Summer? Not so fast

Photo Essay: Ski Bums, Party On: End-of-Season Ski Shindigs

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Shot on location at Snowbird.

Ski bums spend the entire season sneaking cheap beer onto lifts and ducking under “Area Closed” signs to poach fresh powder. You can bet that after a few months on the run from ski patrol, when all the rules are thrown out for one weekend, they’ll throw a world class party. If your idea of fun is seeing guys throwing down tricks while skiing and boarding in togas and Speedos — and plenty of ladies hitting the slopes in bikinis — it may be time to ditch the golf course or tennis court and head for the mountains one last time. Here are a few of the best end-of-season parties you should check out; don’t forget your gear, you party animal.

World Ski and Snowboard Festival

This late-spring party in Whistler, BC, lasts for nine days in April — days marked by pro and amateur competitions, nightly concerts and huge industry shows. It’s in the Great White North, so don’t expect to be skiing in your summer swim attire.

Snowbird Closing Weekend

If you’re more inclined to work on your tan than hit the slush snow, then Snowbird’s closing weekend has what you’re looking for. Live music, a beer garden at the main lodge, and temperatures that can stay close to the 80s keep this party party going until the lifts finally shut down.

Kirkwood Banked Slalom

Desperate to get that last race of the season in? The legendary Kirkwood Banked Slalom is your ticket to crash to gates, drink some good beer and enjoy the snow at Lake Tahoe. The course winds down through a gully and obstacles include gates, trees, terrain and other racers.