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Summit County welcomes slew of skiing events in March, April

Weekender staff report

With March and April traditionally being the snowiest months of the year, trade association Colorado Ski County USA's 22 member resorts are welcoming spring with a full calendar of promotions, deals and activities for the whole family.

Locally, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, Copper Mountain Resort and Loveland Ski Area all have upcoming events for guests. The state's four Vail Resorts-owned properties, including Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort in Summit, are not CSCUSA members, but they too have a slew of upcoming events.

For a full list of events and participating resorts, visit Colorado Ski Country USA's website at: ColoradoSki.com.

70 years on A-Basin

Arapahoe Basin, celebrating its 70th anniversary, presents its ninth-annual Save Our Snow celebration on Saturday, March 25.

There, guests will receive an education in the base area on how to save Colorado's powder with sustainability partners. The day also includes ski and snowboard demos from local companies Icelantic Skis, Grass Sticks and more with $10 donation. Giveaways and a drawing for prizes from Arapahoe Basin and partner organizations also takes place during this event to benefit the High County Conservation Center.

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The free Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Shakin' at the Basin spring concert series also begins April 29. For a full list of performers, check out ArapahoeBasin.com.

March in Breckenridge

With lodging deals up to 30 percent off through March 11, Breckenridge features a number of spectator and participatory events beginning this week and continuing throughout March.

For the competitors, the USASA Halfpipe and Slopestyle Competition is Saturday and Sunday. It's an open event to skiers and snowboarders of all ages on backdrop of the resort's 22-foot Superpipe.

Then on March 11, Breckenridge again raises the bar with the continent's longest ski mountaineering race, starring 80 two-person teams attempting to skin, climb, ski and traverse Peaks 10 through 7, including two sides of Peak 8. That leads into the weekend of March 18-19, when some of the best big-mountain daredevils draw steep lines through tight chutes and execute big drops, as they take on Breck's newest terrain, The Sixth Senses.

With daily aprés, Breck Pride welcomes everyone March 22-26 with live music, a comedy night with Sandra Bernhard (tickets at BreckCreate.org) and a costumed Color Run as just a couple of its highlights. It's for everyone, organizers say, including LGBT and straight, skiers and snowboarders, newbies and experts, alike.

For more info on these events and more, go to BreckPride.com, BreckCreate.org or Breckenridge.com.

Kidtopia at Keystone

It's the return of the Kidtopia Experience at Keystone going from Sunday to March 11. In its second rendition, it might just be the ultimate setting for a family-style spring break in the mountains.

It's no secret Keystone tries to corner family ski trips with family programing and its kid-friendly ski school. Kidtopia ramps up the children's fun this week, offering daily events and activities — on and off the snow — such as the village parade and fireworks, snowman building, bigfoot adventure walks, ice cream parties with the resort's mascot and more.

Many of the Kidtopia-related events come with a musical twist and it all leads up to two special celebrations — the Wacky Tacky Bounce Party on March 10 and the Snow Pants Dance Party on March 11, with musical performances by Koo Koo Kanga Roo and Pop ROCKS. For more, visit KeystoneResort.com.

Long live the Snowcat

At Loveland Ski Area, the snowcat is up and running. As such, skiers can enjoy free snowcat skiing along the Continental Divide and explore some of the mountain's most exhilarating terrain. The snowcat offers breath-taking 360 degree views along the North side of The Ridge and seats up to 18 passengers.

With it, riders can access places lifts can't take them, such as Field of Dreams, Velvet Hammer, Tickler, 13,010 and Marmot, conditions permitting. Skiers and riders are required to have a valid season pass or lift ticket in addition to a Ridge Cat Pass, which can be picked up for free at the Basin Ticket Office. Slots are first-come, first-serve. The snowcat runs 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Operations are subject to change or closure.

Skiers should be aware the Ridge Cat accesses some difficult and extreme terrain with the sole exception being the route taken by the snowcat. Riders may ski or ride back down the snow cat road.

For more information, visit: SkiLoveland.com/the-mountain/the-ridge-cat.

What's cookin' on Copper

While more than $60,00 in cash is up for grabs Saturday in the Vans Mountain Hi-Standard Series at Copper Mountain, perhaps the coolest bit on Copper this March happens Sunday, when it becomes the site for the Colorado Special Olympics Winter Games. The resort is encouraging people to come out and support the athletes as they compete in event ranging from alpine and cross-country skiing to snowshoeing and snowboarding. It's scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there will be some terrain closures.

Then March 11 at Copper comes with a Moonlight Dinner option, in which guests will take the American Eagle chairlift to Solitude Station for a fine dining experience. For more info, visit CopperColorado.com.

Something else to mark on the calendar, Copper Mountain will once again offer the world's largest Easter egg hunt, this year on Sunday, April 16. With more than 65,000 eggs spread over 2,500 acres, there's a chance for everyone to participate, from hunts for children 3 and under in Center Village, to an on-mountain hunt for the kid at heart.

Visit CopperColorado.com for more information.