Spring skiing. The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and the lift lines are diminishing after the holiday hustle. This can only mean one thing; spring is in the air. They say “April showers bring May flowers,” but before the tulips pop up, savor the days of spring skiing.
The days of tee shirt weather are rapidly approaching, so lather on the sunscreen and hit the slopes. Here are our reasons why we all need to get out there, work on our goggle tan, and enjoy the snow before it’s gone.
Spring skiing means putting on your base layer and a shell, or maybe even just a hoodie. It means no balaclava or neck warmer, no doubling up on socks, and that sunscreen has now become essential for getting ready for the day. Most importantly, it means being warm, fewer breaks to shake off the chill, and more turns for you.
We’ve all been there after a long cold winter, the second you see the sun and get to take your jacket off, you’re done with winter. Some folks make their way to the golf course; others are mountain biking… that means the lift lines plummet. Tickets prices drop, the conditions are excellent, what’s not to love?
The Après Scene
An après beverage might be one of the best parts of skiing, any time of the year. Hanging out at the bottom of the mountain, having a drink or two with your friends, and unwinding after a day on the hill is priceless. Stress melts away as relax with your favorite libation in-hand, gazing up at massive mountains and epic lines you’ve just conquered. Our top places to enjoy a beverage and snack are Carboy Winery, RMU (the best people-watching if you can get a seat at the outdoor bar), Quandary Grill, which is an easy walk from the Peak 9 base area or a Breckenridge local hangout, Fatty’s Pizzeria where you can savor an ice-cold beer and a hot slice for under $6.
The Atmosphere and Special Events
People that are skiing in the spring are there for the love of it! There are parties and events, including retro days, pond skimming, slush cups, a polar plunge and Spring Fever parties galore. The events, as well as on and off-mountain activities, are endless. Live music is plentiful as well, be sure to check out BreckCreate, offering music and art for everyone right in downtown Breckenridge.
So, head out for a ski day in the sunshine. Have a cold beer on the deck and work on your goggle tan. Take in the final days of a fantastic ski season before summer hits, and you are left only hoping next season will be as amazing as this one.
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