Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend | SummitDaily.com

Editor’s picks: Summit County’s best bets for the weekend

Much like April Fools' Day, shown here, spring at A-Basin is a great time to get dressed in your '80s best.
Phil Lindeman / plindeman@summitdaily.com |

It’s springtime in the mountains, and, for many, the best time of the year to suit up in a bikini and head to The Beach. The sandy area at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area is the ideal spot to get a little much-needed sun on our pasty, pale bodies, lathering up with sunscreen a good 40 times before the day is out to make sure not to get a sweet goggle burn.

My first winter in Summit was the 2010-11 season, when we had so much snow that A-Basin stayed open until July 5. Clad in a cowboy hat and T-shirt with a tie printed on it, I experienced riding slush for my first time on Fourth of July weekend. It was so sunny, so warm — dare I admit that I even showed a little skin. It felt so taboo and so freeing all at the same time. I’m used to tank tops in the blazing hot Missouri summers, but with the wind whipping around you flying down the mountain, snow underfoot — it was quite another feeling.

I’ll never forget that first July weekend I rode A-Basin. It’s time to start making more spring memories — if only spring would ever get here.

A-Basin will kick off its more-than-a-decade tradition of spring concerts for Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series on Saturday with Coral Creek. The Americana new grass band will play from 1–4 p.m. at the base area, on A-Basin’s new stage. Check out page A14 for a full feature.


Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

The Historic Brown Hotel in Breckenridge is back in action as of April 15 and will bring the community live music on the weekends throughout mud season. Talk about a little local love — things were starting to get a little too quiet around here. This Friday will feature John Truscelli and the Stolen Band, and Saturday’s show will be the Beau Thomas Band. The music is from 9 p.m. to midnight.


Check out some live theater this weekend put on by talented local students. The Breckenridge Backstage Theatre’s four-week Student Theatrical Enrichment Program presents its second production, “The Little Mermaid Jr.” The musical opens April 29, with three performances through May 1. All tickets are $10, general admission. Advance tickets may be purchased online at backstagetheatre.org or by calling (970) 453-0199.

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