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Next Thursday marks the spring equinox, officially bringing an end to winter. Does that mean your ski and snowboard season is over? Absolutely not! The days are longer, the crowds have reduced to a trickle and the winter storms have given way to sunshine and warm temperatures. If you haven’t taken a trip to the California High Sierra this year, now is the time! The Sierra Nevada are home to some of the best spring skiing on the planet and amazing outdoor events.

WinterWonderGrass & Alpine Meadows Music Series

WinterWonderGrass Tahoe
Winter Wondergrass Tahoe | Photo by Dylan Langille © WWG All Rights Reserved 2016

Spring ‘dual days” are king in North Lake Tahoe from spring skiing to outdoor festivals, the activities are endless. Enjoy bluegrass, brews and brisk mountain air? Then the WinterWonderGrass Festival from March 29th – 31st is right up your alley. Want to do some spring skiing AND hear a bit of music? The Spring Music Series returns this year with five music-filled weekends at Alpine Meadows running through May 25th. Talented musicians take center stage not only at Alpine Meadows, but all around North Lake Tahoe, to create a spring experience filled with great skiing and exceptional FREE live music.

Spring Loaded

Image appears courtesy: Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority

Spring means Sun, Snow & Good Times with Friends & Family in Tahoe South. For 2019, Spring Loaded is returning yet again to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Occurring from March 14th through April 7th, it features amazing lodging specials and one of a kind events like the Gunbarrel 25. Taking place on Heavenly’s legendary mogul run “The Face”, it’s set for March 30th. This long-time tradition challenges participants to lap the run 25 times in one day! More of an “après” person? No problem, there’s fun off the slopes too like the Spring Loaded 5K Run & Brewfest where you can enjoy libations from over 30 breweries. Be sure to see the full schedule for the entire list of events going down all over town.

Owens Lake Bird Festival & Mammoth Lakes Film Festival

Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Image appears courtesy: Visit Mammoth

Love nature? Join Friends of the Inyo and their partners over the weekend of April 26th for the annual Owens Lake Bird Festival in Lone Pine, CA. This festival celebrates migrating shorebirds as they move between hemispheres. More a film buff? The five-day Mammoth Lakes Film Festival showcases 50 films that will unlock your creative mind and get you thinking bigger than ever before.

Spring means your opportunities for a multi-sport day of adventure & fun in the California High Sierra are boundless. Start the day on the slopes followed by a warm bike ride & finish it off with any one of these amazing festivals. How’s that for well-rounded awesomeness?

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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