If you’re like most ski and ride enthusiasts you dread the talk about “closing day”, but don’t fear, the fun isn’t over just yet. It’s time to break out the neon onesie, lather on the sunscreen, and prepare for pond skimming.
We have to face reality that the mountains will be closing. Our final laps on slopes are almost over, so take the time to enjoy one last final hoorah! Check out the different spring skiing events happening at the mountain resorts.
Colorado Mountains Ski Resort Closing Day Events:
Breckenridge Closing Date: April 24, 2016
Spring Fever at Breckenridge doesn’t just last a day or weekend, it is a whole month long celebration during April. There will be live bands playing both weekends of April 9th and April 24th. The mountain and town also have other celebrations such as Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival, Spring Fever Park Jam, and The Imperial Challenge.
Copper Closing Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016
Wrap up the season at Copper Mountain’s Sunsation. From the Eenie Weenie Bikini contest to the RedBull Slopesoakers contest, you won’t want to miss out. Not to mention there will be live music, closing weekend both Saturday and Sunday afternoon!
Crested Butte Closing Date: April 3, 2016
Get that costume on that you’ve been saving up all winter for the Pond Skim. It’s okay to look completely ridiculous attempting to glide across the pond on your skis or snowboard. If the pond skim is not really your thing, give the Rail Jam a try! Then, wrap up the day with live music from various artists.
Keystone Closing Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
You may wipe out or be the Slush Cup campion, for there are many chances to claim your fame during Keystone’s closing day. Keystone also offers a Slush Cup for the kiddos, so bring the whole family!
Steamboat Springs Closing Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Join in the fun at the Springalicious Festival with the Pond Skimming Championships kicking off in the morning. The closing party continues in the afternoon with Colorado’s own Leftover Salmon to ‘Rock the Boat’.
Winter Park Closing Date: April 27, 2016
Extended Closing Date: May 7, 2016
The stage will start rocking on Saturday, April 23rd with an afternoon full of great artists and headliners, Americans Authors. Stay for Sunday and participate in the legendary Spring Splash heading into its 48th year.
Vail Closing Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Spring Back to Vail featuring the World Pond Skimming Championships will be entering its 14th year. Kick the party off on Friday, April 8th with a free concert at 5:30pm. All weekend the Vail Film Festival will be taking place and the Expo Village happening Friday and Saturday.
Arapahoe Basin Closing Date: TBD
The bash at A-Basin kicks off as the other mountains close and you can ski into summer! Starting April 23rd, catch the Spring Concert Series every Saturday until Sunday June 5th. Reserve a spot at “The Beach” and bring the grill to celebrate any occasion. Don’t miss Colorado’s Largest Swimwear Parade on Skis happening May 21st.
Utah Mountains Ski Resort Closing Day Events:
Alta Closing Date: April 17, 2016
Alta in April is the perfect excuse to get to Utah as this party starts April 1st and continues right up until closing day. Events include educational workshops, an earth day celebration, demo day and live music; you won’t want to miss out on the non-stop fun to celebrate.
Park City Closing Date: April 10, 2016
The party has already started at Park City with events happening just about every day in March at Spring Grüv! The tradition started about 9 years ago and is still going strong featuring the Pond Skimming contest, live music, kids après activities, S’mores and more. There isn’t a reason not to go!
Snowbird Closing Date: May 15, 2016
Hearing of a later closing date is like a dream come true. We know where we will be making some turns in May! Snowbird’s Après-Ski Music features live music every Friday through Sunday in the spring.
While we hate to say goodbye to the slopes, we know one thing is for certain during the spring – Après starts earlier in the day, the sun is shining brighter, and the live music will be jamming to close out the season right.
Do you have a favorite resort to send the season off in style or a mountain that is guaranteed fun? Add a comment below. Don’t know what spring skiing essentials you’ll need? Find out more here.
*Please note that closing dates can change based on weather and snow conditions.