Many mountains across the continent are still getting fresh snow with a side of spring sunshine. They’re getting ready to host some of the best competitions during the day and some of the craziest parties at night, while offering spring breakers some quality time on the slopes and great goggle tans.
In anticipation of this weeklong break from school, we put together a list of 10 amazing ski spots for spring break.
The resort that snagged the top spot on our best ski resorts list is also a major spring break hot spot. In addition to offering the most skiable acres on the continent, Whistler Blackcomb has a solid 57-inch base (despite disappointing snow totals in the area) and is hosting the Whistler World Ski and Snowboard Festival from April 10-19. The 10-day festival will feature live music from some amazing artists and food and drink specials. Oh and did we mention that the drinking age is 19?
This wild west mountain town offers college kids one of the best spring break options in the country. Jackson Hole has seen nearly 300-inches of snow this winter making it a top spring ski spot. As if great conditions weren’t enough of a draw, the resort is hosting 31+ bands in the 31 days of March—they’re calling it March RADness. Along with the free live music, there are deals on everything from airfare to drinks—we all know college kids could use a good deal.
The east coast has seen some great snow totals in the later half of winter, making the area a great spot for early spring skiing. Mount Snow has accumulated 180 inches of snow this winter, which has left a base of more than 20 inches and overall great conditions. Beyond the slopes the mountain is hosting tons of events, from competitions like the Carinthia Freeski Open (from March 13-15) to free music through the Budlight Concert Series.
In addition to an epic 275 inches of snow this season, the mountain is hosting Breck Spring Fever 2015. From March 21 to April 19, this month-long festival will feature artists as varied as Third Eye Blind, Eric Paslay and American Authors, alongside 5 competitions, beer festivals and other great events. The snow and sun is all set for spring in Breck, but Spring Fever 2015 is a great reason to visit too.
Head up north for spring break to find a 55-inch snow base and a resort that’s still seeing new snowfall; Le Massif de Charlevoix is a great escape for avid skiers and beginners alike due to the variety of terrain. Whatever your interest you’ll find it here, in addition to great skiing the resort is hosting concerts, competitions and live DJs every Saturday—there’s even a Folk BBQ Weekend in April.
Set in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah, this skier-only mountain typically sees some incredible snow totals, usually around 500 inches annually. Though Alta is only at 250 inches so far this year, conditions are still great for the spring. Check out one of the competitions Alta is hosting or take part in recreational racing this spring and then enjoy some après ski drinks.
With plenty of snow and more predicted in the next week, Mt. Bachelor is set to offer some amazing conditions for skiing and riding this spring. The mountain currently has a 50-inch base, one of the deepest snowpacks in the country and is just a half hour ride away from Bend, a top spot for food, entertainment and adventure.
Looking for a spring break getaway that’s off the beaten path? Alaska is just about as far off as you can get. That means you won’t be waiting on long lift lines or standing at the bar waiting on a drink. The remoteness also means untouched snow—and lots of it. Alyeska has seen 286 inches so far this season and the snow is still falling. Visit for night skiing and riding during spring break (March 5-14), the St. Patrick’s Day party or check out the EDM Weekend (March 27-28).
This massive ski area set just north of Yellowstone has it all—great snow, more than 5,600 skiable acres open and tons of events. There’s a lot going on at Big Sky this spring, with everything from live music to yoga sessions on the calendar the resort has something for everyone.
Typically considered one of the higher-end resorts out there, Vail is anything but stuffy in the spring. Though lift tickets may be a bit more expensive than the average mountain, this resort has plenty of room for everyone and one of the best spring festivals around. Spring Back to Vail takes place from April 17-19 this year with free live concerts, the World Pond Skimming Championships and some insane après parties. If you can’t wait until April there are parties and events, like Decimo the mountaintop party, throughout March.