There is, quite simply, nothing I enjoy more than spring skiing.
Some of my most-cherished memories of my favorite activity come when the sun is shining just a bit brighter, the temperatures are just a bit more friendly, and the scents of sunscreen and charcoal filter throughout the base area. I wait patiently every season for the forgiving corn snow that makes up the navigable mounds on the hill. I dream of those fleeting days when skiers and riders strip down to their T-shirts in order to enjoy the remnants of a bygone winter.
“Springtime is especially fun because everything is soft and playful,” said 23-year-old Maggie Leon, who works as a prototyping engineer at Burton Snowboards and was part of Red Bull’s most recent Slide-In Tour, a road trip with some of the nation’s best snowboarders traveling along Route 100, the “Skier’s Highway” in Vermont.
No argument against powder days, but give me a sun-splashed day in the spring and I can promise a borderline spiritual experience. Music pumps from speakers set up on the lodge’s outside deck, where dozens of skiers and riders, with the well-worked thighs that only spring snow can deliver, sit sunning and sipping. And the event calendar is jammed at resorts across the Northeast, perhaps hoping to lure some of the uninitiated into what joys the spring season brings in the mountains.