The Best Spring Events at Ski Resorts
When the end of the ski and snowboard season rolls around, many snow lovers sadly pack up their gear and don’t visit the resorts until the flakes start to fall again. But one of the best things about spring is the slew of fun events that ski resorts put on across the country. From California to Vermont and from music to 80’s themed pond skims, there’s something for everyone on the slopes. Check out these nine events at resorts across the country, and close your ski season out with a bang.
1. Marmot Coombs Classic at Jackson Hole, Wyoming
March 19, 2017
In memory of the great Doug Coombs, a notable ski-mountaineer, the Marmot Coombs Classic is designed to be "a celebratory spring skiing event to finish off the year strong—just like Doug." There are several routes and you get a raffle ticket for each lap you complete, ranging from Jackson Hole’s renowned Pepi’s Bench Headwall Hike to the more technical Casper Traverse known by many as “Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.” You can win sweet swag from Marmot or K2, and there’s an after-party with live music. Registration begins at 8:30 am, so get there early!
2. Steamboat Springs Springalicious 37th Annual Cardboard Classic, Colorado
April 15, 2017
If you’re looking for family-friendly, crafty fun, look no further than Steamboat Springs’ annual Cardboard Classic race. Each year is different than the year before because the event is entirely dependent on what kind of "vehicle" participants can make out of cardboard, glue, string, water-based paint, and duct or masking tape only. Even if you’re not in it for the race, watching people in kooky creations fly down the Headwall trail is worth a watch.
3. Heavenly Spring Loaded Festival at South Lake Tahoe, California
March 25 - April 8, 2017
Two whole weeks of sun, fun, and music is what you’ll get when you grab a ticket to the Spring Loaded Festival at Heavenly Mountain Resort in South Lake Tahoe. Beyond the music and debauchery that tends to surround it, you can expect funky outfits and a crowd of folks looking to have a good time via DJs, pond skimming, and a variety of outdoor concerts.
4. Spring Grüv at Park City, Utah
March 25 - April 9, 2017
If you’re looking for skiing and outdoor music with a little less partying involved, Spring Grüv at Park City is just what you need. This year will be the 10th annual event with 16 days of free concerts, a pond skimming contest that’s been around for the last 21 years, and a costume contest. The only thing to pick up is a lift ticket if you only want to watch the pond skimming. Besides that, check out the full lineup here (warning: if you click, you definitely won’t want to miss it).
5. Mammoth Invitational: Bumps & Ballet, California
April 7-9, 2017
Do you find yourself missing the 80s? Then grab your ticket for the Mammoth Invitational because "big hair, parachute pants, onesies, and the hottest neon colors to hit Mammoth" are on deck for this year’s 80s theme. Bumps & Ballet: A Tribute to the 80s comes with friendly team competitions with pro skiers, fundraising (all proceeds go to the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation), snow volleyball, and a Prom Night Gala. Totally radical, man.
6. Marchdi Gras Village Winterfest at Stratton Mountain Resort Village, Vermont
March 25, 2017
What better reason to visit one of the greatest mountains in Vermont than a winterly tribute to Mardi Gras on the slopes? Stratton’s Marchdi Gras Village Winterfest is a mountain-style block party centered on the quaint village at the base of the mountain. If you’ve got kids in tow, this is one of the best spring ski events for the whole family—there’s even dedicated activities for the little ones, most of which are free.
7. Cushing Crossing at Squaw Valley, California
April 22, 2017
Skimming across Cushing Pond has turned into a spring ritual for the Squaw Valley Resort, and if you’re in the area, the annual Cushing Crossing is definitely worth a look. Sign up yourself, or just watch participants do whatever it takes to make it across Cushing Pond on skis or a snowboard. There are crazy costumes, creative pond-skimming vessels (technically you can use anything that is on skis or a snowboard), and of course, epic wipe-outs. The event is limited to 50 participants, and registration starts at 9 a.m.
8. Reggae Festival at Sugarloaf, Maine
April 6-9, 2017
This Reggae Festival is perfect for those who want to take in some music but don’t want to commit to a slew of days—you can buy tickets by the night for this outdoor concert series if you’re looking to get in and out. However, you can also go VIP with the Good Vibes package if you want not only the full experience, but you want to take it to the next level as well (think commemorative beer mugs).
9. Spring Music Series at Alpine Meadows, California
March 25-26, April 1-2, April 8-9, April 15-16, April 22-23, and April 29-30, 2017
Imagine very little cost (ie, lots of free concerts!) and t-shirt weather while listening to live music with snow-filled mountains in the background. If that sounds like your jam, that’s exactly what you’re in for at the Spring Music Series at Alpine Meadows this year (or any year, really). One of the best things about this spring ski event is that there are five weekends to choose from.
Originally written by RootsRated for Marmot.