Spring Festivals on the Slopes

Spring Time is fun time on the slopes. Mountains promote various types of festivals to celebrate the winter season with anything from music festivals and slush pool parties. Here is a look at some of our favorites across the U.S.:

  • Reggae festivals - (Mount Snow, Sugarloaf) - There’s nothing like some Reggae music to get us into the summer spirit. Mount Snow in Vermont is putting on a weekend full of live music. Sugarloaf in Maine also has their own.

  • Parrothead Weekend - (Sunday River) - Caribbean and Calypso music the whole weekend. Includes a Margarita Mix-Off and key lime pie-eating contest.

  • Sink or Skim Pond Skimming / Slush Pool Parties (Grand Targhee, Loon, Killington, Telluride) - Whatever you like to call it, a popular event at various resorts around the country is to make a long pool of water and see who can make it across the pool the farthest. Needless to say, large splashes cover the spectators and a lot of fun is had by all.

  • Brewers Festivals (Mount Snow) - Any reason to check out some micro-brews is ok. Various resorts gather their local brewers to the mountain for a great springtime party.

  • Mogul Competitions (Mount Snow, Attitash - Cat Scratch Fever) - Various mountains also like to get skiers to show their talents at friendly competitions. Mount Snow in Vermont has a Bud Light Glade-iator competition, a mogul skiing contest on the soft bumps of the legendary Ripcord, one of the steepest trails in the east.

  • Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest (Copper Mountain) - One of Copper Mountains most popular events, this is an on-snow bikini contest allows participants to show their stuff and win cold hard cash.

  • Cardboard Box Derby (Grand Targhee) - Always a lot of fun to watch. This event is popular with kids and families. Watch as teams turn cardboard, paper, tape, glue, and string into the most creative sculptures that you can think of like dragons, race cars, UFO's, and other themes. Then they test their creativity by swooshing down the ski hill carrying the team members.

  • BODEFEST at Cannon Mountain - This is a highly popular event in Bode Miller’s home state to raise money for his foundation. The Turtle Ridge Foundation (TRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovative and progressive adaptive and youth athletic opportunities in our communities. It has numerous activities, silent & live auctions, and even a chance to win one of Bode's vehicles!

  • Easter Egg Hunt (Loveland, Copper) - On Easter weekend, numerous mountains place hidden Easter Eggs all over the mountain (on the slopes, in shops, and in base area). Eggs typically contain prizes such as skis, snowboards, and tons of other awesome prizes. Always a lot of fun. Copper Mountain boasts placing 65,000 eggs across the mountain.

  • 80s Parties (Loon) - A blast to the past, 80’s parties get skiers and boarders to dig deep into the closets and get those outfits on for the day. Don’t be surprised to see some skis from the 80’s as well.

  • Bacon Appreciation Day (Buttermilk) - If you’re a bacon lover, this is the place to be. Bacon Waffles at the Summit (top of Summit Express), Bacon Samplers around the mountain, Bacon wrapped scallops, and other Bacon specials at some of their restaurants. Bacon desserts, Bacon & Beer Happy hour with bacon inspired cocktails.

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