With the end of the season knocking on our door it should come as no surprise that flights into Denver are the lowest we have seen all year. There is still riding to be done on a strong '16/'17 Colorado base not to mention occasional snow in the Mountains.
NY/NJ to Denver has been running $200 to $300 so these trips get you there for 50%ish off the average price.
Tons of reasons why late April and even early May is a great time to be in Colorado. The top two for me are: 1. The weather is gorgeous around town in Denver and 2. The weather is gorgeous in the mountains.
Ski and Snowboard
If you bump your dates further toward the beginning of April for a few bucks more you can hit a lot of the closing day parties for the major resorts. For a decent look at projected closing dates have a look at OnTheSnow or SnowPak's closing date reports.
Plenty of places to get out and play in the spring sun.
Some of the major dates for reference:
- Breckenridge -> April 24, 2016
- Copper Mountain -> April 18, 2016
- Keystone -> April 10, 2016
- Loveland Ski Area -> May 3, 2016
- Vail -> April 10, 2016
- Winter Park Resort -> April 26, 2016
The main one to take note of (for flight deal purpose) is:
Arapahoe Basin June 1, 2016
To sweeten it further, A-Basin is offering 25% off tickets through Liftopia. They had me at Bacon Bloody Mary.
Plenty of time left in the season to save a few dollars if you want to go the A-Basin route, or cough up the extra $30ish and hit whatever you want more last minute. Here's a little taste of Colorado spring from years past:
As far as what you can expect for around town street temps, expect t-shirt and jeans to do you right (mid 60s). Bring some extra stuff it will still get cold at night.
Downhill / Longboard
A lot of the mid range altitudes start to open up but as mentioned above the mountains are still going to get snow all the way through May. My last time out I got slammed in a white out riding a pass round abouts May 25th.
Watch the weather, bring a few boards, and make some memories for less than the cost of your performance deck.