Fun finales for Summit County ski season
Special to the Weekender
Summit County Ski Resort Closing Dates for 2016
Keystone Ski Resort — Sunday, April 10
Copper Mountain — Sunday, April 17 (bonus weekend April 22-24)
Breckenridge Ski Resort — Sunday, April 24
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area — Early June
Breckenridge hosts Spring Fever through Sunday, April 24, offering free concerts from headliners like Michael Franti and Spearhead (Saturday, April 9), Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real (Saturday, April 16) and Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (Sunday, April 17). All concerts are free and held at One Ski Hill Place at the base of Peak 8, with music and giveaways beginning at 2 p.m. on each concert date.
The month-long festival includes competitions like Mtn. Dew Spring Open slopestyle competition on Saturday, April 2 and Park Jams from noon to 3 p.m. on these Fridays in April: the 1st, the 8th and the 15th.
The Breck Chili Cook Off is on Sunday, April 3, held at Sevens Restaurant (base of Peak 7) from noon to 3 p.m. The 10th annual Breckenridge Spring Fever Beer Festival is on Saturday, April 9 and brings over 35 breweries in for the tasting event.
From Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17, ask for the “Fever Reliever” discount at Downtown Breckenridge stores with the Spring Fever logo in their window.
For their closing day celebration, Breckenridge Ski Resort has a BBQ party at the Ski Hill Grill (base of Peak 8) with BBQ food, drink specials, a mechanical bull and music on the patio.
For full event details on Spring
Keystone Resort’s annual closing day Slush Cup will be on Sunday, April 10. The family-friendly event has pond-skimming competitions for both kids and adults, and even the Kidtopia Slush Cup that offers a separate, smaller pond for kids ages 6 to 13.
The Slush Cup begins at 11 a.m. in the Mountain Base area and will feature live music from The Beloved Invaders, an instrumental surf band. Prizes will be awarded to top skimmers in the Slush Cup and Kidtopia Slush Cup for Best Overall and Best Costume. Day-of registration will take place from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Mountain House base area lodge, but early registration is encouraged to guarantee a spot in the event.
For more details and to register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-keystone-slush-cup-tickets-22982759051.
The United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association’s National
Championships are coming back to Copper for the 10th year, through Sunday, April 10. The event welcomes more than 1,900 top amateur athletes to compete in events including slalom, giant slalom, banked slalom, halfpipe, rail jam, slopestyle, and boarder and skier cross. For a detailed schedule, visit http://www.coppercolorado.com.
Copper’s annual closing weekend celebration is called Sunsation, and it’s back Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 17. Check out the Red Bull Slopesoakers on Saturday, April 16. It’s a twist on traditional pond skimming, with floating rails and other features. On Sunday, April 17, the Eenie Weenie Bikini Contest is a Copper tradition. For more information, visit http://www.coppercolorado.com.
A-Basin’s free Shakin’ at the Basin Spring Concert Series runs on Saturdays, April 10 through June 3. Check out the full lineup at http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/mountain/calendar.aspx.
On Wednesday, April 13, A-Basin has their biggest fundraiser of the season: The 27th annual Enduro and Apres Party has 35 teams of two lap the Palivacinni lift from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. (10 hours).
“When you’re finished, join us in the A-Frame for our apres party, featuring an Italian dinner, live music from High Five and a huge silent auction,” said Adrienne Saia Isaac, marketing and communications manager for Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.
The event benefits a member of the Summit County community.
“This season, the event benefits Dave Repsher, the Flight For Life nurse and Copper Mountain ski patrol paramedic who was injured in the July 2015 helicopter crash in Frisco,” Isaac said.
For Earth Day, Friday, April 22, guest speakers will present the film “Shifting Ice and Changing Tides,” at 6 p.m. for A-Basin’s Earth Day Dinner and a Movie event.
On Sunday, May 29, A-Basin hosts the 15th annual Festival of the Brewpubs, with over a dozen breweries at the ski area to share beer samplings.
A $30 tickets gets you a commemorative mug and beer sampling from 12 to 4 p.m. VIP tickets are also available.
Visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com for more information on upcoming A-Basin events.
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