Best Spring Skiing in Colorado
Your Complete Guide to Late-Season Colorado Skiing | Updated 8/21/19
Sun and Snow in the Rockies
Want to fast-forward to see the top 3 reasons not to miss Colorado's epic 2018-2019 ski season? In this piece, we provide updates on a few mind-blowing stats on this year's enormous total snowfall amounts. If you're on the fence about a last-minute spring ski trip, this should provide enough convincing.
With 28 world-class resorts (see our page on comparing Colorado ski resorts here), Colorado is arguably the epicenter of North American ski culture. And spring is quite possibly the best time of year to ski these majestic mountains. The high elevation often brings “blue bird” conditions in the months of March and April. Complete with sunny, blue skies that make spring skiing so enjoyable – it’s a unique treat that Coloradans cherish. The best part? You typically don’t have to sacrifice excellent snow conditions to enjoy the milder weather. March and April are often the heaviest months for Colorado snowfall, so you’re equally likely to be cruising through fresh powder as you are to be getting a suntan. Now how’s that for a two-for-one?
Update: Multi-mountain passes for Colorado mountains and resorts around the world typically go on sale in March and April. Click here to learn more about which ski pass is right for you and see 2019-2020 season pass prices.
Skiing in Colorado in March can be confusing to out-of-towners. Colorado actually sees its highest monthly snowfall in March -- around 25-30 inches on average in the high country. However, these dumps of snow are typically followed by warm, spring-like days, when you'll see people skiing in shorts and t-shirts. The combination of heavy snowstorms and bluebird days creates a great apre-ski scene, so you're likely to see some kind of event or party going on during the weekends and Spring Break.
As for snow quality, in a "normal" year, it can be mixed. However, after the incredible winter the Rockies have seen in 2019, there will be epic skiing deep into the season. If you ever were to plan a spring ski trip, this is the year. In fact, the snow is so good, Breckenridge announced it will now stay open through Memorial Day (May 27).
Here's a quick breakdown of the average March highs and lows of a few resorts in Colorado.
In 2019, we've seen enormous amounts of snow, so this year's April skiing conditions are likely to be the best they've been in as many as 20 years. Already, Breckenridge has extended its season to Memorial Day, and A-Basin will be open into June. To celebrate this historic season, InvitedHome is offering the 4th night of your stay for free when you book 3 nights between April 1 and April 30, 2019. To learn more about this April special, call us at (970) 368-8082. And remember, any InvitedHome rentals include 24-hour guest services, a dedicated vacation consultant from booking to checkout, high-end linens, and a responsive local team to ensure your stay goes exactly as planned.
For many, April is a time for fun last runs of the season with friends, mixing other activities in thanks to the longer days, and resort-sponsored events. Concerts, parties, and festivals are common. If you're looking for a great spring skiing experience, head to any of the resorts for their final-day festivities. Below is a list of 2019 Colorado ski resort closing dates.
And here's a look at April's average highs and lows:
The 2019 closing dates for Colorado ski resorts are:
A-Basin: June 6 (This estimate is one of the latest in the state)
Breck: May 27
Beaver Creek: April 14
Vail: April 21
Telluride: April 7
Steamboat: April 14
Spring Break Deals
Discounted Vacation Rentals ~ when you want them most
Every week we feature a few homes that would be perfect for a Colorado Spring Break getaway, and even include a discount on them. Check out this week's discounted homes below, and click to learn more about the home.
Where to Ski in Colorado in March and April
The resort you choose comes down to a couple qualifications, including when you’re traveling, and who’s in your group.
While there isn't a resort at the base of the mountain, there's plenty of lodging options nearby. Check out our vacation rentals in Breckenridge, just a 30-minute drive from the lifts.
Be on the lookout for these events in Breckenridge in March and April
Helly Hansen Big Mountain Challenge
Youth Ski League Championships
Breck Spring Beer Festival
Breck Chili Cookoff
Breck Ascent Series Race #4
Closing Day & Breck Plunge
For lodging options, explore all our luxury Breckenridge vacation rentals here. Or check out our Spring Skiing Pick of the Week, Zephyr Chalet, pictured on the right.
Telluride was another resort that celebrated a fantastic season, with snow falling well into June. By the end of the season, about 27 feet of snow had fallen throughout the winter, with a snow depth of about 7 feet on closing day. Still, even after the lifts stopped running, it's common to see skiers skinning up and swooshing down perfectly skiable terrain.
Telluride also has some of the best ski-in, ski-out homes of any resort in the country. Whether you're looking for a ski-in, ski-out condo or a large hillside estate, you'll find it on our list of the 14 best ski-in, ski-out homes in Telluride.
Where to Stay in Telluride
Be one of the first to experience the recently remodeled Five Woods Retreat, which now has 7 bedrooms and can sleep up to 18 guests. Located directly on the golf course, it has sweeping mountain views, and is close to all the world-class skiing Telluride is known for. You'll also experience:
Winterfell has the ski-in, ski-out access you're looking for, and the space you need. With 5 bedrooms and an additional sleeping area, up to 14 guests can stay in this gorgeous mountain home, which also features:
What You Should Know
A Few Pro Tips ~ For Spring Skiing in Colorado
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Beaver Creek vs Vail
What’s the difference between skiing Beaver Creek and skiing Vail? It’s a question our Guest Experience teams get all the time, so we thought we’d offer our deep knowledge of both resorts to help you choose the best destination for your family or group.
Which Colorado Ski Pass is Right for You?
Overwhelmed at all the different price points and offerings of the different ski passes? We break them all down for you here, so you can confidently choose the right one for your ski season.
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