Apres Ski in the Sunshine: Getting the Most Out of the Last Few Weeks of Ski Season

Apres Ski in Late Ski SeasonOne of the many perks of spring skiing in Colorado is the chance to end the day on a sunny deck, cold drink in hand and great music in the background. So we’ve gathered up a few of our favorite spots for aprés ski festivities during the late ski season, and thought we’d share them with you.

Sunset Happy Hour – Steamboat Springs

After a great day on the slopes, hop on the gondola once more and head to Thunderhead for drinks, live music, and a phenomenal sunset view from your 9100′ perch.

The Derailer Bar – Winter Park

This two-level bar with ample deck space is not only great for its full pub-style lunch menu, but it’s apres ski scene can’t be beat. Find a seat on the deck and enjoy a drink and Frickles (fried, spicy pickles) while you trade stories of your best runs of the day.

Pepi’s Deck – Vail

If sitting outside on the sunniest of spring afternoons still sounds cold to you, check out Pepi’s Deck – its heated patio. Smack in the middle of Vail Village, Pepi’s offers a fantastic assortment of Austrian beers. And if you are too cozy to get up and leave, just stay for Pepi’s delicious dinner and some great entertainment.

The Eldo – Crested Butte

With a tagline like “A sunny place for shady people,” its just begging for you to try it out. This brewpub features some fine handcrafted Crested Butte brew and filling snacks after a day of burning calories on the slopes. The sunny deck is the perfect end to your day.

Do you have a favorite apres ski spot? Share it with Ski Daddy – we’d love to try it out.

Snow kayaking? Oh, yeah.

At Monarch Mountain, they know how to make the most of spring skiing. First, in homage to their name, they host the annual Monarch Mountain Butterfly Roundup (stickers only, no actual butterflies are harmed.) Second, on April 12, they will be hosting the Kayaks on Snow event.

In the annual snow kayakingvevent, competitors navigate downhill in a head to head kayak race, with all the snowy obstacles you might expect – banks and bumps galore. And as if that’s not enough, they end in an icy pond. I love kayaking and skiing, but this seems a little crazy to me. Check it out – these guys are going fast!

What do you think? Would you try snow kayaking?

This Spring Break Why Not Get a Little Beach Time on Your Ski Trip

Durango Offers Beach Time on Your Ski Trip
Photo courtesy of Durango Mountain Resort

Most people don’t expect to lounge on the beach, surrounded by people in beach attire indulging in fresh seafood when they book their spring break ski trip. But, for the folks clever enough to plan spring break at Durango Mountain Resort, beach time on their ski trip is exactly what they have planned.

Of course “the beach” is covered with snow and not sand, but everything else is positively tropical. On March 14 at Purgy’s Beach skiers will don their finest beach attire and head out to enjoy a little beach time, complete with a clambake by Steamworks Brewing Co. Steamworks will  be serving their handcrafted beer as well as some Lil’ Toots Root Beer for the underage crowd.

Beachgoers will enjoy the sizzling sounds of BACON as they dance away the afternoon knowing that the proceeds from the Steamworks Clambake will benefit La Plata County Search and Rescue.

Powder is great for skiing and for beach time on your ski trip
Photo Courtesy of Durango Mountain Resort

Don’t worry, though, Durango Mountain Resort is still all about the snow, and there is plenty of it. With 1360 skiable acres, an average annual snowfall of 260″, 88 runs and five terrain parks, you won’t run out of skiing options any time soon.

It’s not too late to ski this spring break! Contact Ski Daddy and let him handle the details.

Ski Daddy’s Top Three Ways to Relive the Olympics at Steamboat

Are you feeling a little lost now that the closing ceremonies have ended and the Olympians have all gone home? Well, perhaps it’s time to grab some gold of your own and relive the Olympics at Steamboat, Colorado. Steamboat, home of more Winter Olympians than any other town in North America, with a total of 88 Olympic athletes and counting, knows a little something about the Olympic lifestyle. So a spring break ski trip to Steamboat will let you relive that Olympic glory without waiting another four years.

Relive the Olympics at Steamboat Springs

Here are a just few ways to get your Olympics on in Steamboat:

FREE CLINIC WITH OLYMPIANS

World Champion and Olympic silver medalist, Billy Kidd, and Olympic Bronze medalist and World Cup Champion, Nelson Carmichael, offer free ski clinics at Steamboat. Yes, I said FREE. Some of the best skiers the world has ever seen are available to give you pointers at no charge. With this being the 50th anniversary of Kidd’s historic medal (he and teammate Jimmie Heuga were the first American men to medal in skiing), what better year to head up to Steamboat and carve some powder with a legend?

COMPARE YOUR TIMES WITH THE OLYMPIANS’

Steamboat’s NASTAR recreational racing and training facility is one of the world’s largest. The Bashor Race Area offers daily racing through March 30. The NASTAR Race-Training course allows you to hone your performance down to the hundredth of a second with the digital display at the finish. If you prefer, you can race against your buddies by setting up a private group racing session with a B-B-Q lunch at the finish line.

GET OLYMPIC SERIOUS AT A BILLY KIDD RACE CAMP

If you are ready to take it to the next level, then sign up for the Billy Kidd Race Camp, a three-day camp for level 6-8 skiers from first grade to adult. According to Steamboat’s Director of Skiing, Olympian Billy Kidd, the camp is designed to “apply the principles and ski techniques that produce World Champions to a skiing improvement program for skiers of all ages.” Your camp will include top-level coaching in freeskiing, carving, skiing powder, bumps trees, and racing gates from 9-4 each day and includes video analysis and lunch.

Are you ready to book your spring break ski trip to Steamboat? Ski Daddy can help with all the details, from lift tickets to lessons to accommodations, so all you have to worry about is skiing like the Olympians.

Avalanche Dogs Strut Their Stuff at Utah Ski Resorts

When you think of avalanche dogs, you often think of the husky, lovable St. Bernard with a little barrel of whiskey around his neck. The reality is that avalanche dogs are highly trained in search and rescue skills and are part of the ski patrol’s effort to insure a safe experience at most ski resorts.

The St. Bernard is the Ultimate Avalanche Dog

The Swiss Army started training avalanche dogs in the 1930’s. Typically, resorts put epic efforts into preventing avalanches and keeping skiers out of avalanche prone areas. But even though these precautions make an actual avalanche at a ski resort a rare occurrence, these dogs still have a lot of work to do. Skiers who have fallen and find themselves covered with a layer of freshly fallen snow, or those who go out of bounds only to end up lost and taking shelter in a cave are two other groups that are appreciative of an avalanche dog’s skills.

These dogs, who typically begin their training at 8-10 weeks old, work an area very quickly looking for concentrated areas of human scent. When they find it stick their head right into the snow to determine if the scent is stronger, and if it is they will start digging. If not they will use that as clue to narrow down the possible location of the buried or injured victim.

According to the 1st Special Response Group, an avalanche dog is highly efficient and can cover about the same area as 20 human rescuers in about 1/8th of the time.

You can see Nick, one of the search and rescue dogs at Sundance Resort, do his thing and rescue Glenn Close and her husband David in this video. Frankly, if I were buried in that hole, I’d be hoping for that barrel of whiskey.


If you are skiing at The Canyons Resort, you can meet their avalanche dogs and their handlers every Wednesday afternoon at 4:30 during the winter season. When you look at those sweet faces, how could you not want to meet them?

Avalanche dogs are highly trained professionals

Want to meet some great avalanche dogs on a group ski trip to Utah this spring break? Ski Daddy can set you up with a great trip to The Canyons or Sundance. Just get in touch and we’ll do the rest.