Five Tips for Finding a Perfect Spring Break Ski Resort

So you’ve decided that your family needs a perfect spring break ski trip? Looking for sunny slopes and snow-capped mountains? Late winter and spring skiing usually offer the best combination of comfortable ski weather and a reliable base of snow. However, since the wrong resort can ruin the trip, you’ll need to do a little last-minute research to ensure the location matches your family’s preferences.

Parents taking child out on skis outside Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Introduce your family to the joys of spring skiing with ease when you stay slopeside in Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo c. Beaver Run Resort.

We emphasize the last-minute part because with the volatile combination of spring skiing, young learners and so many family spring break options, you’ll want the latest forecast before you commit your hard-earned vacation dollars to a far-off destination.

The experts at have shared their tips for selecting the right mountain resort during spring break, Easter or before the last of the snow melts.

1. Make Sure Getting To a Spring Break Ski Resort is Easy

Many great destinations have a fatal flaw – it takes an eternity to get there. Trust us – nothing is worse for a family with three kids under 10 than spending all their time traveling. Stick with spring break resorts that have jet service nearby, or are within driving distance.

2. Make Sure You Like the Spring Break Ski Crowd

A ski resort takes on a personality of its own during spring break. You have your pure family resorts with lots of ski classes and tots. Then there’s the hardcore spring breakers — the college crowd which can be decidedly more aggressive (and up late partying). The hard core crowd looks for challenging skiing as the main event, period. Figure out which you want to go to and ask around, or check out resort reviews online.

3. Can You Sleep in their Lodging over Spring Break?

For most families, lodging options can make or break the trip. We suggest two strategies when finding the right lodging for a family spring break ski trip: 

  1. Get enough space so everyone can stretch out.
  2. Stay away from the college kids.

On the space front, having adequate bedding, being able to find a quiet spot, and ensuring you can cook meals will not only create comfort but can save money.

As for college kids — nothing against them, many of us were them once — but steer away from the places where you may have neighbors who party until 3am. Ensuring you’re not in a condo development that says it can sleep up to, say, 10 in a unit is one way of screening. Asking the lodging owner about how they handle noise complaints is another good due diligence step.

three kids with sleds in the snow on a spring break ski trip.
There’s so much you can do with soft spring snow to keep it fun!

4. Study Up for Ski School for the Perfect Spring Break Ski Trip!

The quality of a ski school is a big deal to families who hope to entertain their kids. Check to see about rates, instructor quality, and class sizes and duration. Many ski areas have ski schools that offer more than just lessons — they will occupy your child for the hours between when the lesson is done and you’re ready to stop skiing.

5. Plan for Spring Break Non-Ski Activities

Just because a family member doesn’t feel like skiing all day doesn’t make them the party pooper. Pick a location with shops, walking, a museum, or something other than skiing, and then embrace it. Skiing can be the focus of the vacation but doesn’t have to be the obsession.

Let us know where your clan settles and enjoy the powder!

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