As we head into the months of March and April, skiers and riders can’t help but be reminded that the ski season is heading towards its end. But these months also signal spring skiing, what many say is the best time of year to be on the slopes. “Colorado has amazing spring skiing with the longer days and milder temperatures,” says Dana Tyler Johnson, Cooper Director of Marketing and Sales.
Here are a few other reasons parents say they love heading to the mountains for spring-skiing season.
A relaxed vibe. “Skiing in the spring weather is more of a laid-back affair,” says Cameron Grant, who regularly skis with at least one of his three boys, a teenager and two college-age sons. “The mornings are mellow because we wait for the snow to soften up a bit. That means that we sleep a little later and probably eat a better breakfast. We just have fun on the hill. We also take longer lunches and often find ourselves sitting out in the sunshine watching the skiers and boarders splash around in the slush.
Warmer Temps. It is warmer and sunnier in the spring, says mom of two daughters Johanna Ladis. “It feels like once spring youth sports start on the Front Range—usually around mid-March—the slopes get a little less crowded. Families are committed to staying in town for games or tournaments, which means fewer people on the ski mountains. And I can usually find good lodging deals for the week of spring break and/or March weekends.”
Fun festivals. March and April bring lots of unique festivals to Colorado’s resorts to ring in spring. As part of the Aspen Snowmass Bud Light Spring Jam 2022, March 25 through April 3, you can catch free concerts, night skiing, and banked slalom races. Eldora and Copper Mountain will both host their own Subaru Winterfest, a celebration of all things winter featuring even more live music, contests, and giveaways. You can get in on the action at Steamboat Springalicious as well, where you can expect hilarious and fun events and a boatload of fresh Champagne Powder. You can check out all these events and more here.
It’s just easier. Warmer weather means dragging less clothing and gear, and having an easier time getting ready for the slopes, says Carrie Goldin, who has a son and daughter. “I like spring skiing because it’s more enjoyable to spend time with the kids in nicer weather,” she says. “I feel like it takes the whining out of skiing.” Most importantly? “Better après-ski,” says Tim Nichols, who skis with his wife and three young boys. “It’s lighter longer and warmer, so you can stay outside and enjoy yourself afterwards.”