Breckenridge, Copper and Keystone head into final week celebrations
Ryan Summerlin April 20, 2014
Spring might be in the air, but with all the extra snow this year it’s going to mean ski season is sticking around just a little bit longer. Breckenridge Ski Resort announced in March it would extend its season for an additional week and will close Sunday, April 27. Copper Mountain Resort also extended its season. The resort will be closed this coming week but will reopen Friday, April 25, then close for the season on Sunday, April 27. Keystone Resort will close this Sunday, April 20.
“It’s kind of like having two closing weekends,” Breckenridge resort spokeswoman Kristen Petitt Stewart said Thursday. The resort will kick off its final 10 days of the season in style Friday with the final scheduled offering of the “5 ’til 5” extended terrain park hours. Chair 5, which accesses the resort’s terrain park, will continue to run until 5 p.m., giving park rats of all ages and abilities an extra hour to play. As part of the event, the resort will also host a party in the park with hotdogs and rail jam competitions.
“Everybody from town is out there,” Team Breck freeride program coach Chris Hawkes said. “It’s like a beach party in the park.”
He said last week slopestyle Olympians Bobby Brown of Breckenridge, Great Britain’s James “Woodsy” Woods — who also calls Breckenridge home — and slopestyle bronze medalist Nick Goepper all made appearances while in town working on a project.
“Everyone’s just hanging out having a good time,” Hawkes said. “The kids are super stoked on it. Even ones that don’t get out of school till 3 o’clock were out.”
“5 ’til 5” festivities get rolling at 2 p.m.
“This is the time of year when Breckenridge is at its best,” Petitt Stewart said. “It’s a great event to show off our terrain park and give our guests something a little extra.”
Spring celebrations continue through the weekend with the resort’s Spring Fever concert series. Yonder Mountain String Band will take the stage Saturday, followed by Blues Traveler Sunday, April 20, in the Peak 8 base area.
Peaks 9 and 10 will be closed for the season starting Monday. Peaks 6-8 will be open through the week.
Next weekend the resort will also host members of its Epic Pro Team for a big air competition. Olympians Bobby Brown, Keri Herman, Fay Gulini and Possum Torr are scheduled to attend along with Breckenridge local Eric Willet — returning after breaking his back during Olympic qualifiers — and others.
Keystone Resort will close for the season as scheduled Sunday, April 20. Officials from the resort said this will go down as its longest season in 12 years. The resort will host its annual Slush Cup pond-skimming competition Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Copper will close during the week but reopen for a final weekend April 25-27. Its spring Sunsation festival will continue Saturday with performances by That 80’s Band and Funky Johnson. Saturday festivities will also include the Color Run 5K in which participants will run along an on-snow course in the resort. Runners are encouraged to wear white and will be hit with paint along various parts of the course, with the end goal being to cross the finish line with the most color.
During Copper’s final weekend it will give guests with season passes from other ski areas a reduced ticket price to ski for the day.
Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas
Both A-Basin and Loveland will continue operations into May. A-Basin has not yet announced a closing date. Lovleand plans to close May 4.
All area resorts and ski areas have plans for Easter egg hunts on Sunday. See page A16 in today’s paper for details.
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