You won’t find any spring music festivals and the typical end-of-season celebrations in the ski resorts this year – the pandemic is still not over, as much as we wish – but that doesn’t mean spring skiing has been canceled. Conditions ranging from powder to slushy corn snow are on offer in many states well into April, and best of all, most of the people are now gone by winter. Here are some of our favorites across the country for spring ski touring.
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Breckenridge plans to stay open until Memorial Day weekend, making it one of the longest-running ski resorts in the country. With a peak elevation of nearly 13,000 feet, the snow on the top of the mountain here stays cold even when the weather starts to turn. Breck’s big spring festivals, like Breck Pride and the concert-packed spring finale, are being put on hold this year, but the plentiful sunshine and laid-back vibes aren’t. Reservations are required for skiing (day tickets start at $ 179). So plan ahead. For a day off from the slopes, visit the Gold Run Nordic Center, which has doubled its fleet for the rental of fat bikes due to increased demand. The 60-room Gravity Haus Breckenridge (from $ 179), a five-minute walk from the Quicksilver Lift, has three snow cabins that serve homemade plates from the hotel’s Cabin Juice restaurant. Finally, check out the new Aurum Food and Wine in town, which has an eclectic tasting menu and music-inspired wine list served in one of two cozy yurts for six in the front yard (from 115 USD per person, minimum four) People; A la carte dishes are available inside).
Mount Hood Meadows, Oregon
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Spring on Mount Hood Meadows usually means beer festivals, slalom races, and bench removal. Part of it will still take place this year, but mostly you come because of the sun, a ski season that extends into May, and the ability to park your van or motorhome at the base overnight (overnight parking from 4 USD). The ski resort is currently selling a midweek pass (starting at $ 239) that is good for the remainder of the season. For a fun road trip in the Pacific Northwest, check out Timberline, also on Mount Hood, known for its particularly long season, and Mount Bachelor, less than three hours away in Bend, with great places to camp in the year-round car park.
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Killington is known for having one of the longest seasons on the East Coast, usually staying open into May or even June. Show yourself off on a sunny spring weekend and you can ride gentle bumps under the Superstar Quad and then the tailgate in the parking lot with coolers and grills. The resort’s Spring Pass (starting at $ 249) gives you unlimited access to Killington and neighboring Pico Mountain from now until the end of the season. Your pass also includes a 20 percent discount on rooms at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel (from $ 266).
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California
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Considered the spring skiing capital of the United States, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is often abundant in snow through March and April, meaning the two neighboring ski resorts can stay open well into May (in fact, they are known to be reopened for the fourth time) of July). Typical spring skiing are music festivals like Winter Wondergrass (put on hold until 2022) and festivals in the mountains like Pain McShlonkey Classic and Cushing Crossing Pond Skim both likely on hold this year. Regardless, you can still drive perfect corn snow from the Sherwood Chair in Alpine and then eat a sausage from the Mogrog Café in a garden chair in the subway parking lot. Ikon Pass holders can get up to 30 percent off Village at Squaw Valley accommodation (starting at $ 598) through Memorial Day.
Mountain Bohemia, Michigan
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Spring skiing in Michigan brings mild temperatures, deep snow depths, and sweet deals for the late season. Make your way to Mount Bohemia on the Upper Peninsula, which averages 30cm of lake-effect snow per year and has two main lifts and four shuttle buses that access 585 acres of rough, unkempt terrain. Mountain Bohemia usually stays open until the end of April. You can ski until 5 p.m. on spring weekends. Sleep in a piste hut or yurt. The resort’s spring break offer includes lift tickets, meals and accommodation from USD 75 per person per day.
Sugar Loaf, Maine
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Sugar Loaf usually hosts its popular reggae festival in mid-April. That won’t happen this season, but spring on the loaf is still a guaranteed good time, and the mountain usually stays open until the end of April. When you buy a pass for the next season, you can now use it to ski for the remainder of the month (starting at $ 569). The resort still plans to host its popular pondskimming championships on the east coast on April 17th. Book a room at the Sugarloaf Inn (from $ 287), which is home to a brewery.
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Snowbird has Utah’s longest ski season and is known for staying open until early July after deep snow winters. This year looks promising, with more than 300 inches of snow already on the slopes. Plus, April and May can still bring large storms to Little Cottonwood Canyon. When it’s Bluebird day, there’s no better place than listening to live music on the Plaza Deck after a day of skiing in front of the legendary Snowbird Cirque. You can book two nights on the slope with Snowbird until May 2nd, including lift tickets from USD 145.
Main Photo: Courtesy of Chris Segal / Snowbird