We don't have to convince you to ski in Aspen during the winter, but spring skiing may seem a little far-fetched to non-locals. You're probably thinking "ocean," not "ski mountain" when you hear "spring break," right? We're here to tell you why spring skiing is the perfect vacation to take when the temperatures begin to rise.
Here are five great reasons to spend time on the slopes in Aspen this spring:
1. There's Plenty of Snow in the Spring!
Did you know that fresh snow isn't just possible, it's actually expected in Aspen during the month of March and April? According to US Climate Data, Aspen boasts an average snowfall of 29 inches in March (the highest of any month, as a matter of fact) and 20 inches in April, more than enough to ski throughout the better part of the spring. (These averages come from a snow-collection station on the valley floor, not on the ski areas, which can receive MUCH more snow in March and April.)
Check out the Aspen Snowmass report and you'll see that there is certainly no shortage of snow during the last two months of the skiing season. If you're willing to adventure to Independence Pass, you may even get a May powder day in the backcountry!
2. The Days are Longer and Outdoor Celebrations Abound
The sun sets later and later during the spring, giving you more daylight on the slopes. And Aspen Snowmass management knows how to please skiers and riders: extended lift operating hours in the spring. You can buy your springtime lift tickets knowing that your days on the slopes will be long and full.
Longer days also mean more time to pack in events on the mountains. Here are a few events that take place in Aspen in the spring:
- SkiMo, or uphill ski racing, hits its peak this time of year; you'll find many uphill attractions along popular courses in the spring.
- Clicquot in the Snow is an Aspen favorite. The popular, upscale champagne brand Veuve Clicquot pulls out all the stops for a great time at the Ajax Tavern at the base of Aspen Mountain.
- Ullr Nights are a family favorite - a celebration of the Norse god of snow. Gondola rides and plenty of favorite cold-weather treats and refreshments play a starring role along with nighttime tubing and other fun.
3. Closing Days in Aspen are Second to None
How do you end the Aspen ski season spectacularly? Mountain closing days. They are bittersweet for winter-sports lovers and also world-renowned.
Of the four major ski areas in and around Aspen (Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Aspen Mountain), which one goes largest for the last day of the season?
That was a trick question. All four mountains are buzzing on the last day and night. With massive slopeside parties, food, and drink, family fun, and more, the closing season in Aspen is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.
4. Spring in Aspen is Fun for the Whole Family
You might be asking, "Isn't Aspen full of family fun year-round?"
Of course it is. But springtime is unique. Colorado mountain springtime provides the perfect mix of warmer weather, family activities, and opportunities to introduce a love of winter sports to the next generation.
Anyone who has been to Aspen knows that the varied terrain means there are runs for every age and skill level -- from the smallest first-timer to the seasoned pros. WIth our four mountains, there are dedicated zones for beginners as well as chairlifts that serve intermediate and advanced terrain. Families can take different runs and all end up at the same meeting point.
At night, take the kids to a variety of events - concerts, apres-ski parties, and more - guaranteeing that by the time you and the family get back to where you're staying, everyone will be happy and tired.
5. The Atmosphere is Celebratory Around the Clock
From first chair to last call, Aspen knows how to have fun. With spring sunshine, retro ski outfits and impromptu on-mountain parties are the norm.
At the end of the day, ski right into one of the best parties of your life. Aspen's apres-ski scene is second to none, and you're likely to be dancing in ski boots until the sun dips behind the mountains.