Snow lovers get an extra weekend on slopes
Ryan Summerlin April 21, 2013
Summit County’s new snow was a welcome sight for the snow enthusiasts, who switched up their weekend plans to take advantage of the extended season at Copper Mountain, Breckenridge and Vail ski resorts that started on Friday and continues through 4 p.m. today.
Skiers and boarders came from all over the state – and country – to pack in as much winter recreation as they could. For many, the extended ski weekend served as an excuse to forget about their responsibilities for the day and have some fun instead.
Max and Jane Grady came all the way from Iowa to ski at Copper Mountain Resort. They said they made the trip especially for the spectacular spring snow conditions in Summit County.
Aaron Seeman traveled from Centennial when he heard that Copper was going to be open this weekend. He said if he weren’t at the ski area, he would have been working on his house.
“I had one day left on my four-pack pass and decided to use it – so it worked out well,” he said. “The conditions are fantastic for April 20.”
John Edmonds and his 9-year-old daughter Sidney came out from Denver on Saturday to ski.
“We weren’t going to be in the area but then we found out Copper was going to open up,” Edmonds said. “So we came up yesterday because the kids had the day off from school.”
The Edmonds family had such a good time on Friday they decided to stick around an extra day.
“It’s fun. There’s a ton of snow,” Edmonds said. “It’s powder and it’s not too cold.”
Guests have given employees positive feedback for their decision to re-open for the weekend.
“We have had a really great response with people coming out to take advantage of the snow,” said Stephanie Sweeney, public relations coordinator at Copper Mountain Resort on Saturday morning. “And it just keeps coming down. It’s exciting.”
Employees played a big role in the resort’s ability to reopen for the weekend.
“Some staff decided to stay on because the conditions are great and everyone’s really enjoying it,” Sweeney said. “We really appreciate all of our employees sticking around another weekend to help us out and get the mountain open.”
Plus, she said, the staff can take advantage of the opportunity sneak up the mountain in between shifts.
Breckenridge opened up about half of its acreage with the Peak 8 package this weekend, said public relations manager Kristen Petitt Stewart.
“We’ve been really pleased with the response and watching the reaction of guests as they get enjoy a couple more powder days before the end of the season,” she said.