There are only a few days left to take your last mashed-potato spring snow turns of the season at Keystone Resort. The resort’s final day of operation for the season is Sunday, April 20, marking its longest season in 12 years.
Keystone was the beneficiary of more than 22 feet of snowfall this year on its 3,148 acres and was reporting a base depth of 75 inches as of Tuesday, April 14.
“The snow is absolutely incredible right now, owing to our 75-inch base that makes for great spring coverage,” said Tucker Vest Burton, Keystone resort communications representative. “Couple that with the 10 inches of fresh snow we received Sunday night, and you couldn’t ask for better spring skiing this year.”
Surfing the slush
Close out the season with Keystone’s fourth-annual Slush Cup and Easter Egg hunt, both taking place Sunday, April 20. The Slush Cup kicks off at 10:30 a.m., with skiers and riders making their way across a man-made pond in outrageous costumes. The resort will be awarding 2014-15 Summit Passes in the categories of Best Overall, Best Crash and Best Costume, in addition to crowd prizes and giveaways.
“Keystone’s Slush Cup is a pond skimming competition that features wild costumes, crazy pond skim maneuvers and, of course, some stellar water crashes,” Burton said. “It’s an all-around good time to round out the season in style. Participants really go all out with costumes and wear everything from Speedos to full gorilla costumes. That’s half the fun — seeing what participants dress up as.”
Fun for the kids
For the younger generation, an Easter Egg hunt will take place at 10 a.m. in the Mountain House Base Area, with the resort and base area stocked full of hundreds of Easter Eggs ready to be found.
The resort’s signature Kidtopia programming also will continue daily through Closing Day on Sunday, April 20, with fun, kid-friendly events including meet-and-greet with the avalanche dogs, DJ parties, Bigfoot Walks and, of course, daily cookie hour at 4 p.m. Plus, make sure to practice that “princess” wave; every Saturday through April 19, Keystone hosts the best parade in ski country, right through the heart of River Run Village.
“Kids can participate in the Kidtopia parade by hopping in the horse-drawn wagon, jumping in an inner tube on wheels or being the lucky chosen ones who get to ride in the float,” Burton said. “We offer loads of opportunities for kids to be a part of the fun. Plus, all children in the village get to watch the performance, as well as snag great swag from parade participants as the procession moves along.”
Support the food bank
Through Monday, May 26, the Keystone Spa will be running a canned food drive to support the Summit County food bank. The Spa will grant a 5 percent discount per one can donated all the way up to a total of 30 percent off spa services such as massages, body treatments and facials. For nails and waxing services, the Spa will give up to 15 percent off.
“Keystone’s spa decided to do a canned food drive to not only support the local Summit County food bank, but also to engage in our amazing community in a positive way,” Burton said. “This is the first year they are doing this.”
Visit www.keystoneresort.com for more information and closing week deals on lodging and dining.