It’s that time of year again! The time for outdoor afternoon après, soft snow laps under the spring sun and, of course, time for spring ski festivals and pond skims.
Ski resorts from Maine to California are pulling out all the stops for Spring 2020, with not-your-average skims and all-out ski fests. Whether it’s rasta-inspired music jams or sliding downhill in a homemade sled, these are the spring ski events you won’t want to miss.
Ullrhof Games – Snowmass, Colorado
Grab your favorite beer pong partner and sport a wacky costume for this ultimate day of games! The event includes prize giveaways, beer and food specials, a deck party and a DJ.
When: March 17
Dummy Downhill – Mission Ridge, Washington
Creativity is key at this downhill event where participants craft dummies out of anything that will withstand a fast race down the slope and a launch off a massive jump. Prizes are given for longest launch, most creative, most likely to survive, judge’s choice and best carnage. A perfect event for spectators – visit the beer garden and get ready for a laugh! Check out the video below.
When: March 21
Duct Tape Derby – Mount Snow, Vermont
So you’ve mastered sliding downhill on skis or a snowboard. But here’s your chance to really show off your snow skills, with a little bit of middle school art class sprinkled in. The goal is to make it all the way down the tubing hill in a vessel made of only cardboard, duct tape and zip ties, with bonus points for a stellar paint job. You’ve got to see this. Check out the video below.
When: March 22
Sloshwicking – Sugarbush, Vermont
What started as a combat strategy in the nineteenth century is now a hilariously challenging event involving one ski, one snowshoe and a broom. Sugarbush will supply the broom and the snowshoe – just BYOS (bring your own ski) and a will to do whatever it takes to be the first to finish the figure 8-shaped course.
When: March 22
Luggi Foeger Uphill/Downhill Festival – Diamond Peak, California
Choose whichever means necessary to be the first to the top of the mountain – skis, snowshoes, skins or simply just winter hiking boots. Then ski, ride or run back down to the finish line! Prizes are awarded to multiple categories, and brews and music will entertain all spectators at this epic competition.
When: March 28-29
16th Annual Gates & Wakes – Homewood Mountain, California
Welcome to the ultimate not-your-average pond skim. Skiers (snow and water alike) will race down through gates on the ski hill for three runs, then take to the lake for latter water skiing competition. Yes, you read that right. Water and snow skiing are part of this epic competition where all proceeds benefit the High Fives Foundation! The High Fives Foundation provides grants for rehabilitation support to athletes, and promotes awareness of injury prevention—a mission that’s easy to get behind.
When: April 4
Ski Ballet & Retro Day – Mt Seymour, Vancouver, Canada
Here’s your chance to sport your thrift store retro onesie and show off your best dance moves— on skis. Pick your favorite dance song and boogie down the hill (bonus points for downhill dancing with a friend!) to be entered to win a season pass!
When: April 4
Reggae Fest – Sugarloaf, Maine
Get ready for the biggest party in the East! Make it a long weekend with this 4-day rasta festival featuring over 10 bands, VIP bar areas and activities to celebrate spring under the sun.
When: April 9-12
Kayaks on Snow – Monarch Mountain, Colorado
What better way to celebrate the changing of seasons than to enjoy an activity on snow and water? Athletes in kayaks race to the finish line on a skier cross snow course with berms and bumps and try their best to be the first one to paddle through the pond.
When: April 11
Red Bull Slopesoakers – Copper Mountain, Colorado
The ultimate slopestyle skim is back for another year. This not-your-average spring event has skimmers jibbing their way through a terrain park before attempting to glide across the icy pond for prizes and bragging rights.
When: April 18
Swimwear Day & Spring Railjam – Arapahoe Basin, Colorado
Get a jumpstart on summer and sport your favorite bathing suit on the hill under the warm spring sun at A-Basin. Skiers brave enough to hit some park features in their beach attire can win prizes for best trick, or simply enter a raffle if you’re just looking to get beachy!
When: May 16