Spring Skiing: Why You Should Consider It!

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by April on October 21, 2013

Hubby n I spring skiing

When we booked a trip in April to ski, we weren't sure what to expect - and in the end we found it was one of the best ski vacations we'd ever had! Who knew we'd ski/snowboard 3 days in 50 degree weather, and then 2 days in 17 inches of powder! Here are some more reasons we LOVED skiing/snowboarding in the Spring!

(a) Its warm out there.

You don’t have to think about hand warmers, you don’t have to think about how many layers – just grab the gear and go. I saw people ski in shorts, and even less. Bikini skiing is nice- but I just couldn’t find the right color bathing suit for myself, so I kept with snowpants. (ha ha)

(b) Few people on the slopes.

We were here just before President’s day, and it went from a few folks to a lot of people in one day. Then we came to Park City for Spring Skiing – and the slopes were empty. Ever get up early and be the first one going down a mountain with no one ahead or behind, carving your ski tracks first? In Spring Skiing you don’t have to get up too early to do that.

(c) Instructors are available

My husband wanted to improve his skiing, so at the last minute he asked for some private instruction. Who came up but Rhett, this world-class ski coach, who helped him over a couple days to improve his form, and wear out a few calories. 

Spring Skiing in the trees

(d) Different Snow Conditions

Don’t like the weather down at the base camp? Think it's all slush? Think again. Raining in Park City, not a problem because one lift ride up and it is snowing, two lift rides up and it is amazing snow conditions. Stay up top, ski all day.

(e) You can swim and not freeze

One advantage of spring skiing, when you get done the pool and the hot tub are a lot easier to think about when it isn’t freezing outside.

(f) Did I mention sales?

One morning it was a bit windy as a snow front moved in. I wasn’t ready for it. Took a quick run down the slopes, went into the ski shop and bought a new layer. The cost – well, it was 40% off of 50% off, so the expensive fleece shirt cost $30. My husband bought an Oakley jacket – normally a $350 jacket for $60. I discovered I needed some new goggles – and they were half off.vBring an empty suitcase - buy what you need there.

(g) Restaurants are easy

You get hungry at noon- so does every other skier. Imagine going into a restaurant at the bottom of the slopes, walking to a table, and the waiter asking what you want. We liked the Baja Restaurant in Park City ski area – owned by the folks who have Bistro 412 – fresh, delicious – and we never had to wait for a table.

Dinner is the same. Park City has some great restaurants, and during the busy season it is hard to get a reservation. Spring Skiing- it was easy. Got into our favorite places without a problem, at the time we wanted – with great service and an appreciate staff — oh and the great food.

(h) Easy Accommodations

Our favorite place to stay is always busy, and hard to get to. We like ski-in ski-out, and Marriott Mountainside provides us that in Park City. Our-one bedroom unit was available and ready for us. Normally we need to book a year in advance for this, we didn’t – and we got a great deal.

Surprise Spring Snowfall - April 9th!

Can’t Wait Til Next Year

After spring break, next year, we will be coming back. Spring skiing is just too good to pass up. Bring a suitcase- empty of course.


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Comment posted by J.D. Cronin on October 21, 2013 8:18 PM MDT

Right on April.....zig when everyone else is zagging....buy when there is blood on the streets and sell when everything is just a little too good....your article leans into what spring skiing is all about.

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Comment posted by Kristen on October 21, 2013 11:28 AM MDT

Great great post! Completely agree. One of the best times to go on a trip. Even though there is never really a bad time for a ski trip:)

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