As the days lengthen and temperatures rise, it’s only natural for people’s attention to drift ahead toward summer activities. But when the snow disappears from the lowlands, winter isn’t over yet in Snowmass. And that’s precisely why April skiing and riding is the season’s best-kept secret. Compared to high-demand periods in winter, there are plenty of advantages to a late-season ski trip to Snowmass. Here are six reasons to book now.
#1: Great rates on lodging. Fewer people thinking about skiing translates to less demand for lodging, meaning April offers some of the best deals of the season. As of this writing (January 2019), discounts of up to 30% are available through the specials page, found here.
#2: Discounted lift tickets. Compared to peak season, lift tickets are cheaper, and as always, when you buy in advance and/or multiple days at a time, you save more. This year, Aspen Snowmass is celebrating the 60th birthday of Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk with $60 lift tickets during the entire month of April! Check out this page for all lift ticket rates.
#3: Ideal conditions and uncrowded slopes. Some of the best conditions can be found late in the season, after the snow has been piling up on the slopes for months. Yes, winter storms still roll through in April to freshen things up, but the chance of warm, sunny days is higher. And, while you’ll rarely encounter a lift line in Snowmass at any point in the season, in April you’ll have an even better chance of getting first tracks on a powder day or having a groomer to schuss all to yourself.
#4: Ideal après conditions. What better way to end the ski day than with a cold beverage and some appetizers on a sun-splashed patio? And with warm afternoon temperatures and daylight until well into the evening, there’s no need to hurry home.
#5: More time to ski or ride. Starting Presidents’ Day Weekend, many lifts at Aspen Snowmass stay open a half-hour later. With last chair at 4 pm (and still plenty of time for après, see above), you’ve got every reason to stretch out the afternoon’s slushy bumps session for one more run.
#6: End-of-season celebration. When it’s time to wind things down, Snowmass throws quite the party. Get in on the fun during Spring Fling, the weekend of April 20-21, with the wild and wacky Schneetag team pond-skimming contest, beach parties, lots of live music, plentiful shopping and dining specials, and more. Details to come.
Catherine Lutz is an Aspen Snowmass-based freelance writer and editor who contributes to local publications including Aspen Sojourner magazine and national magazines such as Powder and SKI. Original post written January 2018. Updated January 2019.