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What are you doing for spring break?

Skiing, right? Here are your best options.
posted: 03/22/2012
The costumes are always one of the most-anticipated parts of Spring Back to Vail, and this year didn't disappoint.
by Nicole Zimbelman

 In honor of the season, many ski resorts throughout the country are hosting events, festivals, concerts, and competitions to close out the winter with a celebration. Head to the slopes this March or April to catch some of the action and get in a few runs before the season ends.

Mont Tremblant, Canada

Eastern Canada offers a spring break filled with skiing and parties. The trip includes five-day, four-night stay on the slopes at the four star Place Saint-Bernard condo complex, four days of lift tickets with access to the slopes 45 minutes before the mountain is opened to the public discounts on food and drinks throughout the trip and a breakfast buffet each morning.

Each night concludes with a themed party event, each with its own theme, such as the red carpet, a moustache bar crawl, Heaven and Hell and a Beach Bash. On the last night, spring-breakers have the opportunity to spend the evening in Montreal for just $25 roundtrip. Trips can be booked from March 18-22 and 25-29 for $494 and April 1-5 for $394 at


Breckenridge, Colorado

Cure Spring Fever a stop at Breckenridge’s Spring Fever Festival March anytime from March 17 to April 15.

Throughout the month, Breckenridge will host multiple competitions, which include the Breck 5 Til 5 Happy Hour from March 23 until April 15, in which park riders can ski in the park until 5 p.m. with free food and drinks, rail jam competitions, music and prize giveaways, an EpicMix scavenger hunt on March 24, the Fever Battle Charity Hockey Game on April 2 and the 5 peak mountaineering race on April 7.

With the Spring Fever Festival also comes spring discounts. A Bite of Breck Dining Passports can be purchased at the Breckenridge Welcome Center for $10, which will provide dining discounts and offers throughout the festival. Additionally, from April 6-8, shops on Main Street and Ridge Street will be hosting “fever reliever” discounts.  Shoppers who mention the phrase will receive gifts with purchase, discounts and grab bag gifts.


Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Steamboat Springs can offer a solution to the snow vs. water Spring Break debate with both mountains and hot springs.

April 14 and 15 will conclude the season at Steamboat with the Springalicious Festival.  First will be the Cardboard Classic on the 14th.  Competitors must race down the mountain on a device made only from cardboard, glue, tape, string and water-based paint.  The following day there will be a Splashdown Pond Skim, costumes required.

A three-night stay with a two-day lift ticket can be found for as low as $104 per person from April 8 through 15.


Vail, Colorado

Spring into celebration at Vail during March and April with spring deals and events. Throughout the month of March, guests can save up to 25 percent on lodging in Vail. Then, the resort will close out its season three major events between March 29 and April 15.

The Vail Film Festival, from March 29 to April 1, presented by the Colorado Film Institute, will offer daily screenings at The Sebastian, Cinebistro and The Four Seasons, as well as an award ceremony on Saturday night, concert on Friday night, and opening and closing parties on Thursday and Saturday.

The following weekend will being a Taste of Vail  from April 5-7. The event will feature food from Vail’s premier chefs and wine from all over the world. Along with food and wine seminars and cooking demos throughout the weekend, there will be a main event on each day of the festival.  On Thursday, chefs will compete in the 8th annual Colorado Lamb Cook-off, and guests will sample the lamb dishes paired with wine.  On Friday, there will be a Mountain Top Picnic, with food provided by some of the participating events.  The final event will be the Grand Tasting and Auction, in which all wineries and chefs will be participating.

The final event of the season will be Spring Back to Vail  April 9-15. Featuring free concerts throughout the week, including Train and Stephen Marley and conclude with the World Pong Skimming Championships on April 15.


Heavenly, California

On the West Coast, Heavenly will be hosting Spring Loaded to welcome the season from March 31 until April 15.

Throughout the two-week celebration Heavenly will be hosting parties at an altitude of 9,150 feet at the Unbuckle at the Tamarack parties every day from 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at the Tamarack Lodge located at the top of the gondola. The parties will include music, drinks specials, dancers and of course people in costume.

On April 7, guest will have the opportunity to join Glen Plake and friends in a 25-lap marathon on Heavenly’s mogul-filled Gunbarrel run, and those that finish will receive a prize. Following the marathon will be a concert and party thrown by the ski patrol with food, drink specials and raffle prizes.  All of the proceeds will go to local charities and non-profit organizations.

Spring Loaded will conclude with a pond-skimming contest from April 14-15, in which competitors will be judged on distance, costume and crowd appeal.  Pond skimming will be followed by a Snow Blast party with live music at Harrah’s.


Squaw Valley, California

This West Coast ski resort will kick off the spring season with a competition.  March 23-24 will bring the Pain McShlonkey Classic ,serving as an entertaining tribute to skier Shane McConkey, the competition begins with the Extreme Small Mountain Snowlerblade Invitational where 30 pro skiers will trek through Squaw Valley on K2 Fatty skis.  Later on, the pros will compete against 30 amateurs in Snowlerblade Downhill Race, which includes celebrity judges and crazy costumes.

April will bring Retro Ski Day on the 14th , in which all skiers should dress in their best clothing and gear from past decades and enjoy live music at the Plaza Bar. Retro Ski Day will be followed by the Cushing Crossing Event (tentatively April 15) which is a a Pond-Skimming competition in which participants can attempt to cross Cushing Pond on skis, snowboards or any device they create from the two. 


Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada

For anyone who believes Spring Break should involve worldwide competition, travel north to the former Olympic playground of Whistler in British Columbia for the 17th annual TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival from April 13-22.

For 10 days, watch winter sports experts compete in either the Shred Show during the first half of the festival or the World Skiing Invitational during the second half.

During the festival, there will be free concerts every day from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., followed by after-dark events such as an opening day party, a film contest in which teams must make a three to five minute film within a 72 hour period, and photography contest and a fashion show.

Lift and lodging packages begin at $79 per person per night.

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