Ask anyone from veteran skiers to first timers and they'll tell you, there's nothing quite like skiing in the sun. Sure, spring skiing is the most bittersweet kind of skiing, but the emphasis is most definitely on the sweet.
After a long winter of practice, you might be at the top of your game, ready to show off your skills in shorts. Or maybe you haven't gotten out there as much as you would have liked-spring affords you those last few, fleeting opportunities.
There's no better way to cap off a great season than grabbing some friends for a long ski weekend. Deals are at their best during the last few weeks and ski and stay packages make it easy to get out on the mountain.
Spring also brings many welcome changes and additions including longer days, lower prices and typically shorter lines. Add to that the fact that mountains pack the last few weeks full of live music, great food and competitions, usually for free or at deeply discounted rates, and it's a ski bums paradise. These snow celebrations highlight everything that's great about ski mountains and warm weather, and a few on our list might even be bucket list worthy.
Last, but certainly not least on the list of things to love about spring skiing is the feeling. If you have yet to experience it, we urge you to go, and if you've gone-you just know it. That relaxed, care-free vibe that's shared by everyone on the mountain as soon as the sun starts shining is one of the best things about ski and snowboard culture. In the dead of winter there is a rush to lay the first tracks, to get the best powder, but in spring everyone seems to abandon that urgency in favor of simple enjoyment.
If you're wondering where you can experience that enjoyment, we've put together a list of mountains that are still open and going strong this spring.
Open until May 11.
According to Jay Peak, nearly 90 percent of their terrain is currently open and you can access that terrain using any of their lifts, which are all still open. The only big difference between January and April is the beautiful sun.
Open daily until April 20, with weekends until May 18.
This lesser-known mountain has seen almost 350 inches of snow so far this season and is currently maintaining more than 20 trails. Stop by on April 19 for the Bikini & Board Short competition, and take advantage of $30 lift tickets during the extended weekends.
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Open until May 25.
Mt. Bachelor has a solid snow base which will make the mountain skiable until Memorial Day Weekend, far longer than most other mountains in the U.S.