Spring For Skiing

Springtime in the Mountains

Don't throw the boards into storage just yet. March, April, and even May (if you ski at Mt. Bachelor) are the best months to get great deals on lodging, lift tickets, and equipment, all while curating a gnarly goggle tan. Sun, brews, music, and costumes are what make spring skiing the next best alternative to an epic powder day. Here's where to close out yet another great season of shredding.


10 Not-to-miss Ski Town Music Fests

While many ski towns and ski resorts are laying low, quietly waiting for another winter, plenty of others are turning the volume all the way up with all sorts of kickass music festivals this summer. These 10 are amongst the very best.

Crystal Mountain is Seattle’s closest ski area. Less than two hours from Washington’s coffee city, Crystal receives an average of 367 inches per year. Not surprisingly, the mountain’s latest closing day was on July 14, 1999, after the northwest’s last major La Nina episode. In accordance with University of Washington’s Professor Cliff Mass’ suggestions, the Seattle mayor should be preparing for the snowfall in and around the major city, “It turns out that there is a greater probability of lowland snow west of the Cascades during La Nina years,” Mass says. If it is snowing in Seattle, powder days at Crystal should be abundant.

La Nina: Where to Ski This Winter and Why

La Nina, El Nino, ENSO—as skiers we hear these terms all the time. As much as you may or may not be paying attention to what they mean, the children of the Pacific can have a dramatic influence on the winter season, from Tahoe to Alaska. So, if you missed meteorology in college, or haven’t followed current events in over a decade, read on for a description of the predicted La Nina event. Then, start planning trips.—Molly Baker