Spring fever in the high country is a highly contagious disease fraught with spontaneous outbreaks of vintage neon gear and an insatiable need to drink cheap beer, ski slush and party down. From pond skims and rail jams to festivals and live music, each resort celebrates the big thaw in their own unique way.
We’ve paired the very best resorts to seek out your final turns with TripAdvisor’s top-ranked hotels for each.
1. Aspen/Snowmass: The Little Nell
Stay at The Little Nell between March 12-28 and catch Aspen’s Bud Light Spring Jam, a premier festival complete with concerts, big air competitions and raucous downtown parties. The Little Nell is Aspen's only five-star, five-diamond hotel, offering luxury services and unparalleled access to America's most famous mountain town.
2. Crested Butte: Lodge at Mountaineer Square
If you’ve yet to see a human-banana skim across an ice-cold pond using two snowboards for skis, perhaps it’s time you visit Crested Butte. April 2 marks CB’s annual end-of-the-season pond skim celebration, which includes a variety of inane costumes and events as well as the aforementioned “Slush Huck.” Located just steps from the ski lifts, the Lodge at Mountaineer Square features deluxe amenities, including an indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and sauna.
3. Whistler Blackcomb: Nita Lake Lodge
Whistler hosts the World Ski & Snowboard Festival from April 9-17, offering music, art and competitions, including the IFSA North American Junior Freeride Championships. Nita Lake Lodge is located within walking distance of Whistler Mountain and a quick five-minute shuttle ride of downtown. Accommodations include 77 studio, one- and two-bedroom suites.
4. Jackson Hole: Four Seasons
March in Jackson Hole can only mean one thing, March RADness. This 31-day celebration includes free live music, events and of course, great skiing. Hotel amenities include... it's the Four Seasons, need we say more?
5. Heavenly: The Landing Resort & Spa
South Lake Tahoe is a premier destination for skiers and riders looking to end the season on a high note. Restaurants, casinos, bars and clubs complement the longer days and Heavenly’s 4,800 skiable acres. The Landing Resort & Spa, situated on the sandy beaches of Lake Tahoe, offers contemporary European design and luxurious amenities.
6. Breckenridge: Valdoro Mountain Lodge
From March 18 to April 17, Breckenridge hosts Breck Spring Fever 2016. Touted as the biggest spring party in the Rocky Mountains, visitors can choose from a variety of events and concerts. Valdoro Mountain Lodge accommodations range from studio to three-bedroom suites, complete with gas fireplaces, full kitchens and jetted tubs.
7. Mammoth: Tamarack Lodge and Resort
The Mammoth Invitational is a three-day event (April 8-10) complete with live music, races, auctions and more. Tamarack Lodge and Resort, located 2.5 miles from downtown and a short distance from the slopes, offers 35 private cabins at an elevation of 8,500 feet.
8. Park City Mountain Resort: Washington School House Hotel
Get down PCMR style with Spring Grüv, A 16-day celebration (March 12-27) that includes free concerts in both villages and a pond-skimming contest. Washington School House Hotel is located within a few blocks of Park City Mountain Resort and downtown shopping, dining and entertainment.
9. Telluride: Lumiere Telluride
Now in its second year, Telluride’s Mountain Town Get Down is scheduled for March 28-29 and will include on-snow music and festivities. Lumiere Hotel is a luxury boutique property with accommodations ranging from guest hotel rooms to five-bedroom residences. Lumiere Telluride offers convenient ski-in/ski-out access in the heart of beautiful Mountain Village.
10. Mt. Bachelor: Wall Street Suites
Mt. Bachelor caters to nearby Bend, Oregon’s, throngs of beer lovers by hosting the Brewski Beer Fest, which takes place May 27-29 in front of the West Village Lodge’s Clearing Rock bar. The event features local beers, barbecue, live music and an on-snow lounge. The Wall Street Suites offer a variety of comfortable suites within two blocks of downtown Bend, Oregon.