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Last Wednesday marked 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.

Winter Wondergrass & Alpine Meadows Music Series

Winter Wondergrass – Photo cred: Ryan Salm Image appears courtesy: North Lake Tahoe

Spring is king in North Lake Tahoe and the outdoor festivities going down are endless. Enjoy bluegrass, brews and brisk mountain air? Then the Winter Wondergrass Festival from April 6th – 8th 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 April 22nd. Talented musicians take center stage on the deck for a spring filled with great skiing and exceptional FREE live music.

Gunbarrel 25 & B4BC

B4BC Boarding for Breast Cancer Shred the Love Sierra at Tahoe
Image appears courtesy: Sierra-at-Tahoe

Spring means Sun, Snow & Good Times with Friends & Family in Tahoe South. Love moguls and looking for a challenge? Check out the Gunbarrel 25 taking place on Heavenly’s famous mogul run The Face set for March 31st. This long-time tradition challenges participants to lap the run 25 times in one day! If you’re looking for a music festival with a cause, Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) at Sierra-at-Tahoe is a perfect match. For the FINAL stop of the 2017-2018 Shred the Love series, come out to Sierra-at-Tahoe on March 31st and join the movement to support B4BC’s outreach, education and survivorship programs.

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 28th 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 and 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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