Not everyone was excited to wake up to a new blanket of snow over Summit County on Wednesday. But for Arapahoe Basin, it was a welcome sight to usher in spring skiing and May’s Shakin’ at the Basin concert series.
The family-friendly series starts Saturday with a free show from rock jam band Crazy oTTo.
“Originally, we started off as mostly playing Grateful Dead tunes, but we’re doing more 50 percent that and 50 percent other stuff,” said Ed Holub, lead and rhythm guitar for Crazy oTTo. “It’s funny the way songs make it into the set list. We’ll be driving around listening to the radio and hear a song and say we should try this one.”
The band plays a mish-mash of music from Paul Simon and Jim Croce to INXS and the Allman Brothers, stuff that puts a smile on peoples faces, Holub said.
“I think come May, everyone that is up at the Basin is there to enjoy the great Colorado weather, catch some last runs before the area shuts down, hang out and hear some good music,” he said.
Adrienne Saia Isaac, marketing and communications manager for A-Basin, said the resort pulls from a few different genres when putting together the spring concert series.
“Local is good and bands with a large following and bands with a reputation of having fun,” she said. “It’s a word of mouth, grassroots kind of thing, but people who want to have some fun on the stage.”
Come May, A-Basin is one of only a few ski areas still open, the only one in Summit County, so Shakin’ at the Basin was created to continue to give visitors the full spring skiing and riding experience, Saia Isaac said.
“If the skiing’s not enough, it gives you another reason to come up and play in the mountains while it’s so beautiful,” she said.
Huck and roll
In addition to Saturday’s music, A-Basin will be hosting its spring amateur rail jam, the Huck, Rock and Roll Terrain Park Competition.
“This is something we’ve done for 10 seasons,” Saia Isaac said. “Everyone else is closed, we’re still open; why not still keep that out?”
The competition takes place in the Treeline Terrain Park and is open to the first 50 shredders who sign up. The cost is $20 to enter, plus a valid lift pass, and each competitor gets a locally made Phunkshun Wear neck gaiter. Registration starts at 8 a.m., practice at 9 and the comp at 11; helmets are required.
Ages 12 and older can compete for prizes ranging from sponsor swag to gear in ski and snowboard and age group divisions. Visit www.arapahoebasin.com for more information.
Quatro de Mayo
When the music starts, head to the High Noon Grill outside the A-Frame for A-Basin’s Quatro de Mayo party. The grill will be serving up a la carte street tacos and specials on New Belgium beers, so load up on some carbs and squeeze in a few more runs before the day, and the season, is over.
“We have all this awesome terrain open; we’re hoping to keep East Wall going a little longer,” Saia Isaac said. “These are the quintessential spring days up here. Loveland’s closing this weekend, and while they’re closing, we’re kicking off our spring in a big way.”
Shakin’ at the Basin schedule
All shows are free and start at 1 p.m.
> Saturday: Crazy oTTo
> May 11: High Five
> May 18: Six Million Dollar Band
> May 25: The Luv Brothers
> May 26: Hardscrabble