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Goggle Tans

The easiest way to spot an avid spring skier or snowboarder is from the deep goggle tan. With the sun beating down all day, your goggles are always squarely positioned on your face to protect you from the sun’s rays. The spring skiing goggle tan is unavoidable, and returning  home with a goggle tan should be regarded as the mark of a successful ski trip!

Warm Weather

There’s nothing worse than stepping outside for a morning on the mountain, the bitter cold hitting you so hard you bury your face in the neck of your jacket. You are left counting down the runs until that first hot chocolate break, not enjoying the ride. On the flip side, spring skiing means heading up the mountain with a nice warm breeze, bright blue sky, and the sun shining. Hello spring!

Puddle Jump

Any snow sports resort that likes to have fun will host a puddle jump. It’s simple – bring in a tarp, dig a hole near the bottom of a run, and fill it with water! After that, take turns hiking the hill, skiing down, and skipping across the slushy pond (usually in a variety of costumes and retro ski suits). Just make sure to get enough speed to get across, or you’ll quickly end up waist deep in water!

Patios

Being outdoors is always better than being indoors. You know it, I know it, and the whole snow sports community knows it. With the arrival of spring, gone are the days of cramming into a busy bar or restaurant to begin your après after a day on the mountain. With the warmer weather and sunny days, you can move your après outside to the patio – right where you belong.

Outdoor Lunches

On the topic of patios, there’s nothing better than a lunch outside. Whether it’s a picnic, a home-made sandwich stuffed into a pocket, or take out from the lodge, there’s just something about taking a midday lunch break on the mountain that’ll put a smile on your face!

Layer Down

It’s a morning ritual – throw on the base layers, mittens, toque, sweater, socks, more socks, jacket, snow pants, and anything else you can possibly find before heading outside. Well no more! With the spring season comes snow pants with the vents open, thin neon jackets and – if you can believe it – only one pair of socks!

Longer Days

Longer days means more sunshine, and more time to spend on the mountain. Need I say more?

The Party Chair

Gone are the days of burrowing your face into your jacket, balling your fingers up inside your gloves, and asking yourself why your toe warmers aren’t doing anything. Now that spring is here, chair rides are another time to socialize on the mountain, discuss après plans, appreciate the scenery, and enjoy the ride to the top!

Shorter Lift Lines

After the March Break is over for schools, the mountain will start to be less and less busy – which means shorter lift lines. And what do shorter lift lines mean? Well, more runs of course! With less time standing around at the bottom waiting to load the chair or gondola, you’ll be getting much more bang for your buck when purchasing those lift tickets. Which leads into the next reason…

Cheap Tickets

Cheap lift tickets! With prices drastically lower than during the busy season of January and February, spring is the best time to score inexpensive lift tickets. With all the money you save on lift tickets, you can now spend an extra day on the mountain, and turn that weekend trip into a long weekend.

Apres Picture

Ah, the après ski. A tradition with deep roots from the Alps to the Rockies. Is there anything better than spending a day on the slopes with fresh snow, a clear blue sky and warm sunshine followed by an ice-cold beer (or a shot of peach schnapps perhaps)? Don’t miss out on the après experience this winter, and check out five of our favourite après ski locations in the Great White North!

Whistler, BC

Whistler is the big kid on the block. With the most skiable terrain of any resort in North America, Whistler attracts a staggering number of visitors to its slopes every year. To match the crowd, the Whistler Village has developed over the years into one of the most extensive mountain resort villages in the world – with dining, hotel, and entertainment options to fit anyone. Looking to sit in an Adirondack chair with a beer in your hand? The massive patio at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill at the base of the mountain is calling your name. Want to dig in to some pulled pork nachos and listen to live music? Dusty’s at the base of Whistler is just for you, with some of the best BBQ in BC. And if mingling with the locals and practicing your Aussie accent is your thing (there are lots of them in Whistler), then head over to El Furniture Warehouse in the heart of the village and immerse yourself in a true Whistler après. If your après starts to head late into the night, then make sure to make your way to Moe Joe’s, where you won’t be the only one hitting the dancefloor in ski boots!

Mont. Tremblant, QC

Known as the jewel of Quebec, Mont Tremblant has been attracting snow sports enthusiasts for decades. With terrain for all abilities, and a village to match, it’s no wonder that so many people visit every winter Of course, a visit to Tremblant isn’t complete without a stop at the sugar shack, where you can indulge in maple taffy, soft ice cream with maple butter, and other delicious Quebecois treats. After having a few frosty beers at one of the many bars at the base of the mountain, stroll through the village to La Savoie for a traditional raclette dinner, and to sample the numerous beers brewed on-site at their brewpub. To keep the après going strong, head over to Le P’tit Caribou and live the ‘Caribou Experience’ – frequently rated one of the best après-ski bars in North America. Just make sure to grab a beaver tail before you head home!

Big White, BC

This resort located near Kelowna, BC has an enviable reputation of consistent snowfall – and with a 30-year average of 655cm, highlighted by a whopping 889cm in 2013, it’s no surprise that mountain enthusiast flock here every winter. As the powder hounds descend off the mountain, most are looking for a comfortable place to sit down and enjoy a cold beer – and Big White doesn’t disappoint. Snowshoe Sam’s, frequently rated the #1 après ski pub in North America, has been serving skiers and snowboarders alike beverages, food, live music, and great vibes for years. Big White is also known for their family-friendly atmosphere, with daily activities focussed on the whole family available in the village centre mall. And if you’re in the mood to sit around with friends and family to enjoy some great food and conversation in an inviting atmosphere, make sure to make a reservation at Sis Degrees Bistro, a first-class tapas restaurant in the village.

Banff, AB

Ok, so while not technically an ‘après’ spot, Banff is just down the road from Sunshine and Lake Louise, both world-class resorts. Banff is renowned as a natural wonder in Canada, with scenic mountain backdrops that appeal to travellers from all over the globe. In addition to the natural beauty of Banff, the town is well-geared towards entertaining – with over 100 bars, restaurants and nightclubs open until the wee hours of the morning able to provide an unparalleled après experience. No matter what your taste is, Banff is able to provide for it and offer an incredible, truly Canadian après!

Blue Mountain, ON

Just an hour and a half north of Toronto you will find Blue Mountain, a well-developed snow sports haven nestled along the southern edge of Georgian Bay, just outside of the town of Collingwood. With 13 lifts and 42 trails, Blue Mountain has something for everyone. After spending a day on snow, visitors love to relax at the Scandinave Spa, a luxurious Nordic spa experience nestled on 25 acres of pristine Niagara Escarpment land. Sitting in a Nordic waterfall while gazing on the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve Niagara Escarpment is a truly special après experience. If the spa isn’t your thing, don’t worry – the village at Blue Mountain has a number of watering holes to quench your thirst after a day on the slopes. A stones throw from the hill is Rusty’s, a well-equipped bar with tons of outdoor space on their patio (and a great dancefloor inside for those that are interested!). On the other side of the village, Jozo’s is a local’s favourite, with cheap pitchers and live music most nights – you’re certain to see more than a few lifty’s and instructors sharing a drink here long after the hills are closed. And hey, if you’re up for it, Blue Mountain also has night skiing – just make sure not to après too much before going back out on the hill!