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April 22, 2014
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Breckenridge Ski Resort and Copper Mountain close this weekend

The snow may be melting fast, but those looking to bag more turns at local resorts still have a few options.

Breckenridge Ski Resort will close its season Sunday, April 27. Recent Olympians and members of the resort’s Epic Pro Team will showcase their talents in the mountain’s team Big Air Showcase exhibition Saturday, April 26, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Guests can watch from the Peak 8 base area or up on the hill as the pros launch off the slopestyle jump at the bottom of the resort’s Freeway Terrain Park.

Confirmed athletes include 2014 Sochi Olympians Bobby Brown, Keri Herman, Faye Gulini and Possum Torr, as well as pro team members Eric Willett, Zach Black and Brett Esser.

Willett recently returned to snow after cracking a vertebra during the Olympic qualifier at Copper Mountain Resort earlier this season. Athletes will be on hand afterward for photos and an autograph signing.

Festivities continue Sunday with a closing-day luau and pig roast at the base of Peak 8 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Breckenridge will be open all week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but under limited operations. Peaks 9 and 10 closed April 20. Vail Resorts season passes are still valid, and the resort will offer discounted lift tickets for $66.

This season was one of the longest in Breckenridge’s 52-year history, according to resort spokeswoman Kristen Petitt Stewart. The resort extended its season by a few days last year and in 2012, which was the resort’s first season extension since it merged with Vail Resorts in 1996. This year might be the longest season in about 20 years, she said.

Copper Mountain closed Sunday, April 20, but will reopen for its last weekend Friday, April 25.

Friday through Sunday, Copper will operate the American Flyer, Sierra, Celebrity Ridge and Timberline lifts from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All skier services, including restaurants, rentals and shops, will be limited to Center Village.

Parking will be free, and all Copper Mountain season pass products and coupons will be valid. Skiers with season passes to other ski areas will receive discounted lift tickets for $59 each.

Keystone Resort, Vail Mountain and Beaver Creek closed Sunday, April 20.

Arapahoe Basin Ski Area will close June 1, depending on conditions. Last year, the resort closed on June 2, then reopened June 7, 8 and 9. If the resort decides to extend its season this year, spokeswoman Adrienne Saia Isaac said, that decision wouldn’t be announced until late May.

Loveland Ski Area’s closing day is set for Sunday, May 4.

This season was one of the longest
in Breckenridge’s 52-year history.


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