As the Spring sunlight brightens across the slopes, schools mercifully close to allow time for friends and family to gather to celebrate the passing of deep winter and the emergence of longer, warmer days. Summit Schools take the break late after many of the ski resorts close. This year's school vacation is from April 16-20 -- we're already in the best place to be for March and early April spring breaks.
Even the most dedicated powder hounds among us breathe a collective sign of relief as the days lengthen and the weather warms -- and not just because Spring is a reliable source of epic powder days. The cycle from dark to light, to the return towards summer, is one that humans have celebrated across cultures and centuries. It remains ingrained in us from generations before and is an elementally human experience.
The manner of celebrating has evolved over the years, with beach parties and debauched après scenes dominating the cultural consciousness- but there is so much more to the sweet return of the tender shoots of Spring.
Of course, here in the High Country, debauched and lightly debauched and even G-rated après scenes are available as a reliable Spring Break right of passage. But there is so much more to dig into here in Summit Country.
Spring is a great time to visit Colorado’s natural hot springs- Mt Princeton, just over an hour from Breckenridge, and located just between Buena Vista and Salida is a top contender for a Spring Break day trip. Come June, and the the weather snow is melting in earnest, the in-river springs become overwhelmed with the runoff. Spring break could be your last chance to climb into a natural spring for a few months. Spend a few hours at Mt Princeton; grab lunch on Salida’s historic and vibrant Main Street, and maybe even rent a cruiser bike for some saddle time. Salida is called the Banana Belt of Colorado by many mountain folk, and the streets and flat and in a traditional town grid surrounded by some good farm roads. The longer daylight hours give you plenty of time to make it back to Summit Country before the sun sets, and teed up to take advantage of Summit County’s dining and nightlight options.
From family-friendly full moon snowshoe tours to the famous high country, high-spirited cantina culture, Summit County really does have it all on offer. The Summit Daily’s calendar is a helpful roundup. On our current event calendar we include the Twitter feed of GoBreck so up-to-the-moment event info that might interest you is just a tweet away.
From art openings and hands-on workshops, live music, guided snowshoe tours, yoga, pickleball, wine tastings, group runs, theater, dj’s and even a quaffing tournament, it’s almost easy to forget that spring skiing is the real star of the Spring Break in the Rockies show. And of course, no Spring Break is complete without a little beach time -- luckily, Summit County’s own Arapaho Basin Ski Area is home to a rollicking-if-non-traditional beach scene. You’ll have to see it to believe it, and don’t forget your skis! You won't find snow sports on your next beach vacation. But beach on ski vacation -- spring's the time for it all. Arrive early to grab a front row spot and settle in for a day of Beachin’ at the Basin.
Spring Break in the high country -- it just doesn’t get any better. (Until the summer trails open, of course… and then until the powder days return. It’s really just a cycle of ski country awesome, to be honest.)