winter-park-spring-splash-2008April is coming! The fun starts this time of year in Winter Park, for locals and visitors alike, but especially for us locals (if you’ve ever lived in a ski town, you’ll know exactly what I mean).

Everyone is up for celebrating and hitting the slopes a few more times in the sunshine before the close of the season and the beginning of spring (and eventually, summer!).

The snow gets nice & soft in the afternoons and it’s usually warm enough to shed a few layers from your normal skiing attire. We like to take a few runs in the sun, hit the decks of the Derailer or the Club Car to soak up the rays and down a refreshing drink, then repeat.

Here’s a rundown of some events happening in Winter Park this April:

  • April 4th & 5thWeekend Party at the Park – Good drink specials and live music at the Derailer Bar, smashing deals at the end-of-season blowout in base area shops and free bump tips from the Winter Park Ski and Snowboard school (at top of the Prospector Lift at 1pm).  Plus, watch the area’s best freeride competitors in rail jam competitions and demo’s.
  • April 11th & 12th – Family Weekend fun for children of all ages with free fun carnival atmosphere including stilt walkers, jugglers, face painters, caricature artists and live music. The Derailer Bar offers up great food and drink specials for aprés ski. The end-of-season sales continue and so do the free bump and tele tips from the Winter Park Ski and Ride School (at top of the Prospector Lift at 1pm).
  • April 18th & 19thWeekend Throw-back to the 80’s – Dust off your finest day-glow apparel, straight skinny skis and old school one-pieces. Win valuable prizes in the “Dress Your Dog Hot” contest and old school costume contest, both at the Plaza at 1pm. Enjoy relaxing on the deck of Derailer Bar with drink specials and live music and shop ’till you drop at the very last of the end-of-season sales. Get free Bump and Tele tips from the Winter Park Ski & Ride School at the top of the Prospector lift at 1pm.
  • April 19th – Closing Day and Spring Splash Party!  Watch skiers and riders struggle through obstacles on the Larry Sale trail race course and attempt to skim across an icy pond to reach the finish line and post a time. Live music sets the tone for a closing day party that is totally entertaining and fun. For more details, call 970.726.1564. Want to register? On Sunday, April 19, 8-10:30am, go to Guest Services at Balcony House (base of Winter Park Resort). $20 entry fee; $39 lift and entry fee, $15 employee entry fee. Limited to the first 100 participants. 18 and over, must show proof of age.
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