April has arrived at that means it is time to break out the sunscreen and coolers for fun days in the sun at your favorite mountain resort. SnoCountry took at look at some of the happenin’ events around the country this April.
The legendary spring rite of passage, the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge and on-snow party returns to Killington Saturday, April 6 as amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a head-to-head competition for the Mogul Challenge cup.
In collaboration with live music venue Belly Up Aspen, The Après is a new three-day music and mountain festival that will be held on the snow at the base of Buttermilk. During Buttermilk's closing weekend, the festival will kick off with Umphrey’s McGee on Friday, April 5, followed by back-to-back nights of jamming with The String Cheese Incident. The Après will also include performances from Moon Taxi, The Main Squeeze, Southern Avenue, and ALO. Take to the slopes Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 and catch Après on the mountain with sets by Chain Station, Jon Cumming and Bunch of Strangers, Meadow Mountain, and The Sweet Lillies. Après on the mountain will take place at Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk from 12 - 2 PM, before the festival kicks off at Buttermilk.
Join Tremblant Saturday, April 13, to celebrate the end of an exceptional season at our Party at the summit! From noon to 4 p.m., take in the festivities with various renowned Quebec DJs and a delicious BBQ! Don’t miss dance performances from Team White, winners of the famous Revolution TV show. Gondola access: $10 for adults (13+), $5 for kids (3-12).
With the 20th Annual North American Wife Carrying Championship on the horizon in October, Sunday River is set to host the World Snowshoe Wife Carrying Championship April 20 at the resort’s Barker Mountain Base Area. This new take on wife carrying—a sport born in Finland that dates back centuries—was created in 2011 by Scott Berk and Erik Person of Norway, Maine. The event tasks teams of two with completing a 278-yard obstacle course for the fastest time, while racing against another pair. The catch is that one team member will be carried by the other while running through a slalom course, over a tall snow hill, and then through a mogul field. The fastest two teams will advance onto the final heat.
On Copper Mountain’s closing day, April 21, the Retro Shred-a-Thon will return with retro gear to raise funds for injured mountain action sports athletes. Guests are encouraged to reach out for pledges and donations to the High Fives Foundation and wear throwback gear including one-piece snow suits, shaped snowboards, long poles and straight skis.