Top 10 Spring Ski Destinations

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 8, 2014 10:10 am


Now that Winter has slowly but surely come to a close, we explore the best resorts to get our spring skiing on! All over North America from Canada to Alaska to California, there are slopes still to ride and parks to shred. Here are some of our top picks for Spring skiing, enjoy!

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Mountain just recently announced they were staying open through Memorial Day Weekend! Even though Winter came late, this past month Mammoth Mountain accumulated almost 100 inches alone. Mammoth looks into continuing the season long into May 2014 if the conditions allow. Check out the perks of spring skiing at the Mammoth Pond Skim and Bikini Run video here. Also check out their latest April bluebird pow day here.

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Even Woolly loves spring riding! / Photo: Mammoth Mountain

Whistler Blackcomb

February and March were incredible months for skiers and riders at Whistler Blackcomb, with a snowfall total of 508cm. March was the snowiest month of the season and Whistler’s third snowiest March in 10 years. Whistler Blackcomb’s terrain parks will be open for skiing and riding until May 26, 2014.

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Whistler Blackcomb’s March powder / Photo: Coast Mountain Photography

Big Sky Resort 

Big Sky Resort, Montana. Big Sky Resort is the biggest Ski and Snowboard Resort in the United States with over 5750 acres, 4350 vertical feet, and 250+ named runs. With a 121 inch snow depth this season and 100% of all lifts still open. Big Sky recently this April hosted the 2014 Subaru Freeride series drawing hundreds of international skiers.

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Subaru Freeride Series at Big Sky Resort / Photo: M. Epstein

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Mountain in Lake Tahoe, California. Spring in Tahoe is hard to beat with a snowpack of 176 inches total and fresh snow arriving well into March and April. This year April has had some of the best snow this season, check out the live conditions update from Heavenly’s own here.

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Heavenly Mountain hosted the 2014 Red Bull Snow Warz and the terrain did not disappoint / Photo: Red Bull Content Pool

Mt. Hood Meadows 

Mt. Hood Meadows recently took spring riding to a whole new level creating a new feature sure to cater to every skiers park desire. The mountain teamed up with Snow Park Technologies for their newest addition, The Spring Park. The resort boasts with a total of 134 inch snow depth and an extremely fun, new Spring Park for all levels of skiers to shred.

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Mt. Hood Meadows presents The Spring Park / Photo: Jay Carroll

Breckenridge Ski Resort 

Breckenridge is one of the top spring ski destinations not only for its great snow but also for its spring festivities. Along with having 101 inches of snow fall, Breckenridge is hosting the 2014 Breckenridge Beer Festival with 30 different breweries to try. Nothing says spring skiing like a cold beer on the deck! Check out the footage from this years Beer Festival here.

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Aspen taking laps through the park at Breckenridge on a sunny spring day / Photo: Stacy Spora

Aspen / Snowmass Ski Resort 

Aspen Skiing Company announced that Aspen Mountain will extend the season and reopen for the weekends of April 26-27 and May 3-4. The mountain will open with as much terrain as conditions allow. Aspen / Snowmass has received more than 300 inches of snow this season and base depths are at their deepest of the season right now.

Aspen spring hiking brings huge smiles as well as fresh snow. /  Photo: Aspen / Snowmass

Aspen spring hiking brings huge smiles as well as great snow / Photo: Aspen / Snowmass

Squaw Valley Ski Resort 

Squaw Valley has recently gotten hit with a winter storm that moved through the Sierra Nevada’s that delivered 61 inches of snow to Squaw Valley and 42 inches to Alpine Meadows. Outside Magazine just granted Squaw Valley the title of ‘Best Ski Resort For Spring Skiing’!

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A happy Squaw Valley skier gets untouched blanket of pow, in the spring nonetheless / Photo: Jeff Engerbretson

Mt. Baker Ski Resort 

Mt. Baker, Washington has a whopping 197 inch base with way more snow on the way this April. Mt.Baker is known to be one of the best resorts in America to have the best April pow, not to mention the perfect moderate temperatures around this time of year.

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Mt. Baker delivers terrain for everyone and guarantees good snow / Photo: Jeremy Dubs

Alyeska Ski Resort

Alyeska Resort, Alaska was rated one of Forbes top 5 ski resorts in U.S. based off their ‘Pure Awesomeness Factor’ (PAF). Last year’s snow season’s average snow fall was 726 inches and we are still tallying this years inch count, which is up to 447 inches so far. Not only does Alyeska Resort have fun when the snow is good, they also throw a huge bash to close the ski season with a bang! Watch footage of last years Spring Carnival At Alyeska Resort here.

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Alyeska Resort, Alaska, holy pow / Photo: Alyeska Resort