How to Prepare for your Spring Ski Vacation
Preparing for your spring ski vacation can be overwhelming! With Spring Break just around the corner, your ski vacation with friends or family is nearing. March and April bring variable weather, so it’s beneficial to maximize your limited luggage space by packing the appropriate items for a successful ski vacation in Vail.
LAYER UP… OR DOWN!
It’s not unheard of to have a record-breaking March in snowfall as much as in warm temperatures. Be sure your pants, jacket, and gloves have zip vents so you can quickly adjust your body temperature accordingly without being uncomfortably hot or cold. Some helmets also have vent options to allow more or less airflow though.
MOISTURE WICKING CLOTHING
You don’t have to live in a ski resort to know the brand Under Armor. You’ve probably the heart of “heat gear” and “cold gear” which simplifies your packing decisions based on the climate of your activity. Cold gear is the best choice for winter sports keeping you warm, light and dry. Their clothing is moisture-wicking which means it wicks sweat away from the body and dries quickly.
Over the upcoming weeks, the sun will rise higher in the sky meaning longer days and warmer temperatures. This extended time in the sun at 8000+ elevation leads to a higher likelihood of getting a sunburn, especially on your neck, chin, nose, and cheeks. Skip the goggle tan and opt for a sunblock which covers UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays of at least an SPF30 instead of sunscreen which doesn’t protect you from UVB rays. Remember to use an ample amount and reapply often.
PACK A LUNCH
Where else can you grill at 8000+ feet above sea level? On-mountain decks are a popular choice in the spring by guests and locals alike with many outfitted with grills. Pack a lunch – no, not your kid’s typical school lunch as you’ll quickly be impressed with what others are cooking! Think pork belly, elk sausage; foil wrapped chopped veggies or an assortment of deli meats & cheeses. Take a seat, enjoy the fresh mountain air, sunshine and stunning views. Our favorite spring decks include Blue Sky Basin (ample seating, grills) or Window’s Deck (a gem tucked away off chair four that is smaller with less seating and no grill, but the best view around). Just make sure you’re heading down the mountain as most of the decks close at 4 pm (earlier for blue sky basin) or you’ll receive a visit from Ski Patrol asking you to move along.
SPRING EVENT CALENDAR
Lastly, when you’re here in the spring, you’ll want to take advantage of the events and activities happening around Vail. Here is a calendar detailing what is coming up for the next six weeks of the season, concluding with Vail’s closing day on April 15, 2018.
March 5-10, 2018: Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships
March 24, 2018: Pink Vail
March 26-April 6, 2018: Sol Y Ski
March 31, 2018: Spring Back to Vail
April 5-8, 2018: Vail Film Festival
April 4-8, 2018: Taste of Vail
April 14-15, 2018: Spring back to Vail
April 15, 2018: Closing day at Vail and Beaver Creek Ski Mountains