Spring skiing: the ultimate snow seekers’ survival manual


You’ve got spring skiing questions: we've got spring skiing answers: where’s the best spring skiing in Western Canada? How long are ski resorts open in spring? Can you ski in BC in March, or April in Alberta? 

Read on to find out how to max your ski and snowboard season, with our spring skiing survival tips for Alberta and BC: the latest snow conditions, closing dates for Western Canada ski resorts, tips on where to après, places to learn to ski or snowboard over spring break and tips for improving your skiing as the season progresses. 

Straight up: we want you to get the best of the season, for as long as you can.

ultimate guide spring skiing
Photo: Dave Heath
Sun and snow on the menu for spring skiers and snowboarders.
Snow Conditions

Snowfall and snowpack matter in spring, keeping the season going longer—sometimes ski resorts are even able to extend their closing dates if the white stuff sticks around longer. Check the latest conditions reports for Alberta and BC ski resorts.

Where to slush cup, & après?

You ready to sail across that slushy pond? Bump hips with your nearest neon-suited neighbour? Or are you looking to find an uncrowded spot to chill and feel the apres vibes? Either way, we've got some suggestions you're going to love.

Slush cups & spring parties for 2024

SEISMIC Spring Mountain Festival, Silverstar - Mar 29-Apr 7
Two big party weekends with concerts, events and the epic SilverStar2Sovereign cross-country marathon. All free!

RED Mountain Slush Cup - Apr 6, 2-4pm
$10 entry. BBQ and beers on the deck. Also, for funzies, check out the awesome photo retro from last year (for a taste of what's ahead).

Mt Washington Slush Cup - Apr 7, 1-4pm 
Note: entry is in person only, starting at 10am at the Alpine Lodge. Entry is free but limited to 100 spots. Spectators can cheer on the competitors from the Alpine Lodge. 

Sun Peaks Slush Cup - Apr 7, 12:30-3pm
Register now online, and be ready for to make a splash! There will be a hot tub on site as consolation for those who don't manage to make it across the pond.

Whitewater's Beach Party - Apr 7, 11am-2pm 
There will be slush, as well as DJ'd and live tunes, and Nelson Brewing Co pouring on site. Slush cup competitors sign up is $20, with check in at The Yurt at 11am. 

Spring Splash, Kimberley - Apr 8-9
A packed weekend of celebration hits the slopes at Kimberley, with pondskimming, music and a dummy downhill. 

Jasper Pride Week, Marmot Basin - Apr 12-20
A whole week of Pride celebrations, including the second annual Basin Ballet ski competition. Start doing your pliets!

Big White Season Ender Slush Cup - Apr 13, 12-5:30pm
Head to the Snow Ghost Building, slopeside on Perfection Run to enter or to watch the slush cup show, with DJs, BBQ, bevvies and more.

Fernival, Fernie - Apr 13-14
Fernie's classic end of season bash features live music and entertainment all weekend.

Sunsplash FunkFest Dummy Downhill & Slush Cup - Apr 13-14
Kicking Horse Mountain's annual signature season ender. Race a dummy or skim a pond, and celebrate the season.

Powder King Slush Cup - Apr 14 
You know PK knows how to throw down. Slush cup at Powder King ends the season on a high.

Schnai Day, Hudson Bay Mountain - Apr 14
Events like the scavenger hunt, dummy downhill, slush cup and costume prizes make for an epic sendoff to ski season in Smithers.

Mount Slushmore, Lake Louise - April 27

Sunshine Village Slush Cup - May 20
The original, the epic, the latest slush cup of the season. Enough said.

Western Canada Ski Resort Closing Dates

The ski season in Western Canada extends all the way to May Long weekend at the latest. Check our closing dates listings to see when Alberta and BC ski resorts are open ‘til, and make a plan to get there. 

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