8 spring skiing gear essentials
Spring skiing and riding at Breckenridge is a mixed bag of sun and soft snow with a smattering of possible powder days. Not to mention all of the end-of-season parties and events (check out Breck’s Spring Fever lineup).
March has a gloriously notorious rep for being one of the snowiest months in Colorado and April is typically a soft turns, laid-back bluebird-day delight. It can all be tricky to plan for.
Here are eight go-to guidelines for spring skiing:
Layers are king.
Chilly mornings turn balmy by lunchtime. Spring often means cruising the mountain in just a T-shirt and an out-layer windproof shell. You may not even need a base layer under those ski pants. Just make sure they’re comfortable and have some vents.
Shell with ventilation.
Dress for the season’s temperature changes with a shell jacket over top layers. Stick with windproof and waterproof, but keep things adjustable with lots of vents and zippers.
Lighter socks and gloves.
Hands and feet get cold fast and when it’s warm outside, they heat up just as quick. Don’t sweat it. Pack thinner versions of your December gear. Some heavy duty winter gloves come with stretchy, moisture-wicking liners that can serve as spring standalones.
Yeah, bring those goggles (and low-light and ultra-sunny lenses to swap out), but keep your favorite pair of shades close for sunny patio après beers. Squinting doesn’t look good on anyone.
Pack a down or fleece jacket or vest for under your ski jacket to provide extra breathable warmth. You never know when that spring storm will dip over the ridge and cool things off.
This is a crucial piece of gear no matter what month it is. Keep things breezy and comfortable with a vented helmet. Preferably one you can open and close without taking your gloves off. There are plenty of places to rent a helmet if you don’t own one.
Sunscreen / lip balm.
Spring at higher elevations means bright sun and magnified UV rays reflecting off the snow. Apply liberal sunscreen and lip protectant throughout the day.
Bring your trunks or bikini to enjoy the hot tubs and heated pools at the end of the day. With daylight savings happening March 13, the sun will be out later each evening – making for more après pool time and playtime.
For best results, check the snow and weather report before you hit the hill this spring.