College students' spring breaks come at varied times this month and produce varied results – dragging bags of dirty laundry home to mom, enjoying home-cooked meals, sleeping in your own bed, heading to the beach, to the best of all: adventures on spring snow.
Beer may or may not play a part. At Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, Mich., beer is definitely on the schedule.
Students will celebrate suds, snow and early spring fun with the 4th Annual Brew-Ski at Boyne Highlands Resort, Sat., March 9. Brew-Ski Festival features craft beer sampling, live music, brats on the grill, and early spring skiing and snowboarding.
The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is staged outdoors at the base of slopes where beer lovers can gather to sample from choice of 150 micro-beers, all prominently displayed on snow bars that encase the festival area. Sampling tickets can be purchased for the four-ounce beer tastings, as well as for food and merchandise.
A two-night Brew-Ski Festival event package lodging at Boyne Highlands Resort, a Friday night hors d’oeuvres reception, breakfast daily, lift tickets Saturday (9 a.m.–9 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.), a t-shirt, commemorative pint glass and five drink tickets. The package starts at $239 per person. Call 800.GO.BOYNE (462.6963) or go online for reservations.
Taos, in Northern New Mexico, is holding a brew masters festival Sat., March 9, tons of live music all week and more. Taos still has college passes available for students looking at coming for a week for $299. There are also numerous lodging specials.
The first-ever spring break college-fest at Snowshoe, W. Va., is March 8-10, which Dave Dekema told SnoCountry.com is “a four-day music and college party celebration destined to become an annual spring break tradition.”
Dubbed The Ballhooter, the event features free live music nightly on a festival stage in the Snowshoe Village, plus The Ballhooter Beach Party, live comedy shows, on-snow games, video contests, race and terrain park competitions, and a DJ Battle.
Music headliners for the three evening concert events include “trip hop” artist MiMOSA, plus indie up-and-comers Good Old War and The Dirty Guv’Nahs, and Boombox.
“For 361 days out of the year we pride ourselves on being the most family-focused mountain resort in the region,” Dekema said. “But for these four days we concede that college kids on campuses all around our region need a good and affordable sanity break, with the chance to dance and yell and raise a little heck. For these kids we offer The Ballhooter. Enjoy.”
Snowshoe is offering a college spring break VIP package priced from $349 per person, including three nights of lodging, a three-day lift ticket, meals, entrance to ticketed and VIP Ballhooter events, plus competitions. Discounted lodging and lift tickets also may be booked separately in advance. Or, call 877-441-4386.
Hunter Mountain in New York’s Catskills boasts Spring Break on the Slopes, from St. Patrick's Day, March 17, to the following Sunday, March 24. Show a valid college ID from any college or university, and get a $35 lift ticket to Hunter. That's up to $35 off the regular rate.
North Lake Tahoe
Resorts around the north shore of Lake Tahoe, Calif., have a number of special events and activities that will appeal to collegians taking a break in March and April.
For instance, there is Open Mic Night at Fat Cat Bar & Grill, Tahoe City, Ca., at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, Bring your gear and friends, and jam with Open Mic host Lucas Arizu. At 5 p.m, enjoy Meet the Winemaker at Uncorked, Squaw Valley , when you can talk to the winemaker who made that very glass of wine you are tasting.
There’s music every night of the week, climaxing Friday at 9 p.m. with the Steve Kimock Band at Crystal Bay Casino; 8-11 p.m. live music with Steve @ Tom at Gar Woods, Carnelian Bay; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; the Full Moon Rising Party at West Shore Cafe & Inn, 4-11 p.m.; and at the same place, 5-10 p.m., Celebrate America’s stealthy eschew of Prohibition. There’s much more, too.
If you want to see some of America's top prospects for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games during your spring break head to Squaw Valley, who is hosting the 2013 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships, March 20-24.
South To Big Bear
Also in Southern California, and specifically for college students on spring break, Big Bear Lake Resort Association Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia told SnoCountry.com: “Big Bear makes spring break simple with a math equation any student can calculate and score an A+. This spring students catch a break with discounted, all-day lift tickets good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain bundled together with discounted accommodations at a participating Big Bear lodge. Rates start as low as $69 per person, per night based on double occupancy.” To book spring break reservations call 800-424-4232.
SnoCountry Vacations’ Deal of the Week offers weekly specials on lift and lodging deals to more than 35 winter destination across the U.S. and Canada. Complete vacations are available including airfare, lodging, rental car, lift tickets, equipment rentals, lessons, and excursions.
Photos: Boyne Highlands Resort; Snowshoe Resort