What time of ski season brings warm days, long nights, live concerts and huge savings? That would be closing weekend, and as April approaches, so does the most party-worthy time of the season.
While each resort boasts its own special traditions (some we all know about, and some reserved for longtime locals), the basic foundation of closing weekend celebratory traditions is the same across the board. It’s a time for bonding over another successful ski season, telling tall tales of epic powder days and debaucherous après parties, and living it up on the slopes for the last couple days the lifts are spinning. Don’t live in a ski town? No problem: we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 resorts to ski this season’s end. Whether for the fun crowds or the huge discounts, here’s where you need to go for closing weekend 2017:
Leading up to closing weekend at Whistler is the famous World Ski and Snowboard Festival, which takes place April 7-16th. The festival features big mountain competitions, art and film showcases, and a free outdoor live concert series that showcases big acts throughout the 1- day event. On the tail end of the festival, Whistler mountain’s official closing day is set for April 23rd, while Blackcomb Mountain remains open through May 22nd. For the biggest party of the year, head to Whistler during the festival week, and for great skiing on empty slopes, drop in on closing weekend, which also boasts big après parties and the best lodging deals of the season.
Don’t Miss Whistler’s last-minute deals on lodging and lift tickets for your closing week getaway, and the Whistler Ski and Snowboard Festival for the biggest spring bash in the Rockies.