Tag: spring skiing
A well-muscled young man skis across a long, thin puddle of water in what may be a red Speedo but is more likely his underpants. He is soon followed by Duff Man, a Homer Simpson superhero complete with cape, rubber biceps, and utility belt stocked with cans of Duff beer. It is not Halloween.
The spring ski and ride season has been incredible recently at the ‘Basin, and today was no exception. The snow report you saw this morning was accurate – 12” of fresh snow blanketed Arapahoe Basin Ski Area today, just in time for another weekend of live music, amazing food and – of course – the best skiing still available in the state.
We’re loving the April snow that we’ve seen so far, and we’re having a strong late-season here in Colorado Ski Country. We have four resorts that are still open, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Aspen Highlands and Winter Park, and we’re affectionately calling this the “season that won’t quit.”
This blog post comes to CSCUSA from Amber Johnson, editor of MileHighMamas.
I’ll admit it: I wasn’t a fan of Spring Skiing until recently. I had previously viewed it as a hot, slushy mess but at the end of last season, I looked at the bluebird sky, basked in the balmy temperatures, sailed down the mountain in my t-shirt (sorry, no bikinis here) and thought, “How have I missed out on this all these years?
Spring on the slopes is a non-stop party as temperatures and people thaw. If that is not enough of a draw, here are some tips for making the most of your spring skiing experience.
1). Sunscreen. If you weren’t slathering your sun protection on your face before, do it now. The sun is exponentially more intense and if you’re like me, your winter tan a.k.a. bone-white skin is highly susceptible to burning.
2) Layers. I’ll admit it: I packed for my spring ski trip the same way I would have in the dead of winter with long johns and my warm clothing. Ditch the heavy stuff but keep in mind it’s still chilly in the morning. By afternoon, you’ll be removing most of it.
3) Hydrate. Between the blazing sun, the altitude and the dry air, you’ll be surprised how quickly you fall victim to dehydration.
4) Gotta wear shades. For me, my goggles get waaaay too hot in the spring. Whether you stick with them or opt for sunglasses, remember your eyes need to be more protected than ever out there.
5) Change your skiing style. The snow is heavier in the spring so keep your weight more balanced on each foot. Don’t push through the snow and instead slice through it like a knife. Be sure to go a bit faster so you don’t get weighed down.
6) Speaking of skis, make they are tuned correctly. A warmer-temperature wax will keep your skis from sticking to the snow.
7) Here comes the sun. We worship the sun during spring skiing so be sure to follow it around the mountain. The best runs have full sun exposure to soften up the slopes for epic carving conditions.
Schneetag, the last official Aspen/Snowmass event of the 2012 – 2013 season, will bring plenty of laughs to Snowmass on Sunday, April 14, as both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will feature closing day fun.
As the winter season comes to a close the tradition of celebrating spring skiing and riding continues with Sunsation at Copper Mountain. The two-day festival includes live music, off-the-wall competitions and plenty of great conditions and sunshine to go around.
As the season winds down and the weather begins to slowly warm up, resorts are beginning to close throughout Colorado Ski Country. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin will remain open into May as usual, continuing the tradition of Colorado having one of the longest seasons in the nation, but many others will start to close in the next couple of weeks. Check out the list below so you know where to head before the 2013-14 season is in the books.