With the turn of a new year, it’s natural to look ahead to the coming of spring. But in Salt Lake, there’s still phenomenal ski experiences to be had. Some of the best snow arrives later in the season, extending the thrill of spending time on the slopes. This is, after all, the Greatest Snow on Earth®.
Salt Lake has so many entertaining and over-the-top ways to round out the ski season in style. It’s the place to be for an exciting tradition of unique celebrations, and each of the local resorts has its own way of throwing an unforgettable party.
Alta celebrates the end of the season with its super-popular ski event dubbed the “Frank World Classic.” Honoring Frank, whose origins are unknown but is seemingly remembered as the ultimate rock and roll skier, this late April event is truly not to be missed. Packed with skiers in crazy costumes, outlandish downhill tricks and an accepting culture of pushing the limits, it’s all about having a good time on the hills.
And over at Snowbird – one of the last resorts open – you’re greeted by the sight of skiers wearing retro headbands, cut-off jean shorts and all kinds of other unexpected and often ill-advised fashion choices. Freestylers take their stunts to the next level, while everyone else is simply enjoying the warmth of spring and the easy-going spirit of the celebration.
Other end-of-season highlights include events with curious names like Solitude’s Last Chance Beach Bash and Pond Skim Beach Party, featuring live bands and the occasional Après Ski DJ party. Salt Lake is the place to be if skiing (and letting loose) is what moves you. You’ll find lodging options to meet whatever your budget allows, and the ability to book spontaneously for those who aren’t long-range planners.
Beyond the ski resorts, late winter and early spring in Salt Lake are the chance to sample many other rewarding experiences. For non-skiers who still crave downhill winter fun, there’s a host of free tubing spots and sledding hills, from Sugar House Park to Donut Falls in Big Cottonwood Canyon – where there’s still time to experience an epic season for yourself.