The advantages of spring skiing often outweigh the disadvantage of damp corduroy. The arrival of the sun means you can ski in your shirtsleeves and the arrival of festival season means you can ski in your shirtsleeves to a slopeside party. If the winter is about getting radical, spring is about having a good time in ski towns full of lift operators looking to let off some steam. Here's where you should head this season if you want a great last run.
Stevens Pass, Washington
With an average of 166 inches of snow in March and April alone, Stevens Pass is Seattle's favorite place to shred in spring. Ten lifts cover 1,125 acres of terrain and 37 runs at the funky 77-year-old resort, known for its steep lines and excellent tree skiing. The mountain underwent a $1 million upgrade in 2012, including new grooming equipment and hundreds of acres of freshly thinned glades. The chutes under the 7th Heaven lift, which accesses 5,845-foot Cowboy Mountain, are so steep you can barely see your next turn, while Big Chief Mountain is the place to weave through tall evergreens. Stay: Camp like a local in the RV lot. Or hit the Hotel Pension Anna in the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth.
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