Pond skimming. Easter egg hunts. Crazy costume contests. Bands, BBQ and beer. And layers of sunscreen and lip balm.
That's springtime in the mountains at ski and snowboard resorts in the West. Many mark the end of the winter operations with celebrations and farewell parties. They take a month off before cranking up the scenic lift rides, ziplines, climbing walls, mountain biking and other summertime operations.
A handful of resorts will run into May – and a few beyond – but the memories of a great season will linger. Here's a few snapshots of what it's like when the sun gets higher in the sky and snow softens into butter.