The ski season is one of the most exciting times of the year. The snow flies, the après-ski life becomes more appealing, and you get the opportunity to put your skiing skills to the test. But, as exhilarating as it is, the season does not last forever. Once the last lift stops and the last chair pulls out, you’ll soon realize that the snowfall and the skiing are on their way to an end.
Skiing is a popular winter sport in Utah, and with good reason. The state is home to some of the best skiing resorts in the country, such as Park City and Snowbird, and the ski season there runs from mid-December through March. As with any other sport, the best time to be in the mountains is between the snows, and this is especially the case in Utah. The weather stays fairly consistent throughout the year, so even if the temperature is below freezing, there will be plenty of opportunities to ski. What’s more, the resorts in Utah are world-class, and some of the longest ski runs in North America are found there. Even beginners can have a blast on the slopes.
However, just because the season is over at the top resorts, it does not mean that the skiing is over in Utah. There are smaller towns and resorts scattered around the state where the runs are less challenging but still offer plenty of excitement. Also, while you would normally associate the end of the ski season with lower temperatures and more snow, this is certainly not the case in Utah. The ski season actually ends in a warm-up, and this past season was no exception. As a matter of fact, Park City and Snowbird even saw some early morning thaws during the final few weeks of the season.
Tips For When The Season Is Over
Since the snowfall and the skiing are on their way to an end, it’s a good idea to prepare for the summer. This means removing all the snow from the slopes, grooming the mountain, and packing up your ski gear. While you’re at it, you might as well clear out any snow that has built up on the course, so that when the next ski season starts up, it will be smooth sailing.
It’s also a good idea to prepare for the hotter weather. The ski season is over, but the temperature does not always reflect this. When hiking with your dog or on a picnic, you’ll encounter hot summer days that make you wish the ski season would last forever. There are ways to enjoy the summer months even when the temperatures are above 80 degrees Fahrenheit – like exploring the backcountry and connecting with nature via a picnic or a campfire. If you can find a way to stay active, even if it’s only for a few hours a day, you’ll be happier and healthier in the long run.
No Time For The Apres-Ski?
The skiing season is over, but not all fun stops here. The Apres-Ski season is just as exciting – if not more so – and it starts once the last ski run has stopped. This is when the ski gear is taken off and the après-ski activities commence. The term apres-ski originates from France, where it stands for post-ski activities. This usually includes lounging around the lodge, drinking craft beer, and making bonfires. While it is still considered to be rather fashionable to hang out at a mountain resort in the summer, heading to the ski village for a drink or two is not. In the summer of 2019, the Apres-Ski season officially began in Utah.
The best way to prepare for the hot weather is with plenty of water and sunblock. The combination of the two will not only protect you from the burning sun but also keep you cool under the hot summer temperatures. Also, remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. You should also take care of your skin by applying sunblock every day, even when the sun is not at its peak. This will help prevent sun exposure-related skin cancer. Also, it’s a good idea to schedule some time off work during the hottest weeks to allow you to fully participate in the apres-ski activities. This is also when the resorts in Utah see the greatest number of visitors, so don’t forget about them when making your travel plans.
However, one of the big differences between the winter and the summer is the daylight. During the day, you will be fully exposed to the sun’s heat, so you must stay hydrated and protected from it. In the summer, you will not be exposed to this temperature as much, which means you can drink alcohol more liberally without worrying about it turning to ice.
The best time of day to be in the mountains is in the morning. The sun is at its peak, which means it is hot and beaming, but it is also not too strong yet. This is the best time to enjoy the fresh powder and take advantage of the cooler air. Also, the sunrise is unbelievably beautiful in the mountains, especially when viewed from a snowy peak. As for the rest of the day, it depends on the weather. If it is sunny, you can walk around and enjoy the scenery. However, if there is bad weather, such as thunderstorms or heavy rain, it is best to stay indoors or take refuge in a cozy mountain lodge.
Going Down, But Not Out
Just because the ski season is over at the premier resorts in Utah does not mean that they are empty. There are still people skiing down the mountain, especially at night. If you are seeing this on the itinerary for your next vacation, don’t be surprised. The best places to catch the sunset are in the backcountry, and this is the area where you will find the largest mountain communities.
These places do not just offer some stunning views of the sunset, but the lodging and food there are on par with the resorts. A luxury hotel with a hot tub, fireplace, and private mountain-view terrace is just the start of what you’ll find in Utah’s backcountry. This is the place where you’ll make lifelong friends and enjoy the best of both worlds: the seclusion of the woods and the convenience of a small town.
Backcountry skiing is a way of life there, and it was one of the first things the locals did after the last ski run had stopped. They would stay at the top resorts during the day and then, at night, make their way down through the backcountry, connecting with nature via a campfire and a sky full of stars.
These are things you’ll love about the winter in Utah and things you’ll miss once the season is over. Make sure you prepare for the last lap by taking down the ski gear and getting rid of any excess snow. This is not just good preparation for the next ski season but also an opportunity to make the most of the summer. While you’re at it, you might as well clear out any snow that has built up on the course, so that when the next ski season starts up, it will be smooth sailing. And if you can find a way to stay active, even if it’s only for a few hours a day, you’ll be happier and healthier in the long run.