Now that spring is in full bloom, you are probably gearing up for some outdoor adventures with your friends. But while many people are preparing for trips to the beach and theme park visits, you should take advantage of the warmer days and budget-friendlier lodging offered by ski resorts across ski country.
Whether you are closer to one of the ski resorts in Pennsylvania or one in Central New York, the gang can definitely explore different snow activities this spring. But before you get a new Arc’teryx ski jacket and confirm your booking with the nearest ski resort, let’s get down to the basics.
Where Do You Want to Stay?
The people in the West Coast may have access to glittering beaches all year round. That’s not a problem, though, because you can find other types of adventure in the West Coast. In fact, the ski country which stretches from Pennsylvania to Central New York is popular with adventure seekers. Local ski resorts are ideal for snowboarding and alpine skiing while state parks have trails for cross-country skiing.
When choosing a place to stay in ski country this spring, consider which location is most accessible to you or your group. In Pennsylvania, for example, you can find a ski resort in Edinboro or in Coudersport.
In New York, consider the ski resorts in these places: Red House, Yorkshire, Sodus, South Bristol, Colden, Cherry Creek, Watertown, Virgil, Allegany, Ellicottville, Glenwood, Truxton, Olean, Clymer, Turin, Tully, Grove, or Fabius. You can also visit Allegany State Park in Red House, Keuka Lake State Park in Jerusalem, Letchworth State Park in Livingston County, and Long Point State Park in Lake Chautauqua.
Hit the slopes at Killington, Vermont if your group is not feeling any of these places in ski country. Central and southern Colorado also have some great mountains for spring skiing.
What Activities Do You Plan to Explore?
If some people in your group are new to snow sports, you might be torn about which ski resort activity to try first. Skiing is easy enough to learn, so they say, but snowboarding is easier to master. These are not the only activities that you can do during a chalet weekend or a spring getaway on the slopes.
Alpine skiing and snowboarding are only the tip of the iceberg for what your group can do in your snowy mountain playground. You can also explore other activities like ice-skating, bob-sledding, zip-lining, and, if available, heli-skiing. After all that reinvigorating outdoor exercise, kick back and enjoy a view of the slopes with après-ski beers and live music in the background.
What Do You Need to Bring?
First, pack the right clothes. These include ski jackets, inner layers, turtlenecks, neck warmers, thermal leggings, ski pants, and waterproof socks — you have to stay comfortable to enjoy the trip! Of course, throw in the accessories that pull your outfit together and make for Instagram-worthy shots. Don’t forget your glasses or contact lenses, too, so that you have a clear view of the breathtaking slopes.
If you plan to ski or snowboard all day, make sure you have the right equipment for it. Specialty ski equipment stores can provide them for you. Otherwise, you can rent them. Just be sure to notify the rental place ahead of time to avoid delays and other complications.
Enjoy your spring vacation on the slopes!