Spring Break is Better in the Mountains | Make the Most of Your Ikon Pass

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Friends doing Spring Break right.

Spring Break is Better in the Mountains

Break away from your daily schedule, from the stress, and from the chaos of your city or school. Escape to the mountains this spring, where the fresh air and striking skylines will reset your love for the outdoors while offering adventures of all scales.

Whether traveling with family or friends, looking to party or relax, the mountains present opportunities and activities for everyone – all under the backdrop of stunning scenery and loads of sunshine. This time of year calls for longer, sunnier days with soft snow. And, most Ikon Pass destinations offer Spring Break specials on lodging, lessons, and food & beverage. This year, trade sand for snow and get stoked for spring experiences on the slopes with your Ikon Pass.

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Family snow fight!

Take the Family

Seek solace in the fact that many Ikon Pass destinations offer activities for the whole family. Find a spot that boasts fun-filled beginner terrain and unique experiences that will leave your family with lasting memories.

Check out ski school programs, daycares, family-friendly restaurants, a wide variety of activities, and discounts on lodging to fit the whole gang.

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The base at Solitude Mountain Resort.

Stay right by the slopes

Find Spring Break specials at in-village lodging, with easy access to the mountain. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Steamboat, Stratton, Solitude Mountain Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Snowshoe are all known for their idyllic villages with multiple options for hotel rooms or family condos within walking distance of the lifts.

Let the kids have fun without you

Stratton’s Kids Night Out or Sugarbush’s Pizza & Movie Night (March 23) give parents a chance to go out alone and leave the kids to make the hard decision of craft night vs. movie night. Blue Mountain also hosts Friday Night Lights Rail Jams for kids and teens to show off the skills they’ve honed during the day.

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Kids in awe at WinterWonderGrass

Plan events with the whole family

Join mascots Eddy & Betty for dinner and a magic show at Sunday River, spark up a bit of friendly competition at Tremblant’s Crazy Games, or dust off your dance moves at Saturday Night Fever (March 2-10). Choose from ice carving or scavenger hunts or fireworks at Blue’s Family Day Weekend (Feb 16), and get your faces painted at the WinterWonderGrass Kids Zone at Squaw Valley (March 29-31).

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Everyone loves a roller coaster

Find new ways to enjoy the snow together

In the mountains, fun is non-stop. Start a cannonball competition into Snowshoe’s mountainside Split Rock Pool or Blue Mountain’s Plunge! Aquatic Center. Race around the Woodview Mountaintop Skate Rink at Blue Mountain, or down the Coca Cola Tubing Hill at Winter Park and Snowshoe. Experience the peak of adventure together by renting mini snowmobiles at Squaw Valley or riding the longest mountain coaster in North America, Steamboat’s Outlaw Coaster.

Get Away with a Group

Expand your crew by offering up a few Friends & Family 25% off discounts to your buddies, because some powder days are better with friends. Consider easy coordination by visiting a mountain close to an airport, or within driving distance of a city, and pick a destination with varied terrain for the whole group.

Plan to check out mountain nightlife, special events, bustling après scenes, unique cultural experiences, and vibrant towns or villages. Many Ikon Pass destinations also offer Spring Break specials – from discounted beer buckets to affordable lodging.

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The stage at WinterWonderGrass

Fly in easily

Pick a destination that is less than an hour from an airport, for example Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resort, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Steamboat Aspen Snowmass, Eldora, Winter Park Resort, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and all Ikon Pass destinations in Utah, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, Snowbird, Deer Valley Resort. Bonus: when visiting Winter Park in Colorado you can take the Ski Train directly to the slopes, or when visiting Utah destinations, you can take the UTA Ski Bus between Salt Lake City and the mountains (after activating your free benefits at Solitude).

Find your beach

Kick back and relax at a mountain “beach” filled with cold drinks, lounge chairs, strong sunshine, and all of your friends. Join the party at Mammoth Mountain’s Beach Bar, start your own party when you experience an infamous Mary Jane tailgate at Winter Park, or learn why Squaw Valley is known as the Spring Skiing Capital.

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Aprés are for friends.

Celebrate the day with a cold one

Toast to lasting memories and cheers to an unforgettable break with friends. Pop champagne at Aspen Highland’s Cloud 9 Alpine Bistro, ask for the shotski at Steamboat Resort’s Timber + Torch or take the gondola up to Winter Park’s Sunspot for after-hours mountaintop après.

Schedule in a special event

Keep the whole gang entertained from first chair to last dance – many Ikon Pass destinations host their largest parties during Spring Break. Pack your finest beads and bright colors for Steamboat Mardi Gras, enter the costume contest at Solitude’s Nordic Spring Fling (March 9), or dream of going pro at The Vermont Open at Stratton (March 8-10). Catch front row to watch your favorite artist play at KROQ Storms Bear Mountain, Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival (March 15-16), WinterWonderGrass at Squaw Valley (March 29-31), or Big Sky Big Grass (April 11-14).

Bring Your Best Friend

Sometimes all you really need is a true break, and the chance to spend some quality time with your favorite person. Let the mountains rejuvenate you through relaxing activities, healthy food, fresh air, and the comfort of lodging that feels like your own home.

Make time to try something new

Show up to on-mountain “snowga” yoga at Winter Park, explore over 12 miles of Nordic ski and snowshoe trails at Solitude Mountain Resort, share a dog sled ride at Jackson Hole, or dine under the stars after snowshoeing up to Aspen Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse.

Treat yourselves

Get pampered at The Cliff Spa at Snowbird, indulge at Deer Valley’s Seafood Buffet, or explore two different hot springs within 20 minutes of Steamboat Resort.

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Moguls at Mary Jane, Winter Park.

Learn from a local

When traveling in pairs or small groups, you can navigate a new destination easier. Many mountains offer local guides to show you the secret stashes that larger groups may not access. For example, hire an Adventure Guide at Winter Park or even ski with a champion at Deer Valley.

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