A Vancouverite’s Guide To Spring Skiing

March 8, 2023

From novices to weekend warriors, we can all agree this mild season is the peak time to visit your local mountain. Especially for Vancouverites, where the weather is quickly warming up, March brings idealistic bluebird days and softer snow to carve into. Leave your stress from the work week at the base of the mountain and enjoy the March-inspired ski and snowboard culture in your own backyard. Here’s how to do spring skiing right this season! —Julia Dumbrell

Enjoy The Vibe

During the springtime, you’ll notice the vibe at your local hill is a little more relaxed. With the tourist season having passed, the wait time to load lifts is cut in half, and there is more than enough seating when grabbing lunch in the lodge. Not to mention, the sun has warmed the snow to make each run softer and the pace more of a gentle glide down the mountain.

Pro tip: most of the local Vancouver mountains offer their village accommodations, meals and passes at reduced fares for locals. Save on lift tickets at local mountains with Spring Passes at Whistler Blackcomb, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.

Spring Skiing Style

My favourite part of spring skiing? It’s no longer necessary to hit the mountain with so much weather protection. Ski style is totally inspired by the neon colours of the 80s. With the sun coming out, it’s the perfect time to shed a few layers and show your true colours.

Think the Evergreen Anorak from Lululemon, with a Printed Fleece Jacket from Free People underneath. No spring skiing look would be complete without a bright toque as well, like the Lightweight Grotto Toque from Arc’Teryx.

If you’re feeling particularly confident in your spring skiing style, Mount Seymour’s Ski Ballet & Retro Day invites skiers to show off their best looks while performing on a run to a panel of judges. This iconic annual event embraces retro looks on the mountain, where the hill becomes your runway.

Après-Skiing Culture

Whether you’re celebrating an epic winter at your favourite mountain or are kicking off the season late, the après-ski culture is at its best in the spring.

A favourite local après-event is Cypress Mountain’s Brewski Fest 2023, offering local beers and beverages on the mountain’s outdoor patio. Switch your googles for a pair of sunglasses (hello, Goodr Circle G Sunglasses in neon pink), enjoy a cold beverage, and reflect on why this time of year is the most ideal to visit your local mountain.


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