1. Spring Skiing
Longer, sunnier days and surprising powder storms make Aspen a spring skiing paradise. The ski season officially ends in mid-April, but Aspen Snowmass is known to extend the season longer if the snow continues to pile up. Still not convinced? Take a look at these spring ski deals. Not a skier? With bluebird skies and sunshine filled days, spring is also known as après ski season.
2. Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals
Aspen will host the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals from Mar.15 – 19, marking the first time the event has been held in the U.S. in 20 years. The races will feature the best men’s and ladies’ alpine skiing athletes in the world competing in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and nation’s team event. Aspen has a long history of World Cup ski racing having hosted the first World Championships outside of Europe in 1950. Check out our online event calendar to find out what else is going on this spring.
3. Multi-Sport Advantage
Spring is a season with multiple personalities in the Colorado Rockies which makes it an ideal for adventure seekers to visit. March can be the snowiest month of the season, yet also provide warm bluebird days with skiers heading downhill in t-shirts. Off the mountain, the trails are thawing and town is warming up. This means primetime for mountain biking as the trails that are exposed to sunshine all day are free of snow and ready to ride. While many people head out of town once spring time rolls around, our fish in the valley are year round residents, and they are ready to bite come mid-April. As the snow is melting, the river is rising, and the fish are feeding like crazy in the deep pools. Additional off mountain recreation to enjoy in the spring includes hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and more.
4. Lower Lodging Rates and Local Deals
With the buzz of the winter crowds gone, many local lodging and businesses around town offer various deals and discounts. Check the local papers and ACRA website for deals, and enjoy this time of solitude to recharge for the busy summer months.
5. Closing Day Parties
Aspen Snowmass is known to put on the best closing parties in the state of Colorado. This year’s festivities kick off at Buttermilk on April 2 with Bacon Appreciation Day. Pork lovers can enjoy samples of bacon all throughout the mountain, a bacon and beer happy hours at Bumps Restaurant and a bacon themed cocktail competition. The parties continue with closing day at Aspen Highlands on April 9 and finally, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass shutting down the season on April 16. We suggest costumes for all closing parties. For some inspiration, check of footage from last year’s infamous Highlands closing party.