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Bringing the beach to Araphahoe Basin

There will be more than skiers and snowboarders descending the mountain at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area today. About 70 giant red beach balls will be bouncing and caroming down the High Noon run this afternoon.

The colorful spectacle is part of a fundraiser for Keystone Science School's Campership fund. It is also a lottery-type raffle with a big payoff for the lucky winner.

The High Noon run will be closed off at about 3:45 p.m., and the balls will be released at 4 p.m. Each ball will have a number on it and will determine the lottery winner.

Tickets will be available for $5 in a tent village at the base of the mountain starting at 9 a.m.

“A lot of people buy several tickets to increase their odds,” said Deb Ware, the marketing and events coordinator at A-Basin.

The first-place winner will receive $1,500, the second-place prize is $750 and third place will receive a pair of handcrafted skis from Skilogik.

The mountain rock and blues of Steven Mack will be the entertainment in the base area at noon.

A lift ticket is not required to enter the raffle.

“Anybody can come up and enjoy the party in the Basin,” Ware said. “The spring vibe is definitely going on in the Basin right now.”

But, she said, those who do ski or board should get out and enjoy the mountain.

“The conditions are great and the forecast is calling for warm weather and sunny skies,” Ware said. “It's going to be a classic Arapahoe Basin spring day.”

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The Summit Daily Updated Apr 30, 2013 11:36AM Published May 3, 2013 09:59AM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.