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For skiers and snowboarders who waited a little longer than usual this year for maximum winter conditions, longer days and spring events are just around the corner. For those looking to try Colorado’s signature winter sports for the first time, spring’s sunny skies and warmer temperatures make it a great time to learn.
Spring in the high-country features bluebird skies, fun, family-friendly events and frequent snowfall. Resorts across the state will celebrate the spring season with discounts on lodging and lift tickets and will host events galore including free concerts, fat bike races, après ski parties and more.
Some spring skiing discounts and events at Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski resorts include:
Save Our Snow and Demo Day (March 24)
The 10th Annual Save Our Snow and Demo Day on March 24 will celebrate the spirit of conservation and local resources for sustainability in Summit County. Guests can visit the “Green Village” and demo some of the latest ski and snowboards from local and regional companies. Proceeds go to the High-Country Conservation Center.
Enduro and Après Party (April 11)
The 29th Annual Enduro and Après Party on April 11 will include all-day skiing challenges followed by an Après Party with live music, drink specials, dinner, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds will benefit a local family or organization. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Perfect Storm Package (Today – March 31)
The Aspen Snowmass Perfect Storm package offers guests who purchase 4 days of skiing one free extra day of adult lift tickets and lodging. Guests also receive a resort card with deep discounts on everything from dining to shopping.
Spring Skiing Deal (April 1-15)
Aspen Snowmass will offer a spring skiing deal of 40 percent off lift tickets for guests who purchase a minimum of two days of lift tickets at least 7 days prior to arrival.
Spring in Aspen Snowmass will feature the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series, which continues through March 31. Additional spring events include the Power of Four Ski Mountaineering Race on March 3 and the Kick Aspen Big Air competition on March 23. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Lift Ticket Deals
Throughout the spring, Cooper will continue to offer $30 Thursdays, with $30 lift tickets every Thursday. Lift tickets at Cooper will be discounted to $25 from April 2-8 and $15 on March 9, which guests can purchase online or at the ticket window.
St. Patrick’s Day Party (March 17)
In honor of Saint Patrick, Cooper will host a bagpipe player on the deck during the noon hour and Celtic band Crossroads Gathering will play at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.
Feel Good Fridays
Copper Mountain will host Feel Good Fridays on March 2 and April 13. Skiers and riders can purchase an $85 lift ticket online with $5 of their purchase going toward the High Fives Foundation and local non-profit Adaptive Action Sports.
Copper Uncorked (March 24)
Copper chefs compete for the best wing recipe and wine pairing in this unique spin on a traditional chicken wing challenge.
Moonlight Dine + Ski (March 31)
Copper’s Moonlight Dine + Ski event will start with a ride up the American Eagle chairlift, where guests will be greeted by sweeping twilight views and an hour of intimate skiing or riding off the Excelerator chair. When participants are ready to kick off their boots, they can head inside Solitude Station and enjoyed live music by Beau Thomas, drinks, gourmet dinner and dessert. After the meal, guests will have the option to take the snowcat down or enjoy another run down to Center Village under the light of the moon. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Sunset Soirees (March 13, 20 and 27)
Crested Butte Mountain Resort will host three Sunset Soirees at the Ten Peaks on March 13, 20 and 27. The event will include a delicious buffet dinner, one complimentary glass of house wine or draft beer and a sleighride to and from the base area.
Lift Ticket and Lodging Deals
Crested Butte will offer a lodging discount for guests who reserve two nights of lodging and two days of lift tickets to receive a third night and day of skiing free. Reservations must be booked through Crested Butte Vacations for stays between March 16 and April 8, 2018. Crested Butte will also offer all children age 12 and under free skiing and riding from April 1 through April 8, with no parent ticket or lodging stay required. For more information, visit www.skicb.com.
10 Barrel Snow Beach (March 17 – April 7)
Eldora will host the 10 Barrel Snow Beach every Saturday from March 17 through April 7. Guests can enjoy ice cold 10 Barrel beers outside in the Snow Beach along with a variety of games and entertainment.
Eldora Banked Slalom and Retro Weekend (April 7)
The 2nd Annual Eldora Banked Slalom and Retro Weekend will be an opportunity for guests to test their snowboard skills. Participants are encouraged to wear their best ‘80s threads and enjoy the competition and live music. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
Frozen 5K (March 3)
Granby Ranch will host the first ever Frozen 5K on March 3. Guests can run, walk or stroll the race and enjoy a cold beer at the finish line. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.
27th Annual Steamboat Pentathlon (March 3)
The Steamboat Pentathlon, hosted by the City of Steamboat Springs Parks & Community Services Department, is a one-of-a-kind spring event hosted at Howelsen Hill. The event features five athletic disciplines in one race: alpine skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, mountain biking and running. Participants and guests can enjoy free food, drinks, prizes and a raffle after the race.
Ski Free Sundays (Sundays through March 11)
Howelsen Hill will offer free skiing and riding every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through March 11. Guests can visit the concession stand inside the historic Howelsen Hill Lodge to obtain a free lift ticket for alpine skiing and riding, nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. For more information, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/ski.
