Colorado ski resorts enter home stretch with March snow and spring activities
After a week filled with fresh snow and more on the weekends, Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are heading into the latter part of the season with the best conditions of the year. The late February storm brought over 20 inches of snow to resorts in southwestern Colorado and provided Front Range resorts with snow cover to cover the President’s Day weekend trails. March and April are historically Colorado’s snowiest months, creating a spring filled with powder and fun.
As the snow falls on the high country, Colorado Ski Country member resorts are preparing a full slate of concerts, festivals, dining experiences and more for guest enjoyment. From the Front Range to the San Juan, skiers and snowboarders will find plenty to do on and off the slopes.
See below for details on specific stations:
A-basin’s famous moonlit dinner series is back on March 19and for ‘A Night in Spain’. Diners can ski, snowshoe or take the lift under the stars to the mid-mountain Black Mountain Lodge for a chef-prepared meal that will transport the taste buds to another part of the world. One must reserve.
On Friday, March 11, Pool A will host the first-ever Steep Gullies Gauntlet in support of Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG). Participants can challenge themselves to see how many Steep Gullies towers they can muscle up while raising funds for a new SCRG seat. The event will be followed by dinner at the taco bar.
Finally, to celebrate 75 years of world-class skiing, join Arapahoe Basin the first weekend in April for three days of festive events. Events include Skimo, a mogul competition, scavenger hunts, after parties and a 1946-themed dinner at the 6and Lane (costumes encouraged).
On the occasion of the 75and years of operation, Aspen Snowmass will host ASPEN 75, a live performance at the Wheeler Opera House on March 11and & 12and. The live multimedia event in partnership with Pop Up Magazine will be a night of storytelling filled with disco, dynamite, thin ice, unlikely journeys, sisterhood, bootpacking, kitty litter, drunken dials, yodeling, and more as everyone celebrates 75 years of carving lines and creating possibilities.
The 22ndn/a The annual Bud Light Spring Jam festival returns March 25-April 3, bringing a week of competitions, downtown concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. This year’s schedule features a host of new and old mountain competitions and events including Banked Slalom on Snowmass, Terrain Park Boot Camp, Bud Light Mountain Challenge, KickAspen Night Skiing and Anon 4 MTN Mission , in which teams will race across the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass in a treasure hunt adventure race. The Spring Jam will also feature the Bud Light Hi-Fi concert series in March and April, and the Bud Light Core Party on the streets of downtown Aspen, with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats performing a free concert.
Aspen Snowmass Spring Concerts:
- 1st of March: The Diving, base village of Snowmass
- March 25: The Honeydrops of California, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
- March 26: Sea Billies, Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza
- April 2: Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Downtown Aspen
- April 8: Checkout, Snowmass Base Village
Cooper will continue the popular “Ski with a Ranger” program every Sunday until April 17and. Guests can ski around the mountain with a U.S. Forest Service ranger and learn about the flora and fauna of the area, learn to identify tree species, and get some history about Cooper and the 10and Mountain Department.
Copper Mountain, recently announced as the training center for the US Ski and Snowboard Team through 2025, will host the Special Olympics Winter Games on March 5and & 6and. Over 200 athletes will compete in downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing.
Subaru and Copper Mountain are thrilled to once again host Subaru WinterFest, a one-of-a-kind musical and mountain tour that invites friends, family, skiers, snowboarders, music fans and dog lovers to laze around in their love of winter and adventure! Head to Copper for live music, Subaru swag, the latest adventure gear, free snacks and drinks, activities for your pup, and amazing daily goodies! Subaru WinterFest at Copper Mountain is March 11and through the 13and.
Copper Mountain will also continue to host Play Forever Thursdays throughout March, offering $99 lift tickets with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit various nonprofits, including the Summit County Rescue Group, the Summit County Care Clinic and the High Fives Foundation.
Eldora to host Subaru WinterFest, a celebration of adventure and all things winter, starting March 4and – 6and. Eldora prides itself on having an incredible lineup of artists including Lissie, Pixie & The Partygrass Boys, Kind Hearted Strangers and Lindsay Lou, all presented by Harmon Kardon. There will be plenty to sip at Alpine Start Foods as well as s’mores and hot chocolate in the afternoon – not to mention daily freebies and opportunities to test out the latest gear from Mammut, Nordica Ski, Arbor Collective, Solo Stove, Dynamic Wax, Thule, Klean Kanteen, etc.
After a two-year absence, the 4th Annual Trick Ditch Banked Slalom presented by 10 Barrel Brewing Co will return to Eldora. Eldora’s Trick Ditch, home to one of Colorado’s first halfpipes, will once again be the scene of a unique, fun and fast slalom course where 150 riders will compete for their share of the $10,000 purse. Learn more at TrickDitch10.com
And every Friday and Sunday this spring, Eldora invites guests to hang out at the 10 Barrel Snow Beach beer garden area with our mobile pub, Lil’ Chugger. Relax with family and friends and enjoy live music, 10 Barrel beers and glorious sunshine. Learn more at Eldora.com/events.
Howlesen Hill will continue to host Ski Free Sunday each week for the remainder of the season. Colorado’s most affordable Sunday lift ticket, families can enjoy a free day of skiing by visiting Howelsen Hill Lodge to pick up their ticket.
Monarch’s signature event, Kayaks on the Snow, returns in April on the closing weekend (exact date TBD). Kayak competitors race head-to-head, like the cross-country skier, on a specially designed course with berms, embankments and bumps, ending in an icy pond!
Monarch also recently launched the Wings Pass, a season pass valid for the remainder of the 21/22 season and all of next season. The Wings Pass costs $569 and is available now.
Purgatory will offer guests who purchase three or more consecutive days of lift tickets a free $20 resort credit for each day of their visit beginning Feb. 28.and – April 3rd.
March at Purgatory is also prime time for Purgatory Snowcat Adventures (PSA). Owned and operated by Purgatory Resort, PSA is Colorado’s largest snowcat ski operation with access to 35,000 acres of guided terrain. To promote guest safety, expert guides and cat operators manage the terrain and select the best possible lines in each area and guarantee untracked powder every time. PSA also offers food tours and scenic snowcat tours three times a day.
Purgatory will hold a Pond Skim contest on April 3rd, a popular favorite for spectators and competitors with costumes, music and beer from Ska Brewing. Prizes are awarded for the best skim (male and female), the best wipeout and the best costumes.
Incredible sunny days for Colorado Bluebirds, hilarious and fun events, plus a boatload of Champagne Powder® snow mean spring will shine a whole lot brighter in Steamboat-Ski Town, USA®. Steamboat Ski Area celebrates the end of the winter season with a festival featuring a boatload of Springalicious® festivities and free concerts.
Event calendar :
March 4and, Sunlight will host the 2022 Defiance Challenge, an endurance competition challenging teams of two to see who can ski the most runs over the course of 10 hours on the mountain. The current record was set in 2010 with a total of 49 runs and over 66,000 vertical feet! Learn more and register to compete here.