With a parade of storms heading our way, the Southwest’s slopes are far from ready to shut down for the year. Here’s why spring is arguably the best time to hit the mountain
1. The weather
Warmer temps and sunny skies sure make a long chair ride more pleasant. But beware the dreaded goggle tan line — make sure you slather on the SPF before heading out for the day.
2. The gear
Along with nice weather come fewer layers and less stuff to haul. Is there anything better than carving down a mountain on a sunny day in a t-shirt? If you really want to pack light, try renting your whole look. Get Outfitted offers complete gear and clothing rentals, shipped directly to your destination. They even offer vintage onesies so you can hit the slopes in style.
3. The lines
Spring skiing means fewer crowds, as the masses head for the beach this time of year. Their loss equals less waiting and more skiing for you.
4. The après
End your day on a patio, drink in hand — as the temperatures creep up, the après scene extends to the outdoors. And at some resorts, the celebration of spring morphs into a full on festival: Breckenridge welcomes a variety of musicians and bands to town for their month-long celebration of the season, Spring Fever.
Where to go
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