Your spring family vacation: Head to the slopes

What’s to love about spring skiing and snowboarding? Plenty! Savvy families know that a spring ski vacation is a wonderful experience, with sunshine and blue skies highlighting longer days, warmer temperatures yielding soft snow that’s easy to learn or improve on, and destinations typically offering late season deals on vacation packages. If you’ve never considered a spring skiing and snowboarding vacation for your family, our family vacation experts are here to share four reasons why you should book a ski destination for your family’s spring getaway.

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Spring offers a winning combination of sunshine, blue skies, and pristine white snow. Just being outside on spring’s bluebird days leave skiers and riders with a happy, relaxed vibe. It’s a great time to celebrate the beauty of the mountain, pack snacks or a lunch, and enjoy the views provided by a summit picnic during your day on the trails. The warm temperatures lead to a feeling of celebration and plenty of socializing, with parking lots populated by tailgate barbecues and lodge decks filled with skiers and riders enjoying the sunshine. The season also provides plenty of fun events on the mountain, like pond skimming contests to watch or participate in; check your destination’s events calendar for details.

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Spring’s longer days offer more hours to try new activities and adventures while on vacation. Take advantage of spring’s longer days to fill your vacation days with plenty of action. How about inserting a zip line canopy tour into your ski day? Or signing up for instructional sessions in a snow sport that’s new to you?

Mountain trails in spring typically have great conditions to learn skiing and snowboarding skills. Get a jump on the next ski season by learning new skills or fine tuning existing ones by signing up for instruction during your spring vacation. “Spring’s softer snow conditions make it easier to learn to ski without the distraction of winter’s colder temperatures,” says Harley Johnson of Smugglers’ Snow Sport University®. “You’re not so bundled up and you have more freedom to move your body.” Soft spring snow is easy to carve turns into and more forgiving of falls. Another benefit: you’ll likely find that there are fewer skiers and riders on the slopes in spring, which also lends itself to a more relaxed learning environment.

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The lowest rates of the season can be found in spring. Typically, vacation package rates for a spring ski vacation are much lower than the rates of a winter getaway. At Smugglers’, SuperSaver rates on lodging packages are in effect from mid-March through early April, and run about 15 percent lower than height of the season rates. For the best value, look for a package, like those offered by Smugglers’, that features lift tickets and family-pleasing inclusions of amenities and activities at no extra charge.

Are you ready to think spring? Once you and your family have enjoyed the pleasures of a spring ski vacation, the experience just may become a yearly tradition!

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