Spring skiing has a well-earned reputation for being a great vacation. Warm temperatures and sun combined with plenty of snow can make for a fantastic way to get out and explore a new mountain or make an enjoyable return to an old stomping ground. Skiing in the springtime does offer a somewhat different experience, both in terms of conditions and concerns, than skiing in the winter, and if you are considering booking a spring trip, be sure to keep the following in mind:
1. Make sure to have your equipment waxed before you hit the mountain. Spring temperatures and sunshine can make for slushy conditions, particularly late in the day, and if your skis or snowboard are not optimized for them, you may find yourself bogged down and not having as great a time as others around you.
2. Keep an eye on your hydration. Drinking enough water matters all year long in the mountains, but warm temperatures and sun make it even more important during the spring months.
3. Bring warm-weather gear. On some days, a light fleece may be all you need, and a heavy winter coat might leave you very uncomfortable.
4. If you have multiple types of skis, bring them all to the resort. Conditions in spring can vary greatly, sometimes even between the top of the mountain and the bottom of the mountain, and having, say, a pair of all-mountain skis and a pair of racing skis to select between based on what the snow looks like when you get there may help you optimize your time.
5. Form your après-ski plans ahead of time. If the snow gets too slushy or someone forgets to wear sunblock and ends up with a nasty burn, you or your friends may end up hitting the bar a little earlier than you would during the winter. Make sure that everyone in your party knows where you plan to meet up after leaving the slopes so that no matter when you stop skiing, you can all still get together for a good evening.