The skiing season is just wrapping up here in Colorado. However, if you’ve put the money in to getting a season pass or you prefer late-season skiing, you’re probably looking to take advantage of the last month or so of skiing before we say goodbye to skiing for a couple months. Keep reading to learn about several tips to make the most out of your spring skiing adventures.

Bring sunscreen

There’s no better suggestion for a spring skier than to bring plenty of sunscreen with you. Most people don’t think to bring sunscreen when they ski because winter skiing usually involves cloudy weather and often blizzard conditions. However, this is not the case with spring skiing. Often times, when you go skiing on a typical spring day, there will be clear skies and it’ll start getting warm early in the day. You can wear a facemask, but this will cause you to overheat pretty quickly. Try reapplying sunscreen every hour to avoid that raccoon look the next day.

Bring drinks

Since the weather will be a lot warmer, the temptation to crack open a cold one mid-day will be even greater. However, buying alcohol at the resort will be expensive. Grab a couple beers to take with you when you go, just make sure to drink responsibly!

Wear layers

You’re typically told to dress in layers when it’s cold out, but it’s equally as important to wear layers when it’s warm out as well. In the winter, you layer up in order to stay warmer, in the spring, you layer up so that you can start removing them as the day gets warmer. Trust us, there’s nothing worse than being too hot when you’re skiing. And once you take it all off at the end of the day, the smell will not be pleasing. If you’re planning on going to dinner or doing something fun after a long day of skiing, you probably won’t enjoy being so sweaty.

Watch for obstacles

As for actually skiing itself, spring skiing can be a bit different and may take you a while to get used to. Since there is less snow, some areas where you’re used to there being snow may instead be covered in rocks or stumps. Often times, these obstacles will be covered with a layer of fresh snow if there was a blizzard recently making them even more dangerous. Always use caution when you’re going down a new run and make sure to take a friend with you.

Get used to the snow

Another major difference about spring skiing is the type of snow. Deep winter snow tends to be very light and fluffy, whereas spring snow tends to be heavy and wet. However, it completely depends on the weather conditions your ski are of choice has been experiencing and the current temperature outside. Often times, ski areas will go weeks at a time without snow in the spring. The snow will get packed down and turned into ice. If there’s a blizzard, you’ll have a layer of ice under fresh snow. This can be one of the most dangerous times of year to go skiing because it’s hard to tell what’s ice and what’s snow.

Generally, skiing in wet and heavy snow is more difficult than fluffy and light winter snow, but it’s not too much more dangerous if you take it slow and you’re careful. If you have never skied in the spring before, you should take some time to understand how the snow reacts to your turns. It’s typically more exhausting, so it’ll give you a great workout!

Drink water

You shouldn’t just be drinking booze on a warm spring skiing day, make sure to also stay hydrated and take water onto the mountain. You’d be surprised how fast you’ll get thirsty.

Be aware of the weather

During spring skiing, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to the weather. In the morning, it’s colder and a lot of the snow will have turned to ice the previous night. As the day goes on, snow will start to melt and become heavy. You should keep track of how the snow is changing so that you’re prepared.

Visit Mountain Rentals Inc.

Once the skiing season is all said and done, you’re going to want to start preparing for next season! Now is the perfect time to start preparing so that you’re ready to hit the slopes once the first snow reaches the mountains. We offer everything you could need for your next trip including clothing, jackets, goggles, helmets, skis, snowboards, snowshoes, rentals and more! But we don’t just have winter gear, we also have summer gear like wakeboards, paddle boards, skateboards, mountain boards, and much more! If you have any questions, be sure to contact us today!