Mark your calendars for April skiing and riding in Colorado and California. With longer and warmer days, record-setting snow, fun events and great lodging deals, it’s time to savor spring skiing in Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe.
Record Setting Snow Conditions in Colorado and California
There’s been record-setting snowfall this season in Colorado, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone have had the highest year to date snowfall in the last 10 years. Plus, Breckenridge and Vail are open until April 24 this year.
It’s been a great snow year in Lake Tahoe also. Northstar-at-Tahoe has broken a 25-year snow record this season. The resort has received 466 inches season-to-date and has surpassed the average season snowfall by more than 100 inches.
Don’t Miss Spring Events:
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. For the full schedule of Spring Fever events, visit www.breckspringfever.com
- Live concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Peak 8 base
- EpicMixer singles events every Friday night at the T Bar
- 5 ‘til 5 Terrain Park Happy Hour every Thursday night off of the 5 Chair lift
- The Breck “1859 Restaurant Special” featuring special $18.59 menu pricing at town restaurants all month
- Breck Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, April 9 at Main Street Station Plaza! This event offers brews, views and free live music, featuring beer sampling from 25 craft brewers and bands
- The Breck 5 Peaks competition, North America’s longest ski mountaineering race, on April 9 The Imperial Challenge, taking place on April 16
Northstar-at-Tahoe Spring It On, April 2
Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort will welcome spring with its annual Spring It On festivities that include a pond skim contest, 80’s dress-up day, infinity box contest set up by the resort’s terrain park team, and more! Live music will also be offered on the deck of the Big Springs Day Lodge at mid-mountain from 1pm-3pm and on the Village Stage from 3pm-6pm. For more information visit www.northstarattahoe.com
Taste of Vail, April 7-9
In its 21st
year, the Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival, held at several venues throughout the ski resort. During the three-day event upwards of 5,000 people are able to experience the valley’s world-class restaurants, fine wine from top wineries around the globe, interactive seminars, auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, après ski tasting and the popular mountaintop picnic at the top of Vail Mountain. For more information visit www.tasteofvail.com
or call (970) 926-5665.
Keystone River Run Rocks, April 9
Come ski Keystone for a day and then stay for a free concert featuring Robert Earl Keen
from 4-7 p.m. A kids’ game zone will keep the young ones busy while the music plays. Beverages, alcohol and food sold á la carte. Free concert T-shirt with a purchase of $30 or more from any River Run Merchant. Visit www.keystoneresort.com
Heavenly Spring Loaded 2011, April 9-16
Heavenly’s annual spring break skiing and riding celebration is back, filled with California sunshine, Heavenly’s famous spring conditions, the infamous pond skimming contest…plus much, much more. Off the mountain there’s non-stop action with world-class entertainment, après-ski parties, and the South Shore’s 24-hour nightlife. Highlights for this year’s event include the Gunbarrel 25 hosted by skiing legend Glen Plake, the finals of the Stateline Showdown amateur slopestyle competition and two rounds of Heavenly's infamous pond-skimming championships! Off the mountain, the party will continue around the clock with concerts from the Cold War Kids and G. Love & Special Sauce at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. www.skiheavenly.com/SpringLoaded
Spring Back to Vail, April 15-24
Join us for a huge end-of-the-season bash with free concerts from national headliners, on-snow events and street parties. This year’s lineup includes performances from Grammy-Award-winning Train, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, The Greyboy Allstars, Shpongle, Stephen Marley and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. And don't miss the greatest spectacle of all – the World Pond Skimming Championships. A celebration of spring and the end of a great ski season, this is an event that you will not want to miss. Top off the festivities with incredible lift ticket deals and great lodging packages and you'll see why everyone knows Vail is the place to be this spring! www.springbacktovail.com
Beaver Creek Vintage Ski Fest & Race, April 16
Dust off the ol’ skis and sign up for a vintage ski race. Guests are encouraged to dress in vintage wool skiing attire and use old wood or metal skis to compete for top honors on the Hay Meadow race course, a throwback to the 1940s complete with canvas competitor bibs, hand-painted banners, natural bamboo gates, an old fashioned scoreboard and more. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Costume as well as top honors in several racing categories. Join the competition or stop by as a spectator. For information call (970) 754-4636 or visit www.beavercreek.com
Great Lodging Deals
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