Three Reasons to Spring Break in Colorado Ski Country USA

Mountain Munchies, Elevated Events, and Adventurous Activities Abound in Colorado Ski Country USA

Bluebird skies and snowy spring conditions tempt skiers and snowboarders at Copper Mountain. Photo courtesy: Copper Mountain.
Bluebird skies and snowy spring conditions tempt skiers and snowboarders at Copper Mountain. Photo courtesy: Copper Mountain.

Spring is an ideal time to visit resorts throughout Colorado Ski Country USA: the weather is mild, the days are longer, the powder is plentiful, and the activities are abundant. March and April are Colorado’s snowiest months, which means you’re bound to have great skiing conditions no matter when your spring break lands. And resorts roll out the red carpet for spring with elevated events, adventurous activities, and delicious mountain munchies: three great reasons to spring break in Colorado Ski Country USA.

ELEVATED EVENTS

CSCUSA resorts rev up the fun factor with events throughout the spring.

This weekend at Copper Mountain, the 20th year of the Dew Tour will celebrate the best in snowboarding and freeskiing competition and culture. The Tour includes the world's best male and female skiers and snowboarders competing in individual Superpipe and Streetstyle events, a two-night concert lineup with Ship Wrek and Snakehips. Located in the heart of Copper Mountain's Center Village, the Dew Tour gives spectators a front-row seat to every second of slopeside excitement, and it all goes down March 8–10. 

At Powderhorn, ring in longer, warmer ski days at their annual Winter Carnival on March 9. Play games, enjoy snacks, and try your luck in raffles to win fun prizes at this family-friendly event. Plus, enjoy live music on the deck until 6:00 pm.

Feeling beachy? Granby Ranch is the spot for you, with Beach Week from March 11–17. Hawaiian shirts are highly encouraged. 

Got little ones? Let them find some fun at the Ski Cooper Easter Egg Hunt on March 30. Thousands of eggs can be found near the Cooper Lodge, starting at 9:00 am sharp. There will be 3 age groups: 0–5, 6–8, and 9+. Find your age group’s golden egg, and you can trade it in for a free season pass!

Winter Park is hosting its annual Spring Bash + Splash with TheBigWonderful Beerfest and Bluegrass all day, on March 30. It’s a full day of live Colorado bluegrass, unlimited samples from 20+ breweries, and an artisan craft market. Grab tickets here.

Celebrate spring with a boatload of activities at Steamboat’s Springalicious, April 1–14. An annual, weeklong festival marking the end of the winter season, Springalicious features events like the Cardboard Classic, Splashdown Pond Skim, and free concerts—plus, a boatload of snow and some of Colorado’s most classic bluebird days.

ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES

If you’re headed to Snowmass (and ​ 21+), check out the March 17 Ullrhof Games. Returning for its fifth year to Snowmass’s Ullrhof Restaurant and bigger and better than ever, the Games pit teams of beer-drinking titans against each other in beer pong, speed quarters, corn hole, and stump, for prizes and pride. The event includes a deck party, beer and food specials, a DJ, and prize giveaways. 

At Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill, you can add the slopes to your lunch menu while you enjoy crowd-free groomers, miles of Nordic trails, pristine midday powder, front-row parking, and zero lift lines. The Lunch Laps program happens weekdays 11:00 am–1:00 pm. Lunchtime lappers can grab a bite at The Outrun Snack Bar and stack up the laps on their lunch hour.

At Purgatory, the Mountain Coaster is open all week long for spring break, March 9– March 17 (conditions permitting). Gather your friends and family for an unforgettable ride through the mountains.

Enjoy a magical day on the slopes followed by a musical après-ski every Friday and Saturday in March and April at Eldora. DJs and live music take center stage at Timbers Lodge at the base.

Show off your slopestyle skills at the March Radness slopestyle competition and fun race at Monarch Mountain on March 24.

At Echo, the closest ski area to Denver, you can stretch your spring skiing days long past sunset with night skiing under the lights.

Help Sunlight close out their ski season the first weekend of April with après-ski live music on Saturday and Sunday.

The long spring afternoons make for the perfect backdrop for après-ski live music every weekend afternoon at Loveland. Who could blame you for capping off your spring ski day with live music and a craft brew on the patio?

MOUNTAIN MUNCHIES

Here in Colorado Ski Country USA, we play hard and eat hard. If all your spring break activity leaves you with a hearty appetite, there are an array of tempting bites to choose from. Food writer Amanda Faison ponders the question of why eating at elevation is twice as tasty. Her conclusion? Waffle fries, chili, and whatever’s cold and on draft just hit better at altitude. 

Purgatory‘s Executive Chef John Feeley, CSCUSA’s 2023–24 Double Diamond Award winner for food and beverage, agrees: “A lot of it has to do with working up an appetite. Not just being lunch time, the fresh air and exercise, it makes you extra hungry.”

Feed those fresh-air-fueled appetites with brand-new eatery options at CSCUSA resorts this season. From pop-up snack shacks to snowcat-mounted taco trucks to high-alpine haute cuisine, there’s a mountain meal for everyone in Colorado Ski Country USA.

Ski all day and tuck into a Friday fish fry at Arapahoe Basin’s 6th Alley Bar & Grill on March 29. Make sure you grab reservations for this tasty event!

Tick off a bucket list experience with lunch at Telluride’s Bon Vivant. The views will take your breath away while you enjoy lunch and a show, with servers opening bottles of Champagne with a saber. Savvy skiers know to slide by early in the day to put their name on the daily table list for a spot to enjoy the good life at lunch.

SAVVY SKIERS SAVE IN THE SPRING

Remember to reapply that sunscreen when you’re done with lunch: the high-altitude sun really packs a punch this time of year. You can also stay stylishly sun safe with a CSCUSA partner Phunkshun Wear balaclava. It’s made from recycled plastic bottles and gives you UPF 50+ sun protection.

And the savviest skiers stay extra alert during the spring break season; they know it’s a great time to save! Book online at least 24 hours in advance, and CSCUSA partner Christy Sports will give you 20% off your ski and snowboard rentals. Plus, save on gear at their Ski-Ya-Later sale, happening through April 7.

Sarah Beatty, APR

Director of Communications, Colorado Ski Country USA

 

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