Best Spring Skiing in Colorado
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO LATE-SEASON COLORADO SKIING
Updated 10/17/19 for 2020 Colorado spring skiing season
Sun and Snow in the Rockies
After Colorado's epic 2018-2019 ski season, we're thrilled to see what spring skiing in Colorado holds this year.
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 “bluebird” 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?
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 an incredible winter like what we saw in 2019, epic skiing exists deep into the season. The snow was so good, Breckenridge stayed open through Memorial Day, which it plans to do in 2020 as well.
Here's a quick breakdown of the average March highs and lows of a few resorts in Colorado.
In 2019, we saw enormous amounts of snow, and skiing conditions were the best they'd been in 20 years, with A-Basin staying open well into June.
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 2020 closing dates for Colorado ski resorts are:
A-Basin: June 6
Breck: May 25
Beaver Creek: April 12
Vail: April 19
Telluride: April 5
Steamboat: April 12
Spring Break Featured Homes
The best homes ~ when you want them most
Every week we feature a few homes that would be perfect for a Colorado Spring Break getaway.
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5 full bathrooms and 2 half bathrooms
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Sleeps 8 guests
Steps from chairlifts at Beaver Creek
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5 full bathrooms, one half bath
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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 best ski-in, ski-out homes in Telluride.
Where to Stay in Telluride
Courcheval Retreat is ideally situated at the edge of Mountain Village Core, so you'll be walking distance to all the shops, restaurants, and bars of the ski village, yet also have true ski-in, ski-out access, amazing views, and peace and privacy.
Sleeps 14 guests
Multiple decks and balconies
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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:
5 bedrooms + 1 sleeping area
Sleeps 14 guests
Free shuttle to town
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What You Should Know
A Few Pro Tips ~ For Spring Skiing in Colorado
The Best Ski-in, Ski-out Homes in Telluride
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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.
Vail vs Breckenridge
One is a renowned family destination with a historic downtown, while the other boasts some of the best skiing terrain and most iconic ski village in North America. Which one is right for your next trip?
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