Colorado: Arapahoe Basin (A-Basin)
There’s simply no spring ski destination more iconic than Colorado’s A-Basin. Boasting one of the longest operating seasons in the U.S., A-Basin is typically the first ski area in the state to open and last to close. In 2017, the resort operated a full 230 days, staying open until June 11th! This year’s projected closing date is June 3rd. Thanks to an ideal combo of factors – including a base elevation over 10,500 feet and a summit exceeding 13,000, 350” average annual snowfall, a surplus of high alpine terrain, and favorable slope aspects, with a full 55% of its terrain facing north — A-Basin is superbly positioned for prime spring conditions, and it consistently delivers. The area’s newest in-bounds terrain, The Beavers and the Steep Gullies, offer some of the best north- and west-facing spring powder stashes, and exceptional tree skiing poised for epic spring turns. (And well worth the hike back to Pallavicini lift at the bottom!)
Above all, though, A-Basin is known for its character, with one of the liveliest (and craziest!) après party scenes out there. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more celebratory scene than “The Beach,” A-Basin’s slopeside parking area and ‘spring tailgate central,’ where costumes and shenanigans are as encouraged and embraced as the BBQs and beers. Pack your mini-grill and cooler, and arrive early to stake out your spot for prime tailgating! While The Beach is always a highlight, other can’t-miss spring events include the “Shakin’ at the Basin” spring concert series, running weekly April 28th through closing day, and the Annual Swimwear Day on May 12th (because who doesn’t relish a chance to hit the slopes in their best swim attire?!).