Calling all fair weather, patio-loving skiers, now is your time to shine! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and skiing and riding are still in the forecast. It’s time to forget those extra layers, frozen hands, and warm-up breaks and replace them with goggle tans, patio drinks, and blue skies. Let’s send the season off with a bang by enjoying these top five reasons to hit the slopes this spring.
1. The Sunshine
There is no better day than a Blue Bird Day! Even if the temps are still lingering below zero, having the sun on your face can make a day outside much more inviting. Not only is the visibility better (and lasts longer thanks to daylight savings!) but you can thank those bluebird skies for some much-needed vitamin D. Another plus, exposure to sunlight has been linked to increased levels of serotonin, which means you and the people around you will be generally happier.
2. Short Lift Lines and Wide-Open Runs
We came here to ski, not wait in line. Some may be eager to trade in the ski hills for golf greens but snow people who don’t pack up their gear until the lifts close can take advantage of wide-open runs and next to no lift lines.
3. Après on the Patio
Nothing compliments a great day on the hill quite like an après outside in the sun. Being able to relax with a beverage on an outdoor patio is spring skiing’s version of lounging on the dock in a Muskoka chair. Along with the enjoyable refreshments, the people watching during patio season are always a treat. Spring weather seems to bring out the funky hats and goofy outfits both on and off the hill. When the winter layers start peeling off and the goggle tans are being sported proudly, après on the patio are always an entertaining way to finish off the day.
4. Great time for Beginners to Learn
Have you been thinking about learning to ski or board? Well, now is your time to get out there. We get it, there is always a process in learning something new. Let’s make it a little more accommodating with mild temperatures and less busy terrain. More room to try those new turns or tricks you have been hoping to master before the end of the season.
5. The Discounts!
Who doesn’t love a deal? It’s no secret that spring is the best time to get great prices on lift tickets and next year’s 5×7 passes. Enjoy the season right to the end and you can take advantage of some of the best pricing all year.
So before you put away your boots and snowsuit, remember there is still a lot of winters to enjoy. Carve up a run that feels like your own, put on your funky hat, find the perfect après spot, and embrace the end of another winter season. If that’s not enough to keep you keen on still seeing snow, remember: six months from now, we’ll be wishing it was colder!