Great Spring Skiing Snow and Hotel Deals

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Spring skiing is a very unpredictable beast, but this year spring skiing is looking exceptional at many resorts in the Western United States. I am being inspired/tortured by all the tweets of inches and inches of powder at the ski resorts I follow on Twitter over the last week or so – such as the tweet today from @skisteamboat sharing the 7.5 inches they have mid-mountain today, with more to come!

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In fact, resorts like Vail boast two feet of snow in the last week and have extended their season into mid-April!

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Since these are ski dates that either weren’t planned for at all, or are going to be much better than expected, there are some bargain hotel rates to be had at some of the resorts that are often $500+ in the winter.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Here are some of the rates I found available at popular points-friendly hotels over the next week or so…

  • Westin Snowmass $125
  • St. Regis Aspen $265
  • Sheraton Steamboat $118
  • Vail Cascade Resort $209
  • Park Hyatt Beaver Creek $160

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I’ve stayed at many of these resorts (usually on points), and you can check out their reviews here. At those rates I would probably use cash or points that have a fixed value and then earn points to use next ski season.

Ski Resort 2016 Closing Dates

Vail: April 17, 2016
Beaver Creek: April 10, 2016
Breckenridge: April 24, 2016
Keystone: April 10, 2016
Winter Park: April 24, 2016 for Winter Park lifts, but May 7, 2016 for Mary Jane
Steamboat Springs: April 10, 2016

I do want to offer a few “warnings” before you go skis first into planning a last minute spring ski trip. First, not all of the usual mountain services, activities, and ski school lessons may be available – especially on dates where the resort has extended beyond their regular ski season. Second, some airlines may not offer their seasonally increased service into the ski towns for these later dates, and close-in airfare is rarely cheap regardless. I would check flying into Denver and driving from there, or perhaps this is a good time to use airline miles. Finally, while conditions at the resorts I checked certainly looked ideal though this weekend, as you creep more into April it is entirely possible that the conditions will deteriorate to more traditional spring skiing which may or may not suit your needs.

Anyone jumping on a final 2016 ski trip?

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Comments

  1. Yup…the past 15 days have been filled with mid-week powder days. Winter Park got over a foot of snow on 5 separate occasions (and I was there for 3! :D)

    Speaking of which, I was able to lap up 11 runs at Copper Mountain before heading into work today 😉

  2. Skiing has been unreal up at Steamboat.. We our heading up Saturday. It will be a lot warmer than last time you were here. Fly up this weekend. Weather looks awesome around 50 degrees and sunny this weekend with lots of fresh snow. No spring icy conditions here. Just blue skies, warm and great snow.
    Steamboat is selling a 3 times pass for April for $159

    http://www.steamboat.com/tickets-and-passes/april-passes.aspx

    Your friends Wayne and Terri

    • If I wasn’t still nursing Baby S and could easily sneak away for a few days I so would – glad you guys are having such a great spring!

    • Ugh…50 degrees??? That’s WAYYY too warm. A single day of that and instant ice the next morning. Totally ruins the powder. Not to mention I’d get hot even in just a shell. I guess if you ski the right aspect, you can ski corn…but I’m a powder snob. I love storm skiing when it’s single digits as well…keeps everyone off the mountain…more pow for me!!! 😀

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