Spring Fever Music Series (March 3, 10 and 17)
The Town of Silverton and Kendall Mountain Ski Area will host the Spring Fever Music Series on Saturdays from March 3 – March 17. The Kendall Mountain “beach” will host springtime festivities including live music and a beer garden, with featured artists and breweries each week. The musical performances are free and open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., while the beer garden is available from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.skikendall.com.
Loveland Derby (April 7 – 8)
For more than 50 years Loveland Ski Area has been hosting America’s largest amateur race, The Loveland Derby. Racers from across the country can dress up and travel to Colorado for the last race of the season. The event will include costumes, barbecues and fast-paced racing fun.
Live Music at the Basin
In addition to Loveland’s great spring skiing and riding, every weekend will feature live music on the Basin Patio. Guests can enjoy the Loveland patio with drink specials, dancing and live music. From blues to rock, and jazz to folk, there will be something for everyone this spring at Loveland. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.
Great Divide Grinder – Fat Bike Race (March 24)
Monarch Mountain will host a Fat Bike Race, an early morning competition covering 7 miles up, over, and around Monarch Mountain Ski Area trails. Guests can participate in the race or spectate and stick around for skiing and riding. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.
Rotary Red Ball Lottery (March 3)
To benefit the Grand Junction Rotary Club, Powderhorn will host the Red Ball Lottery on March 3. At 3 p.m., 100 gigantic red exercise balls will be rolled down a course on the slopes. Tickets to purchase a ball are $5 and prizes range from $1,000 to $5,000. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Air Bag Jump (March 10-11)
Purgatory will host the Air Bag Jump in the base area for daring skiers and snowboarders ready to practice their aerial maneuvers by launching off a takeoff ramp onto an inflated air bag.
McDonald’s Cardboard Derby (March 17)
The McDonald’s Cardboard Derby at Purgatory is a classic winter competition. This family-friendly event will give guests the chance to build a derby racer out of cardboard and duct tape only, and pilot it down the slopes to win fun prizes. The Cardboard Derby encourages creativity, engineering skills and courage.
Annual Pond Skim (March 31)
For this classic springtime event, Purgatory will host the annual pond skim for skiers and riders to make their way across the pond. Prizes will be awarded for best skim, best wipeout and best costume, while entertainment is provided by a live DJ, energy drinks and beer. For more information, visit www.purgatoryresort.com.
16th Annual Brewski (March 31)
Silverton Mountain will host a full day of skiing and an afternoon of beer tasting with Colorado’s finest microbreweries. Admission to the event includes a Silverton Mug and drink tickets.
Clauson Classic (April 1)
The Clauson Classic is a classic Silverton Mountain endurance race. Guests are challenged to hike up the ridge and ski down as many laps as they can, in honor of late ski patroller and Silverton Mountain team member John Clauson while raising funds for The Silverton Winter Sports Club. For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.
Lift Ticket and Lodging Deals
Guests who purchase one night of lodging can receive a second night at half price, valid for stays March 30 – April 16. Additional nights are 25 percent off, and guests who book this package can also receive 20 percent off rentals and group lessons. Steamboat guests will also be able to purchase a Springalicious Pass, valid for 3 days of skiing from April 1-15 for only $159.
Rock the Boat Concert Series
Steamboat will host the free Rock the Boat Concert Series through April 15, featuring a range of musical styles from an ’80s cover band to folk and rock.
Springalicious Festival ’18 (April 1-15)
The Steamboat Springalicious Festival ’18 will celebrate the close of the winter season with a multi-week festival with fun events, such as the Cardboard Classic, Splashdown Pond Skim, randonee races and several free music concerts. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Defiance Challenge (March 2)
Sunlight will host the Defiance Challenge for skiers and riders to test their endurance. Participants will ski as many laps as they can in 10 hours, with lifts running from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunlight Safety Day (March 3)
On March 3, Sunlight will honor Brad Lanpher, a long time Sunlight skier who lost his life to Melanoma Skin Cancer. The event will include a free testing clinic and other safety booths, plus discounted pricing on 2018-19 lift tickets. Proceeds will benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Yard Sale and Spring Music Series
Sunlight will host a spring music series and yard sale on March 17-18, March 24, March 31 and April 1. Guests can enjoy live music starting each afternoon at 2 p.m., plus cash in on gear deals and apparel at the slopeside sale. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Spring Vacation Savings
Guests who book a Telluride spring vacation and stay for at least three nights can save up to 20 percent on lodging. This deal is available through Sunday, April 8. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Spring Bash and Splash (March 31 – April 22)
Winter Park Resort will celebrate the spring skiing season with the Spring Bash and Splash, a month-long series of events that will include a spring concert series, a duel obstacle course, an Easter Egg Hunt and Golden Bunny Race, an on-mountain “beach party” and more. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Fun Race Series
Wolf Creek Ski Area’s Fun Race Series, which will continue into the spring, is free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and ability levels. Medals are awarded to the top three racers in each age category, and the event is a family-friendly activity for both participants and spectators. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.