Warmer temperatures and the longer daylight hours of spring are here. Don’t put those skis away just yet! There is still snow at many ski areas, even this winter, and spring skiing is upon us! Below are 5 reasons why you should love spring skiing.
1. Improve your snow skills
|Spring does weird things to snow|
Warm sunny days and cold nights can create interesting snow conditions that can change with each run. Spring mornings start with a frozen crusty snow that softens throughout the day until it becomes slushy in late afternoon. It is not unusual to encounter powder snow at the top of the mountain, where it is colder, ice in the middle and slush at the base. If you can learn to deal with these conditions then you can ski almost anything.
2. Shed a few layers
|This is not me! image from MWVblog|
Spring skiing temperatures can range between 40 and 60 degrees. This means you can leave a few layers at home and ski without the possibility of frostbite. I still recommend wearing a water resistant layer to avoid getting soaked by the slushy snow.
3. Extend your ski season
|this beats spring cleaning|
This one is obvious, spring skiing lets you get more days on the slopes and who doesn’t want that? If you ski into April then you are only 6 months away from next ski season!
4. Fantastic end of season events
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Many ski areas like to end the season with a bang by hosting fun and hilarious events that you won’t find any other time of year. For example, Mount Snow will host the ReggaeFestMarch 23-25 and Killington will have the Bud Light Intergalactic Pond Skimming Championships on Saturday April 14. Check your favorite ski area’s event calendar to see what they are up to!
5. Spend less and ski more
The season is ending, snow is melting and many ski areas are offering great lift ticket deals to entice you back onto the slopes. Waterville Valley is offering $17 off lift tickets for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 and $10 lift tickets on April 1 for April fool’s day!
What are your favorite things about spring skiing?