Ahh yes, spring: the time of year when the days get longer and we can reset, recharge, and soak up the sun. Instead of finding sand stuck in your shoes for the next six months, enjoy all the mountain adventures that come with springtime in the Rocky Mountains. Bring your crew, bring your family, bring your dog — and let’s get outside! Here are five things you don’t want to miss out on this spring.
Bonus: While you’re reading, enjoy our funky springtime in the mountains playlist to set the mood.
1) Springtime Weather & Snow
Sun or snow? How about both! During spring, we get the best of both worlds up here in the mountains. Bluebird skies plus gentle snowfall means goggle tans and glorious conditions for skiing and riding. Trust us, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of warm sun on your back while you take leisurely turns on velvety soft snow. Plus, any picture you take with the mountains in the background is sure to get more than a few likes.
Also, unlike the winter season, spring typically means warmer weather, so you can pack that retro ski onesie or your favorite printed shirt for when you’re coasting down the mountain. Remember, layers are your friend!
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2) The Laid-Back Mountain Town Scene
When your legs are tired from exploring the mountain for the day, you can give them a stretch in the town of Winter Park. Enjoy locally-owned restaurants like Deno’s Mountain Bistro, Pepe Osaka’s Fishtaco, and Hernando’s Pizza Pub. After stopping by for dinner, head to one of the local breweries like our local Fraser River Beer Co., and Hideaway Park Brewery for a pint. Want to check out the shopping scene? There’s endless mountain wear and souvenirs to peruse at Cooper Creek Square! Whatever town experience you’re looking for, Winter Park delivers.
Pro Tip: Read our 100 Things To Do in Winter Park blog to see what else we have to offer in our beautiful town.
3) Trying Out A New Adventure
Have someone in your crew who wants to branch out from skiing and riding? We’ve got you covered! There are all kinds of activities on and off the mountain for you to enjoy any time of day. Have you ever biked on snow? Been tubing under neon lights? Made s’mores at 10,700 feet? Or seen the Milky Way with your naked eye? At Winter Park, there are plenty of ways to spend quality time with the whole gang and maybe even discover a new passion while you’re at it.
4) Longer Days, Sweeter Sunsets
As spring gives way to longer days, the natural beauty of the Fraser Valley is on full display. Whether you’re at Doc’s Roadhouse sipping a margarita, or enjoying Mountaintop Après following your Gondola ride up to Sunspot, you can sink into some sunset colors, larger-than-life peaks, and breathtaking views while swapping stories from your day.
5) Good Times, Even Better Memories
It’s true, we have fun all winter, but spring is really when the mountain comes alive. Time your spring trip to Winter Park right and you’ll catch our can’t-miss happenings. Live music and events like the High Fives Foundation Retro Shred-A-Thon, Bucket Banked, and our famous Spring Splash all bring out a side of the mountain you’ll only see once a year. Make sure to pack your favorite spring skiing outfit (bright colors and costumes are encouraged!).
Spring might be our favorite time of year (shhh, don’t tell mid-winter!). With a great town, world-class terrain, and adventures of all kinds from sunrise to sunset, it’s hard to beat spring in Winter Park. Grab your sunscreen, a couple layers, and your sense of adventure. We’ll see you when you get here!