Spring Skiing in Colorado? Yes, Please!

Thinking about turning CBC into a dual-purpose trip? Home to 26 high-altitude ski resorts, 300 days of sunshine, and 300+ inches of average yearly snowfall, Colorado is a spring-skiing paradise. Here are a few images and videos to get you stoked for some late-season turns:

Corn snow

Spring’s freeze/melt cycle produces corn snow: soft and forgiving conditions that make for effortless turns. (See also: hero snow.) Only catch? You might need to wait until mid-morning for things to soften up fully.

 

Pond skimming

A true rite of spring skiing. Many (if not most) Colorado ski areas host crowd-pleasing pond skimming competitions on closing weekend.

 

Costumes

If you have any vintage gear from the 1980s or early 1990s, or any other funky garb, be sure to flaunt it. Weird is good.

 

The Beach

Every April, the parking lot at Arapahoe Basin becomes The Beach: an all-day tailgating party with Colorado craft beer, crazy costumes, and music. Fun fact: A-Basin is often open until July.

 

Craft beer

Apres ski refreshment typically starts a little earlier in the day in spring. But remember, to avoid injuries to yourself or others, don’t drink and shred!