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2015 Spring Skiing Festivals.

Skiing and partying are often synonymous. That goes double during spring. Here are a few of the best springtime festivals from coast to coast.

March 11-April 19: Breckenridge, CO
Spring Fever
Breckenridge Ski Resorts annual month-long festival returns to end ski season with a bang, and features a series of events, including a series of concerts with bands such as Third Eye Blind, the pseudo-triathlon Imperial Challenge and Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown, the GoPro Big Mountain Challenge, and the Closing Day Luau.

March 19-21 and March 26-28: Aspen, Colorado
Bud Light Spring Jam
The 10th annual Bud Light Spring Jam continues like never before with two weekends of new-school competitions, downtown concerts and parties. Visitors will enjoy big air competitions, springtime conditions, live music from artists such as Vampire Weekend, the Greyboy Allstars and more.

March 27-28: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole Rendezvous Festival
The 5th annual Jackson Hole Mountain Festival weekend kicks off on March 27 with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals headlining a free concert. Then, on March 28, visitors will enjoy the Marmot Coombs Classic and after party.

March 28: Stratton, Vermont
Marchdi Gras
Stratton celebrates Marchdi Gras and the annual Village (Southern-Style) Block Party. Enjoy live music, food and drink vendors, the Famous Ice Bar, fun/free activities for the kids like face painting, caricaturist drawings, acrobatics, stilt walking and more.

April 3-5: Sunday River, Maine
Parrothead Festival Presented by Bud Light Lime
Celebrate another great season with live music, a margarita mix-off, cover bands, and a key lime pie-eating contest. To take full advantage of all of the skiing, sun, and parties at Parrothead Festival, you’ll want to spend the full weekend here.

April 4: Loon Mountain, NH
’80s Day
Break out the straight skis and neon fanny packs for this day-long celebration of big hair and bold fashion choices. When you’re done hot doggin’ for the day, walk like an Egyptian to the Bunyan Room, where an ’80s cover band will help you relive the best decade of the last millennium.

April 9-12: Sugarloaf, Maine
27th annual Reggae Fest
The annual Bud Light Reggae Fest at Sugarloaf is traditionally the biggest springtime party in Northeast ski country. Last year the “Loaf” celebrated Reggae Fest’s 26th edition with an incredible lineup, record-breaking crowds, awesome spring skiing weather and California reggae artist, Iration. Expect an even bigger party this year.

April 12-18: Vail, Colorado
Spring Back to Vail
Vail’s huge end-of-the-season bash features on-snow events, street parties, the World Pond Skimming Championships and free concerts from artists including Guster, Wyclef Jean and the Robert Earl Keen Band.

April 16-25: Whistler, British Columbia
TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival
This is Whistler’s defining celebration, a 10-day (and night) showcase of the latest progressions in the skiing and snowboarding world, where even the art events are packed full of adrenaline. Guests enjoy Canada’s largest free outdoor concert series with career-making showdowns of action sports and lifestyle fashion, photography and film, the best spring snow conditions and serious nightlife.

April 18: Jay Peak, Vermont
6th Annual Tailgate Party
Prizes and party. Judged categories include best presentation, best dish, best drink, and overall tailgate champions. Post Tailgate Party starts up at 4 p.m. with live music by Sweet Jayne.

Photo: A-Basin courtesy of Coloradoski.com

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