Late Spring, Major Fling
We’re going to let you in on a little secret. Yes, it’s April. Yes, thoughts are turning toward warm weather and summer fun. Yes, daffodils and crocuses are defiantly poking through the soil on the valley floor. But up on Baldy, it’s still some of the best skiing and riding of the year to keep you wishing winter would never end -- right through the epic closing weekend April 14 and 15.
From here on out, it’s nothing but great conditions and great parties on Baldy
The joys of spring skiing in Sun Valley are almost too numerous to name. Warm sun and brilliant bluebird skies perform amazing alchemy – magically transforming ho-hum snow into corn, beautiful corn. Corn snow offers some of the most “woo-hooable” skiing and riding you can get, and it only happens in the spring. With every turn, it is a joy to ride. Often called the “Goldilocks” of snow – not too hard, not too soft, it will have you feeling like the star of a Warren Miller film, especially on Baldy’s southern-facing slopes.
But corn snow is just the beginning. The entire vibe on Baldy for the next few weeks will be one of being in the moment, enjoying every run, and luxuriating in everything that makes up the spring skiing experience. If you ever wanted to live the mountain lifestyle like a local, this is the time. Here are some highlights of what not to miss:
Thanks to March storms, skiing and riding remain fantastic. Corn snow, blue skies … it doesn’t get any better
In April, the mountain belongs to locals, whether you live here year-round or just wish you did! Spring skiing is one big party – from chairlift chat to après ski on the deck -- if you’re here, you’re family. The gift of these glorious late season days are an all-natural endorphin boost; an awesome feeling that just has to be shared. Pull up a chair, grab a cold beer, and join a community that likes nothing more than sharing their love for this beautiful mountain town and our amazing mountain.
Late season is all about fun on Baldy, especially on closing day at the Baldy Bash celebration – one part concert, one part costume party!
The place to be this week is the River Run side of the mountain, cruising Canyon and mid-River Run under the April sun (best light of the year!); playing in the trees in Frenchman’s and hitting the soft bumps on Olympic or Upper Holiday. It’s all great, but, unfortunately, as all good things must come to an end, this side of the mountain will close for the season on April 8. There is so much terrain to explore until the closing bell, though. No matter your preferences, the River Run side of Baldy offers so many variations you’ll wish you could ski all summer. There will be fun on the Warm Springs side of Baldy this weekend, too, when local-favorite the Hawaiian Nationals telemark event returns (with its awesome costumes), bringing Aloha spirit to the snow. There’s time to enjoy it all!
There is a soundtrack to the late season, and since this is Sun Valley, it’s always live and it’s always
funky. Bands will rock both River Run and Warm Springs until the last chairs come to a stop, creating a non-stop party atmosphere that dares you to try to stay seated. But, of course, dancing in ski boots is an art form: one that is cultivated in Sun Valley like nowhere else. So get ready to get out there starting on April 6 when Tylor and the Train Robbers rock Warm Springs Lodge with a sound that described as a “perfect blend of gritty Americana and outlaw honky tonk”. Then, on April 7, Harlis Sweetwater Band will start a frenzy at River Run Lodge and Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra, a California-based American roots quartet, round out the weekend with live après music at River Run Lodge on April 8. All concerts start at 2:30 and end around 5:30 p.m. and the best part – they’re free!
The Emily Stanton Band headlines the Baldy Bash Celebration on April 15. Get ready to send the season out on a high note
The next weekend, Friday the 13th will be anything but unlucky when DJN8 brings the party to Warm Springs Lodge, kicking closing weekend into high gear. The countdown continues on Saturday when Life During Wartime (the premiere Talking Heads cover band) takes the stage all afternoon while the bubbles flow with the final Clicquot in the Snow of the season. From 12 - 4 pm, grab a bottle or a glass of this celebrated vintage and say cheers to another great season. A photo booth on site will provide even more fun. As the Talking Heads would say, it can only happen “Once in a Lifetime.”
Jackets off, smiles on! Late spring skiing and riding brings nothing but joy
That, unfortunately, brings us to closing day and the Baldy Bash. The Emily Stanton Band will headline a celebration of an amazing season, playing Warm Springs on April 15 starting at 2:30 p.m. Known for an incredible funk and soul sound, this band will rock the base of the mountain. It wouldn’t be closing day in Sun Valley without a costume party on the slopes, so grab your favorite wigs, super hero costumes, bikini tops (and bottoms for some brave souls), or anything else that screams party to you and come out for awesome food and drink specials and the company of some amazing folks. The party lasts all afternoon and into the evening and brings out the entire community to toast everyone who made the season great: from groomers, to snow makers, to lift ops, Snowsports instructors, Ski Patrol, and our entire amazing mountain community.
To make things even sweeter, special lift ticket pricing and lodging specials for end-of-season are available here.
Get ready to party when the season officially closes on Baldy on April 15
Ok, so now the secret is out as to why everywhere can’t stop grinning in April in Sun Valley. We’re ok with that, though. When you have a spring like ours to celebrate on the mountain and off, it’s something you want to share!
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