra funds for après ski or other adventures.
For guests who aren’t ready to give skiing or snowboarding a try, or families with both skiers and non-skiers in tow, Colorado ski areas offer dozens of family-friendly non-skiing activities. Don’t miss the chance to ride a mountain coaster, take a guided snowshoe tour, glide across a frozen pond on ice skates, or experience a once-in-a-lifetime gourmet dining experience.
While Colorado’s spring skiing conditions are world-class, Colorado’s spring après-ski scene is even better. Colorado ski areas offer no shortage of options to occupy skiers and riders after the lifts have closed, from sunny patios and relaxing environments to live music and spring festivals. Instead of hurrying home, spring is the time to kick back and enjoy the mountains with family and friends after an enjoyable day on the slopes.
Skiers and snowboarders should be mindful of sun exposure all season, but it’s especially important in the spring. With blue skies and longer days, sunscreen can help those on the slopes avoid the goggle sunburn that so often afflicts spring skiers and riders. Reapplying sunscreen at lunch is highly recommended.
Spring is the perfect time to stock up on skiing and snowboarding gear, when ski areas and ski shops alike offer end-of-season deals to make space for next season’s inventory. Guests can find bargains on everything from skis and snowboards to soft goods like outerwear, base layers and gloves.