The past 48 hours has brought yet another series of snowy nights leaving plenty of fresh snow on the slopes of Vail Resorts from California to Colorado. The spring skiing or snowboarding could not be better and it’s the perfect time to come enjoy these world class mountain ski hills for their spring season deals, numerous fun filled events, music and more.
Let’s go to Breckenridge first and take a look at Spring Fever throwing down concerts, mixers, happy hour and races from April 1st through the 24th, their final day of the season. April Fool’s day kicks it off Spring Fever style with the first EpicMixer singles event. Every Friday til closing, meet fellow singles and wanna be singles at the T Bar for drinks and good times. Saturdays and Sundays you can check out the LIVE concerts in the afternoons at the Peak 8 base. Leave your headphones in your coat and hit the dance floor with someone you may have met at the EpicMixer! Thursdays feature 5 til 5 Terrain Park Happy Hour right off the 5 Chair lift and on Saturday April 9th, the Breck Spring Beer Festival takes over Main Street Station Plaza with brews, views and free live music. To throw more amazing events your way, the Breck 5 Peak competition, North America’s longest ski mountaineering race takes place April 9th and the Imperial Challange will be held on April 16th. Finally, all month long, to celebrate their founding in 1859, participating restaurants will offer delicious menu items for $18.59. visit www.breckspringfever.com for more info. Lodging in Breckenridge is 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
How about Tahoe you ask? Glad you did. Northstar-at-Tahoe welcomes spring with their annual Spring It On festivities. The can’t miss pond skimming contest and 80′s dress up day will put you in the mood to hit the slopes and listen to more LIVE music on the deck of the Big Springs Day Lodge at mid mountain from 1-3 and on the Village stage from 3-6. www.northstarattahoe.com 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
Back in colorado, Vail is celebrating the 21st year of the Taste of Vail April 7th-9th. The nation’s premier spring food and wine festival is held at several venues throughout the ski resort and over the course of three days, the event brings in thousands of people who have the pleasure to experience the valley’s world class restaurants, fine wine from top wineries abound the world, interactive seminars, an auction and dance, the Colorado Lamb Cook Off, apres ski tasting and the ever popular mountaintop picnic on Vail Mountain. For more information visit www.tasteofvail.com or call (970) 926-5665.
A huge end-of-the-season bash with free concerts from national headliners, on-snow events and street parties rocks Vail from April 15th-24th. 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 makes Vail the place to be this spring. www.vail.com/springback
Down the way at Keystone, April 9th features a free concert with Robert Earl Keen from 4-7 and a kids’ game zone to put the little one’s while you rock out and boogie away your thoughts about sore ski legs. You can even score a free T-shirt with a purchase of $30 or more form any River Run Merchant. Sunday April 10th, it’s Keystone’s Slush Cup with partying at the base of Mountain House with brews, BBQ and pond skimming. Oh yeah, did i mention Irie Still will be keeping it real with raggae vibes throughout the afternoon? Visit www.keystoneresort.com for more info. 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
One last Colorado stop before we head to South Shore. Beaver Creek hosts the Vintage Ski Fest and The Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vinatage SkiRace on April 16th. Held in honor and memory of ski racing legend Jimmie Heuga, the event is a throwback to the 1940s featuring a Vintage Vendors Fair in the village and a lineup of competitions on the Haymeadow Race Course complete with canvas competitor bibs, hand-painted banners, natural bamboo gates, old fashioned scoreboard and more. So dust off the skinny skis, bright colored gear and vintage accessoriesl and join the competition, or stop by as a spectator to enjoy the final weekend of the ski season and for a chance to win great prizes including Epic Passes and American Airline tickets. For information call (970) 754-4636 or visit www.beavercreek.com. Save big 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
Our last stop of season ending fun is on the California Nevada border at South Shore Lake Tahoe for Heavenly’s annual spring break skiing and riding celebration, Spring Loaded, April 9-16th. Filled with sunshine, Heavenly’s famous spring conditions, the infamous pond skimming contes 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 and the finals of the Stateline Showdown amateur slopestyle competition. 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