Just when you thought ski season was over… think again.
Although March isn’t known as an ideal month to ski during the end of the season, it can have some of the best skiing if you know where to go. We all want to hit the slopes after an adequate amount of snow has dumped on the mountain, with an equal share of those beautiful bluebird days. And surprisingly enough, it’s not that difficult to find late in the season.
But the two most important aspects to consider while searching for the best places to ski in March are whether or not the terrain is north-facing, and the elevation of the resort. As the sun rises in the east, and sets in the west, the only direction that doesn’t receive direct sunlight is the north side of the mountain. We all love those warm rays against our skin, but when it comes to snow, you want to avoid direct sunlight as much as possible.
Additionally, the higher the elevation, the lower the temperatures, thus maintaining our pristine skiing conditions. Oh, and one last factor I forgot to mention is après ski, or the social activities and entertainment after a day of skiing. After all, it is spring break… Having fun after an epic day of skiing is just as important, because who wants to go back to their hotel room and stare at a wall?
So whether you’re new to skiing, or have years under your belt, this carefully curated list earns the title of the best spring skiing in 2018 (in my opinion, of course):
Snowbird is one of the best places to plan a ski trip in March, based on various qualities. For starters, it’s north-facing terrain protect snow quality, ensuring you get that powdery ride you’ve been searching for. Secondly, Snowbird offers trails for every type of skier. From easy runs, to expert, expect to find everything you’re looking for and more here. And the best part is that it’s only 27 miles away from Salt Lake City, Utah. As Utah’s capital, which sits at an elevation of 4,226 feet, you have endless options of things to do. From sightseeing, landmarks and hiking trails, to museums, concerts and restaurants, you’ll get a true city experience.
Mammoth Mountain, California
If you haven’t been to California, I’m sure you’ve heard of its laid-back culture. Things tend to move slower here, in a good way, giving you the relaxed break you need from the hustle and bustle back home. And at Mammoth Mountain, that’s all you’ll get. Perfectly nestled in the Inyo National Forest, expect chill vibes and pow for days, skiing amongst the top free ride competitors and ski racers from around the country. Yosemite National Park is just a short drive north of the mountain, so you know it’s an epic location, packed with aesthetic beauty. And at the end of the day, you can head into Mammoth Lakes to experience local cuisine, beer brewed with altitude, and boutiques filled with that mountain town charm.
At an elevation of 9,600 feet at the base and 12,998 feet at the top, Breckenridge is sure to maintain colder temperatures. And with 2,908 skiable acres, there is terrain for every level of skier. At the base of the mountain sits an adorable historic mining town with ample shopping, galleries and restaurants. Planning your spring break trip at Breckenridge will give you the relaxing, yet equally exciting, vacation of your dreams.
Ah, Northstar… A resort set in the beautiful Tahoe National Forest. The peak reaches an elevation of 8,610 feet, giving you epic views of Lake Tahoe in the distance. Talk about a serene place to ski. Northstar is also a great place for anyone, with 60% of trails for intermediate skiers. Take your pick from 100 different trails across 20 different lifts, and you’ll have a day packed full of riding. And if you have time to squeeze in some après adventures, head 7 miles northwest to Truckee, California. Ever seen a classic western film? You’ll feel like you’re in one once you step foot in this charming, historic logging town. Awesome galleries, dining options and live jazz await your visit once you plan your trip to Northstar.
Mt. Bachelor, Oregon
Mt. Bachelor is known for it’s perfect skiing conditions. You’ll ski on dry and light snow across 3,683 acres of trails. It’s located in the expansive Deschutes National Forest, so prepare to be blown away by the beauty that surrounds you. And as if it can’t get much better, it’s only 20 miles from Bend, Oregon, a mountain town that truly has it all. Restaurants, shops, art and entertainment, you name it, you can find it in Bend. That’s why it earns a top spot on the best places to plan your spring break ski trip.
For more information on spring skiing, check out our blog on the 3 Best Places for Spring Skiing – March 2018.