As winter has officially come to a close, days on North American slopes are numbered. Spring skiing is great, but we all know it doesn’t last forever. As we begin to make peace with the end of the season, there’s one thing that might help soften the blow: end of season ski celebrations.
These are the live concerts, the outdoor parties and, of course, the epic pond skimming competitions. We know the season has to end at some point—might as well celebrate it.
Jackson Hole: Music Under the Tram—April 4-5, 2015 (and previous weekends)
Currently in its fourth year, this awesome live music concert series features top local talent and some awesome drink specials. This year the bands featured will be Moonalice and Manditory Air. The party starts at three, under the tram and Sunday April 5 is closing day, which means a big end of year celebration.
Jay Peak: Pond Skimming—April 11, 2015
There’s nothing that ends a ski season quite as well as a good old pond skim and Jay Peak hosts one of the best in the east. The competition starts at noon and should you enter, you’ll be judged on everything from best costume to best splash. Add to that some après action and what’s not to like?
Photo courtesy of Jay Peak
Whistler Blackcomb: World Ski & Snowboard Festival—April 10-19, 2015
“The biggest annual gathering of winter sports, music, arts and culture in North America,” says their website—and frankly it’s hard to disagree. This 19-year-old, nine day snow celebration brings every event you could ever think of to Whistler’s slopes. They only have one rule: “Party in April. Sleep in May.”
Copper Mountain: Sunsation Weekend—April 18, 2015
Copper has partnered with Dos Equis and Red Bull to pull off one of the most original weekend ski celebrations out there. Don’t miss their “Red Bull SlopeSoakers” event, which is an awesome twist on the traditional pond skim. And make it to the concert—Reel Big Fish is performing on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Copper Mountain
Spring Back to Vail—April 17-19, 2015
Self-described as “the biggest end-of-season bash in the Rocky Mountains,” Vail has a reputation for skiing hard and partying harder. This two week long celebration is a major draw for college kids on break with free concerts, the (unofficial) World Pond Skimming Championships, giveaways and some premium parties after the sun goes down.