We're still keeping our fingers crossed for at least one more late-season powder day, but we're calling it--springtime has officially arrived in Park City. If you've been up on the slopes, getting your sunny slush runs and sweating in the 50-degree temps, you know it's true. There's fewer days of the season ahead of us and more behind, but the fun is far from over. There are still plenty of things to love about spring skiing in Park City; following are a few of ours.
Longer, Warmer Days
It's been an unusually cloudy, stormy season and we've loved all the pow, but admit it, seeing the sun for a change is kind of nice. The end of the season is in sight and everyone wants to enjoy it to the fullest. Whether you live here or are just visiting, spring is about cutting loose; it's a salute to another winter season, with the job done right. There aren't many of us who live here who haven't said "This was the best powder day of my life," sometime this season, it was a record breaking snow year that we won't forget anytime soon.
Spring Concert Series
The mountains come alive with the sound of music as Park City Mountain ushers in the spring with their Spring Concert Series and Springrüv Festival. A variety of musical acts will be serenading anyone who wants to après with live music at both the Park City Base Area and Canyons Village including acts like Magic Giant, Grizzly Goat, DJ Velvet, and Garrett Lebeau.
Ski the Mountain, then Golf/Hike/Bike in the Valley
There aren't many places where you can go skiing and golfing on the same day. Park City, in the springtime, is without a doubt one of these places. Spend your morning on the slopes cruising corn snow, grab a quick lunch, and then head down to the valley for a late afternoon tee-time at one of the many golf courses in the surrounding area. More daylight means more time to play, hit the trail, and savor the outdoors.
Easter Celebration & Egg Hunts at the Resorts
No Easter celebration would be complete without and outdoor scavenger hunt for eggs. Park City Mountain's annual Easter Egg Hunt lets people of all ages search for 3,000 treat-filled eggs hidden across the mountain. Will you be the one of the lucky winners to find a golden egg with a complimentary season pass for 2017-18 inside? For the little ones, there will also be special Kids Easter Egg hunts (for ages 6-10 and 5 & under) hosted by the Easter bunny in the Kids' Corral where they can find eggs filled with candies or fun toys. The day will continue with music and après, so don't be late--festivities begin at 9 a.m. sharp on both the Canyons Village and Park City Base sides..
If you'd rather spend Easter morning up at Snowbird, you can join in for their Easter Sunday sunrise service at the top of the aerial tram. The short sermon, followed by live music, and accompanied by the gorgeous rising sun begins at 7:18 a.m. (tram rides 5:58-6:58 a.m.). Snowbird also hosts Easter egg hunt for kids 11 and under in Chickadee Bowl. There will also be Easter breakfast and brunch available at The Aerie, The Summit, and The Forklift. More details here.
Drinks on the Patio
For most of the season, it's way to chilly to sit around outside for more than a few minutes, but once the temperatures are into the 50s and 60s, it's too nice out not to. A few of our favorite places to enjoy a bevvy outside include the Silver Lake Village Ski Beach and deck at the Snow Park Lodge's EBS Lounge at Deer Valley Resort; on the Ski Beach at Canyons Village (between the Red Pine Gondola and Orange Bubble Express); at The Corner Store at the Park City Base; and at the Bridge Cafe & Grill on the deck at the Town Lift.
Skiing and kooky costumes go together like peanut butter and jelly. Yo can see costume-clad skiers out on the mountain at any time of year, but springtime brings unusual ski apparel choices out in force. Dinosaur, bear, rabbit, and a myriad of other animal onesies or princess tutus suddenly become the new norm on the mountain. Don't be surprised if you see a couple people in nothing but their bathing suit.
Ever wanted to strap on your skis and try to skim across a pond? If not, then you probably don't live in a ski town. The Annual Pond Skimming Contest on April 15 is the definitive symbol that spring has arrived. Come dressed in your best crazy costume and see if you can make it all the way across the water! Don't fancy getting wet? Come anyway and cheer on the brave souls who are daring enough to undertake such a feat. A massive crowd, dressed in costumes, drinking beers, and having a good time on the mountain is all a part of this classic Park City party.
Planning Shoulder Season Jaunts to the Desert
As much as we love playing in the snow, when the weather starts to turn many of us dream of shoulder season trips to the desert. Instead of flying south for the winter, when spring is in the air, we escape to Bryce Canyon, Vernal, Moab, Capitol Reef, Excalante, Canyonlands, etc. to camp, climb, hike, bike, and more. Haven't figured out an adventure yet? Here's some inspiration from the White Rim trail and Vernal.
Locals Rule the Final Days
In the final week or two of the season, the crowds of tourists dissolve and the resorts are ruled by locals. You can spot them a mile away, dressed up in costumes, cruising around in shorts and t-shirts, and having the time of their lives.
Want to keep the party going? Though Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort both close for the season on April 16, just over the mountain at Snowbird winter can last into July. And for just $419, you can purchase a Spring Season Pass, valid for access to the Tram and all chairs April 1 through the end of the season.
Regardless of what ways you choose to have the best spring break on the mountain for you, make sure you stay hydrated and always put on sunscreen before heading out to explore!