Spring break never seems to last long enough, but at the same time, it provides an opportunity to enjoy the first bits of spring which lead into the summer months. While most everyone loves the summer, something is left behind in the passing of an awesome winter. For me, skiing is what I start missing the moment winter ends. So, as spring break passes by and summer comes nearer, I have to make sure to get out and enjoy the last bit of the ski season, both during spring break and every weekend I can until lifts stop running and I resign to partaking in summer sports.
This spring break, I started off in Missoula going to the local mountain: Montana Snowbowl. Although it is a little mountain featuring just two lifts, Snowbowl has some of the best terrain around for skiing. When I was there early last week, it was relatively warm. Although not too bright and sunny, it was fun to hit the slightly slushy slopes that signaled the start of spring skiing in Montana. With the slight softness to the snow, I couldn’t help but enjoy skiing as a legitimate piece of the 2014 spring break experience.
From Missoula, I drove down to Park City, Utah where I spent the next few days skiing beautiful bluebird days at one of the country’s finest ski resorts, Park City Mountain Resort. Although an expensive mountain, the vast, varied terrain ranges from runs so flat I’m not sure how anyone manages to move on them, to runs so steep I’m not sure how snow can stay on them. Most importantly though, for the sake of spring break, it was warm and sunny every day I was there. With temperatures in the forty’s, no wind and not a cloud in the sky, I can’t think of better conditions to hit the slopes.
After an awesome spring break celebrating a great season of skiing, here we are back in Bozeman going to school. But, the ski season isn’t quite over yet. There is snow to be had and the lifts continue to run, beckoning skiers to the sweet spring skiing. I know I’m going to hit up Bridger Bowl and get as much out of my spring as I can before summer rolls around. Get up to the mountains, ski, and enjoy the sun and warmth of the late season!