Let’s face it, ski season is too short. Once spring hits, we always want a little more. A little more powder skiing, a few more slush turns, and of course, at least one more adventure. Once the lifts close in the US, there are still plenty of options to have fun on skis. We put together a few options for your next spring skiing adventure, from do it yourself to helicopters and 3,000 vertical foot descents. Here’s to extending ski season into May!
Do it Yourself
Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
Don’t let the lifts closing in early April stop you from experiencing some of the best of the San Juan Mountains. Spring is an incredible time to explore from Telluride to Silverton and Durango to Ouray, the snow conditions are typically stable and there are ample zones and peaks to keep you engaged. Classics like Mt. Sneffels, Wilson Peak, Mt. Wilson and Emma are all in their prime during the months of April and May, plus the many couloirs that the San Juans are known for.
Though many skiers enjoy checking to-dos off their list while in the San Juans, there are a wealth of mellow ski tours to take into consideration. Take for example a European-style town-to-town adventure. Start in Telluride, CO and ski up Bear Creek Reserve, continue your ski up and over to Ophir. Once in Ophir, head east to ski up Ophir Pass to an overnight at Opus Hut. The next morning, ski North to Mill Creek via the hiking route to Columbine Lake. Once in Mill Creek Basin, take your pick on the many descents to HWY 550. Once you arrive at 550, you can hitchhike to Silverton, CO for night two. Day three involves another hitchhike to the top of Red Mountain Pass where you can ascend to the top of one of the many basins–Senator Beck, Mineral Basin or Porphyry–and subsequently descend back into the town of Telluride. If you need more adventure, consider adding a night in Ouray, CO. Get creative, the San Juans are vast.
Points North Heli-Skiing in Alaska
Heli-skiing in Alaska is the ultimate spring ski trip for many. Points North Heli Skiing is based in Cordova and offers the best value for your money, as far as heli trips are concerned in AK. Points North has exclusive access to the southeastern side of the Chugach Mountain Range and over 2,000 square miles of terrain. The snow is considered some of the best in Alaska and the terrain will keep you on your toes. Skiing is available through April, weather depending. All-inclusive pricing through Powderhounds starts at $5,875 per person. Ready to book? Powderhounds still has spots available in April, learn more here.
A French Approach
Ski Touring town to town in the Alps with Alpenglow Ski Safaris
If you enjoy wine and cheese, the French Alps are likely your spring destination of choice. Our friends at Alpenglow Ski Safaris are the experts and offer lift accessed backcountry ski tours in their sweet spot, the Savoie region in St. Foy, Val d’Isere and Val Thorens.
The ski trips surrounding St. Foy are majestic. Ski descents into tiny villages can easily take half a day, luckily you are skiing in unforgettable surroundings with perfect ambiance. Lift connections permit mind-blowing ski opportunities to the (possible) towns of St. Foy, Tignes, Villaroger, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Val d’Isere, Chamonix and La Thuile. The region is the second largest lift-served backcountry ski zone in the world and offers skiing into May. An example trip includes seven nights and six days of guided skiing with some of the best in the business, and starts at $4,950 per person- learn more here. Alpenglow Ski Safaris doesn’t miss a beat with their impeccable service paired with safe and exciting alpine experiences. They ski the best snow, soak in the biggest views, stay in the best hotels and sip the most excellent wines paired with the region’s tasty cuisine.
The Swiss Twist
Heli Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt with Epic Europe
The Haute Route should be on every skier’s checklist, the famed multi-day tour from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland crosses some of the highest peaks in the Alps and overlooks the most stunning scenery. But let’s face it, not every skier has the time to get into ski shape to do this iconic route. Enter Epic Europe’s Heli Haute Route, complete with minimal effort, heli-drops and (wait for it), 5-star hotels. They’ve set up the perfect itinerary where skiers can ski from Chamonix to Verbier to Zermatt, covering vast distances by day, and resting well in the villages by night.
This specialty spring trip is offered through April 21 and includes seven nights of accommodations, IFMGA Mountain Guides, four heli runs (more can be added), ski passes and ski transfers for CHF 6,500 per person. Learn more about this unique offering here, or inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org. All trips can be fully customized for your needs.
Best of the Best
Heli-Skiing at Eleven Experience’s Deplar Farm – Troll Peninsula, Iceland
If there’s just one Eleven property that you must visit, it’s Deplar Farm. Deplar is off the grid and the perfect mix of zen, stoke and incredible scenery. Tackle untracked 3,000 vertical foot descents from the helicopter into basins and huge couloirs. Picture yourself among vast valleys and fjords skiing long descents to the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean. View the Northern Lights from the modern lodge, indulge in a geothermal infinity pool after a day of summit-to-sea heli-skiing, or one of the other incredible day off activities–sea kayaking, hot-spring hopping, surfing, whale watching, cat skiing, ski touring and more.
This one-stop-shop for adventure, solitude, mystery and high-end amenities is the ticket to your best spring trip yet. Long daylight hours allow for ample skiing options, weather and snow conditions so you can’t go wrong. Prices start at $11,200 per person for a four day, semi-private heli-skiing experience. Learn more here and book by calling 970.349.7761 or email email@example.com.
The hardest part of your next spring trip will be deciding where to go, because now you know the options are limitless.