Spring has officially sprung here in California meaning it is time to put those long undies away and unzip those vents. Our local mountains are looking at sunshine on the way and temperatures in the 50′s. We are sad to see winter go (if winter ever really came at all) but we are excited for some of the perks of spring skiing.
When we think of spring riding we picture skiing in your t-shirt and taking park laps with your buddies. Last spring Kirkwood Mountain Resort did just that, and powered up the Snow Park Technologies (SPT) snowcats and built Bobby Brown’s dream slopestyle “Megaslope’ course. Watch below.
Video by Red Bull.
Spring in the mountains also calls for bikinis and board shorts. Bikini runs are a necessity for any college spring break trip.
Bikinis all around for the UCLA snowboard/ski team during a bikini run at Mammoth Mountain / Photo courtesy of UCLA snow team
Pond skimmer’s getting into the true spirit of spring break / Photo: Peter Morning / Mammoth Mountain
Another benefit of spring riding is the ever-so-classic pond skim at Mammoth Mountain. Brave souls whip-out their best costumes for the crowd and b-line it for the pond in hopes to have enough speed to skim all the way across.
San Diego State Snow Team’s Becky Robinson in her greatest form skimming across the pond. / Photo: Peter Morning
For some reason once the sun comes out and the temperature goes up, the crazy skiing outfits surface. Big Sky Resort presents ‘Extreme Spring Skiing’ a video throwing it back to the 80′s with jean shorts, bikinis and a good time. Watch below.
Video by Big Sky Resort
This spring Red Bull presents Slopesoakers at Copper Mountain April 13th! At Red Bull Slopesoakers, competitors will show off their tricks on rails suspended above two separate pools of water. This twist on a traditional pond skim is free for all to enter but will be capped at 100 participants. Be sure to pre-register to secure your spot! Watch the footage from last years event below.
Video by Woodward At Copper.
Grab your friends, bikinis and skis and head up to your local mountain this spring!
Feathery, soft snow makes it easy to practice new tricks for next season / Photo: Miguel Megias
Photo: Miguel Megias