Keystone bids farewell to winter this weekend |

Keystone bids farewell to winter this weekend

Janice KurbjunSummit Daily News
Special to the Daily/Keystone ResortKeystone's Slush Cup, featuring a pond skimming competition, takes place Sunday on closing day.

Keystone Resort wraps up “a truly epic year” this weekend with music, games and more, spokesman Ryan Whaley said. And there’s still a 76-inch base. The resort saw a snowfall total of 342 inches this season, far above its 10-year average of 208 inches. The resort’s yearly average is 240 inches of snow. To bid farewell to a season that heralded not just “epic” snowfall but also the introduction of EpicMix, the resort has buy-one-get-one-free lift tickets for $97 through closing day.On Saturday, Robert Earl Keen plays a free concert at River Run with opener Marty Jones & The Great Unknowns. The free show begins at 4 p.m. Saturday evening, David Sanborn plays Warren Station at 7:30 p.m. (Tickets are $30.)On Sunday, check out Keystone’s first annual Slush Cup – an end-of-season pond skimming celebration – from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with prizes ranging from a 2011/2012 season pass and other Keystone swag. Irie Still concludes the Slush Cup with a free reggae concert. When Whaley considers EpicMix, Vail Resort’s new social media platform, he says the buzz is “unbelievable,” as he hears people all over the mountain talking about their vertical feet and days skied. “I think it really enhanced the guest experience,” he said. “Skiing is such a social sport anyway … People sit down at the bar and share stories. Now, you actually get to show people what you did.”Whaley plans to take a special trip to Beaver Creek this weekend to collect his last resort pin – and the Smorgasbord Pin, the one earned after hitting each of Vail Resort’s ski properties. He added that folks who enjoyed EpicMix this year should keep an eye out for announcements about improvements and enhancements – EpicMix 2.0. After Monday’s employee ski day, if the lifts are turning, it’s probably staff heading up to remove bamboo markers, take snow off the trails and check on mountain bike obstacles – sometimes even using hand shovels to do so, Whaley said.And all that snow means a lot of work for the patrollers and mountain staff that stick around to help get ready for mountain biking season, which should begin on Memorial Day weekend, at the end of May. But while there’s still movement on the mountain – including locals who opt to take advantage of the empty trails for skinning and skiing – much of Keystone the town shuts down. Some conference business remains, and Breckenridge guests may choose lodging in Keystone, but by and large, it’ll be quiet after Sunday.

See a full schedule of Keystone Resort’s weekend events at To register for the Slush Cup, visit Find lodging deals at Learn more about buy-one-get-one-free lift tickets by calling (800) 842-8062.

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