6 Reasons Why Springtime is the Best Time to Hit the Slopes
Spring-time in Aspen and Snowmass is a special and happy time. There are more bluebird days, and the weather starts to heat up too. And who doesn’t love skiing in a t-shirt? Every time of the season in Aspen is magical, but Spring seems to bring out a euphoric buzz in the town. The spring atmosphere combined with all the happenings of Aspen and Snowmass in the Spring make it the perfect time to visit.
Here are 6 reasons (and there’s actually more) why should plan your vacation in Aspen and Snowmass in the springtime.
1. The Springtime Skiing and Snowboarding Conditions are Ideal
Aspen and Snowmass experts agree— some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions can be found in the springtime. It sounds contrary, but hear us out. The snow has been piling up and packing down all winter long. And while there is still a chance of a springtime snowstorm, for the most part, the weather in Aspen and Snowmass in March and April remains warm and sunny.
Imagine sliding down the slopes under a bright blue sky and feeling warm and toasty sunshine on your face. It’s the best of both worlds. Perfect, snow-packed, gorgeous ski slopes bathed in mild breezes and bright sunshine. Don’t forget to slather on some sunscreen before hitting the springtime slopes! You’ll also want to pack for a mix of weather— bring the ski parka, but also pack a light jacket and a few t-shirts, too.
2. The Ski Slopes in Aspen Snowmass in the Spring are Uncrowded
The perfection of spring skiing in Aspen Snowmass is still a bit of a well-guarded secret. Chances are you’ll rarely encounter a lift line in March or April. And you’ll have an excellent chance of scoring those sublime first tracks, too. It can sometimes feel like you have the whole mountain to yourself.
Fewer crowds on the slopes also mean fewer crowds in town, too. You won’t be waiting for a table for brunch or dinner or standing in a long line for coffee. The boutiques and shops are calmer and easier to browse, too. It’s a quieter time in Aspen and Snowmass all around, adding to the peaceful vibe.
3. Longer Days Mean There’s Even More Time to Ski in the Spring
With the days getting longer, the slope times get a bit longer, too. After President’s Day, skiers and snowboarders in Aspen & Snowmass enjoy lifts that stay open until 4 PM most days. That gives you a full day of epic, world-class skiing and still plenty of time to enjoy aprés-ski.
The extended springtime hours add a feeling of ease to the slopes. Combined with the warmer temperatures and bright sunshine, spring skiing in Aspen and Snowmass is truly a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
4. Aprés-Ski Takes Center Stage
Sure, Aspen and Snowmass are famous for their epic skiing and snowboarding, gorgeous views, and luxurious shopping. But if there’s another aspect of the ski scene that Aspen and Snowmass excel at— it’s aprés-ski. If you’re unfamiliar, the term aprés-ski was coined in the Swiss Alps and is French for “after ski.” The tradition used to include huddling with friends over some mulled wine or spiked cider after a long, cold day on the slopes.
The aprés scene is Aspen is always changing as new bars and venues open up, but Aspen and Snowmass never fail to throw a good party! After a day on the slopes, find a spot in town to join in the celebrations. Locations such as Aspen Art Museum will have live Dj sets for après-ski parties, and many mountain-side spots will be hopping such as Ajax Tavern, The W and Chica. Cloud 9 on Highlands Mountain is always popular for extravagant parties and Alehouse at the base is a great time!
5. Events, Competitions, and Celebrations— Oh My!
Once you slip out of your skis, there’s always plenty to do and explore in the springtime. Events, competitions, and celebrations are everywhere in Aspen and Snowmass in March and April. Check out a few of these, and plan your spring break trip around the one that you don’t want to miss:
KickAspen Night Skiing is an event returning for one weekend only at Aspen Mountain this March. From 7-10 pm on March 24th and 25th, ride the Little Nell chair under the moonlight. Live music will entertain the base of Aspen Mountain while the chairlift runs.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup returns to its Aspen Mountain course March 3-5. Gear up to watch professional alpine skiers take on the challenging downhill course and compete in ‘Men’s Super G’ and ‘Downhill’ races.
For more serious competition, check out the Nastar National Championships. On April 3rd- 8th, Snowmass will play host to some of the fastest downhill racers in the country, across multiple categories and brackets. Slalom racers of all ages will compete for national Gold in 2023 and a number of exciting events will follow in Snowmass throughout the week.
The Bud Light HI-FI Concert Series returns to Aspen this spring to Downtown Aspen and the gondola plaza. March 3, 4 and 5 enjoy live music from the Downtown Aspen stage and March 25th at the gondola plaza in conjunction with KickAspen night skiing.
End-of-season celebrations are everywhere! Find some of the biggest parties of the Winter on closing days. As each mountain closes on it’s respective dates, a closing day party is thrown! Highlands mountain closing day is known as the biggest celebration but every closing day is fantastic in it’s own regard.
Photo: Aspen Snowmass
6. You’ll Find Great Springtime Rates on Lodging
Shoulder seasons— like springtime— mean less demand for lodging. And less demand always translates into lower prices. You can save even more by skipping the generic hotel and booking one of our luxurious vacation rental homes in Aspen and Snowmass. How does renting a home over a hotel save money? Book a big house that can hold the whole family or a group of friends— and split the cost. And renting a home with a fully-equipped kitchen means you aren’t forced to eat out for every meal, which adds up to huge savings.
A memorable springtime trip to Aspen and Snowmass starts with choosing the right accommodations. Take a peek inside an incredible ski-in/out escape, Luxury Durant Condo, in an unbeatable location in Downtown Aspen. With its modern design, entertainment spaces, and mountain views, it’s a treat for the senses as well.
To see even more Aspen and Snowmass vacation rental homes that are perfect for a springtime getaway, click here.
Head to the Aspen and Snowmass Mountains This Spring
Although skiing and snowboarding may be synonymous with winter sports, opening your mind to a vacation on the slopes in the springtime can be a game-changer. Go against the crowds that flock to predictable southern climates in the springtime. Head to the mountains and do some spring skiing in Aspen and Snowmass instead. You’ll enjoy uncrowded activities, discounted prices, gorgeous weather, and the unmatched, world-class skiing and snowboarding that Aspen and Snowmass are famous for.
The local experts at Aspen Luxury Vacation Rentals are here to help you plan the perfect spring getaway to Aspen and Snowmass this year. Contact us today to get started. Head to the mountains of Aspen and Snowmass instead. You’ll enjoy uncrowded activities, discounted prices, gorgeous weather, and the unmatched, world-class skiing and snowboarding that Aspen and Snowmass are famous for.