Marmot Basin brings back its Aloha Cup in April.
There are plenty of reasons to head for the ski hills come April. It’s been a long, cold winter, and now is the time to get in some of that fair-weather skiing. It’s also the time of year when ski resorts in the west feel like putting their party pants on. Live entertainment. Crazy antics on the slopes. It invariably all ends up with a few cold ones on the sunny patio while you work on your goggle tan.
Snow Seekers compiled a list of some the top spring events at western ski resorts. In no particular order, here are some of our favourites:
Lake Louise has a load of spring happening, too many to list here. But we’ll give you the skinny on its big, fat events list.
The season may have got off to a late start, but Mt. Washington will more than make up for with its spring skiing roster. From mid-March until the resort closes on April 21.
It’s been an awesome winter, but spring is the time for a little throwback at Fernie when it hosts its Kokanee ‘80s Retro Weekend & Last Chance Rail Jam on March 31 and April 1. This is your chance to relive the decade of excess and bad fashion. Dig out your old one-piece ski outfit or your neon Spandex leggings and coast the Curry Bowl or any other of your fave runs. Then head to the Griz Bar for an all-night long Hot Tub Time Machine Party. If you’ve still got legs for spring skiing, be sure to check out Fernival & Spring Splash on April 14 and 15. Beside the usual slushy shenanigans at the resort, Fernival is the main attraction in town. It’s a mashup of classic music (Chilliwack is the headliner) and events for the whole family. Read more about Fernival on Festivalseekers.com
Tod Mountain Days celebrates the end of the ski season, April 5 to 6. It’s de rigueur to don your wackiest outfit for this family-friendly event. Then participate in the Dummy Downhill on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. That’s where participants launch a homemade dummy on skis down the hill and watch it crash in spectacular fashion. Prizes are given out for creativity, design and the best show of destruction. Be sure to stick around for Sunday’s Slush Cup, where daring souls – and hams - entertain the crowds while competing to see who can stay dry while crossing the half-frozen pond. It helps if your antic and your costume are equally outrageous.
The resort, which just celebrated its 50th birthday, continues to party it up like a teenager as we cruise into spring. And to sendoff the season, there are plenty of ways to celebrate. First is the annual SnowJam/SunRype Tour, March 22 to 23. That will be followed by the best party on the hill all year – the Aloha Cup shindig on April 12. Don your coconut bra and hula skirt and take part in a race that’s the most fun you can have on skis or a snowboard. The $15 admission includes a barbecue lunch and the chance to win prizes.
The skiing continues, but there are plenty of sideshows at the resort all spring long. Several special events that have happened all season, continue including the wildly popular Fire & Ice Show, every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. until March 30. All the action takes place in the Skiers Plaza. You’ll see the resorts finest skiers from the ski school dazzle the crowds with their fiery hoop jumping. Then don’t miss the Afterburn Party at the Garibaldi Lift Co., starting at 8p.m. (Adults only).
Here’s what else is on tap:
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