Keystone closing declared ‘awesome’ |

Keystone closing declared ‘awesome’

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KEYSTONE – Keystone Ski Resort closed on a high note Sunday with a bluebird sky and toasty temperatures.

Though the village was sleepy after lunch, restaurant decks were filled with people soaking up the sun while sipping cold beverages.

“It’s slushy, a beautiful day,” said Ryan Murphy of Denver, who was skiing Keystone’s closing day with his wife Kristi. “People are skiing in T-shirts.”

Kristi noted “there’s not a lot of people up there, so it makes up for lack of snow.”

The Murphys said they were heading to Copper Sunsation after their ski day to check out the featured band Lotus, drink beer and sit in the sun.

Fort Collins resident Jennifer Bylund agreed with the Murphys that closing day was “awesome.”

“It’s a perfect way to end a season,” Bylund said, noting that she was spending a long weekend at Keystone with her husband and their two kids. She also noted her family skied all their days at Keystone this year.

Her son, Jonas, who played in the Snake River Bank kids area while Bylund supervised, said he “liked going down the steep hill” and he learned to ski all by himself.

“Makes momma happy,” Bylund said.

Keystone closed with a mid-mountain base of 44 inches, with almost seven new inches within the past week.

“I think it was a great season this year to see folks spending more time at the mountain after a tough season last year,” said Keystone’s spokesman Ryan Whaley. “It’s nice to end on a high note.”

Whaley also said Saturday’s Seven Mary Three concert at River Run Village was well attended.

Keystone will open for summer with a Memorial Day weekend kick-off event – Summer Remix. Whaley said May 29 will feature tubing, golf and down-hill mountain biking.

To see Keystone’s summer schedule, visit

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