April is a great time for families in the mountains. With longer and warmer days, fun family events and great lodging deals families can enjoy the epic spring conditions this year at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Epic Snow Conditions
Currently Vail Mountain boasts more than 400 inches of cumulative snowfall to date at mid-mountain and is well above its 10-year seasonal average of 350 inches.
Northstar-at-Tahoe has more than 17 feet of snow still on the mountain, and almost 50 feet of snow since the start of the season, spring skiing and riding conditions are the best they’ve been in the past quarter century.
Vail Resorts April Family Activities
Breckenridge Spring Fever, April 1-24
Breck Spring Fever will kick off the first weekend of April and will conclude on Easter Sunday, April 24, the final operating day of the ski resort this season. From fun concerts to spring-themed events in town and on the mountain are happening throughout the month of April. Families should checkout:
Ripperoo’s Mini World Cup, Saturday, April 23 from 10am - 3pm
Come to the Swinger run on Peak 8; at this fun race, everyone’s a winner! Just show up at the start gate at any time throughout the day, fill out the registration form, RACE and win a special prize from Ripperoo! For kids of all ages who can ski or snowboard. Lift ticket required.
Weekend-Long Easter Egg Hunt,
Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24
Join us for one of the largest Easter Egg Hunts anywhere, as this free 2-day egg-stravaganza will give kids and adults alike the chance to hunt for prize filled eggs both on the mountain and at various locations around town! On Saturday, April 23, bring the family to the Breckenridge Recreation CenterVisit www.breckspringfever.com
for more information. for the 20th annual Great Egg Scramble. Take a picture with the Breckenridge Bunny, grab goody bags for the little ones and get ready for an all-out scramble.
Beaver Creek Resort Family Activities in April
Friday Family Fun Night,
Music, face painting, and great family dinner specials at The Ranch. Access via Buckaroo Express Gondola #1. Time: 4:00-6:00p.m.
Saturday Night Fever,
April 2, Disco music, costumes, and fun at The Ranch and Tubing Hill. Special family dinner pricing. Time: 4:00p.m.
April 3, Ski down to the Village with Ripperoo, our Ski and Snowboard School mascot, and friends. The parade goes down beginner Hay Meadow run serenaded by Ripperoo’s favorite music. Meet at The Ranch by 2pm to participate.
Keystone Resort Adventure Point Tubing
One of Colorado's best tubing spots is at the summit of Dercum Mountain at Adventure Point. With a good pitch and long runout, the park’s four tubing lanes deliver fast fun and entertainment for the entire family. Snow biking and slopecycle are also a part of the exhilarating times at Keystone's Adventure Point. New this year! Every Thursday is Disco Tubing night- to go along with the Kidtopia festival the Disco Tubing continues even when Kidtopia is not in session. Bring your best dance moves! Call 800.468.5004 or visit www.keystoneresort.com for more information.
The Village at Northstar, A Family Hub for Skating, S’mores and more
Skating in the Village at Northstar is a perfect place to top off a day of winter outdoor fun. Open and free to the public, the skating rink is surrounded by comfy couches and Cabana Bars where parents can enjoy a hot toddy or mulled cider in between laps around the rink. Skate rentals are just $5. For the ultimate winter dessert, families can purchase a gourmet s’mores kit and roast marshmallows around the fire pits in the Village plaza. The kits come with everything – chocolate, graham crackers, homemade marshmallows and roasting
Events not to miss in April include the resort’s annual Spring It On! festivities Saturday, April 2 featuring a pond skim contest, 80’s costume day, live music and other fun. And, Easter activities will take place at the resort Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 including an egg hunt for the kids!
for more information.
Vail Mountain Eagle’s Nest – Fun for all ages at Adventure Ridge and Bistro Fourteen
Bike on the snow, catch big air off a trampoline, and feed that mountain of an appetite from a menu made for kids of all ages. Play all day and well into the night at Adventure Ridge on the newly expanded tubing hill with new enclosed lift, kids’ snowmobiling, ski biking, rebound trampoline, and the Nature Discovery Center.
Enjoy a mountaintop meal after a day at play with Vail’s newest on-mountain restaurant. A celebration of Colorado’s highest peaks, Bistro Fourteen features family friendly cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Adults will enjoy a large selection of regional fare and seasonal microbrews. Bistro Fourteen’s special children’s menu offers a selection of appetizer, entrée, and dessert for just $10. Upon seating, children will be greeted with veggies and dip, leaving parents to enjoy an evening out with the family. For more information call (800) 404-3535 or visit www.vail.com
Kids Learn to Ski and Ride Deals
Also returning for its second season, Ultimate Four is a premium group lesson program for children ages 3–12 years with only four children per instructor. Kids will be able to explore the mountain while fine tuning their skills in a small group setting with a friendly professional instructor. $249 for lesson only; $269 for lesson and lift ticket. Book online at www.vail.com
or call (800) 404-3535.
April Lodging Deals at Vail Resorts
Spring Break On Us
Whether you dream of a spring on the snow covered mountains of Colorado, in the magical Southwest or on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, there’s a free night
waiting for you. Visit www.rockresorts.com
or call 866-461-ROCK (7625)
Beaver Creek Spring Break Eternal
Soak up sun and savings this spring at Beaver Creek with up to 30% off of lodging between March 19 and April 17. Rates start at just $62 per person, per night based upon quad occupancy when guests book a minimum of three nights stay in a two-bedroom Creekside Condominium at Beaver Creek Resort. Book online at www.beavercreek.com or by calling (800) 404-3535.
Breckenridge Spring Fever Room Night Special From $99
Check out the lodging in Breckenridge available starting at only $99 per night and 40 percent off condominiums. To take advantage of the Breck Spring Fever lodging special, call (800) 800-STAY(7829) or visit www.breckresorts.com
Heavenly Resort 4th Night and 3rd Day Free in March!
Pay for three nights lodging and two days of skiing and receive one extra night and day of skiing free! That's a savings of almost 30 percent. Click here
for more information.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Stay & Ski Free
Lodging packages start at $115 per person, per night (based on double occupancy in a studio condominium) and are offered daily from April 3, 2011 through the end of the 2010-2011 winter season. Some restrictions apply. For more information, please visit www.northstarattahoe.com
or call (800) GO-NORTH.
Keystone Buy One Night Get One Night Free
This year stay free at Keystone Resort. Buy 1 night lodging and get the 2nd night Free.
Forest Condominiums offer a secluded setting great for enjoying nature. A short shuttle ride provides access to the slopes and villages. Available March 27 through April 9, 2011. For more information visit www.keystoneresort.com