Seven things we love about Spring in Summit County
Summit County locals love to celebrate the end of the ski season at Sunsation, Copper’s annual end-of-season bash. There’s nothing better than soaking up spring’s sunshine on Copper’s terrain before dancing to free, live music from some awesome national performers. Past Sunsation performances include Michael Franti & Spearhead, Galactic, Dark Star Orchestra, Keller Williams, De La Soul, John Popper Project, North Mississippi Allstars, Kari Denson’s Tiny Universe, Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot and Rusted Root. The celebration takes place the last few weekends in April.Visit http://www.coppercolorado.com/sunsation/ home for updates on dates, performances and events line up.
Breckenridge’s annual Spring Massive festival is always, well, massive. The festival takes place during the first few weeks of April and features numerous events: contests, kids’ activities, concerts, exhibitions, food and plenty of beer. If you’re feeling adventurous, compete in the Massive Open Competition Weekend or 14th Annual Imperial Challenge mountain bike race before grabbing a fancy dinner at one of theBite of Breckenridge’s participating restaurants. Bring the kids to the Easter party weekend for an Easter egg hunt (there’s one for adults and kids). Or sample – if you can – more than 20 beers at the Massive Beer Festival. Spring Massive takes place April 1-18.Information about dates, contest registrations and event lineups can be found at http://www.breckenridge.com/events/spring-massive.aspx.
Who needs sand when you’ve got snow? At Arapahoe Basin, or A-Basin, the infamous “beach” scene is the place to unwind. Birthday celebrations, events, employee parties and crazy costumes take over to tailgate at A-Basin’s Early Riser parking lot – aka the beach – every day of the week. Due to its popularity, the beach fills up fast, especially on the weekends. You can wake up super early and get there before 7 or 8 a.m. to secure a spot, or you can make reservations at http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/contact/default.aspx. From Feb. 19 through the end of March, spots cost $100 Monday through Thursday, $150 on Fridays and $175 on Saturdays and Sundays. In April, spots run $150 Monday through Friday and $175 on the weekends. Other springtime events include the Tenth Annual Festival of the Brewpubs on Memorial Day Weekend, the Eighth Annual Huck, Rock and Roll Terrain Park Competition, and the May Concert Series, every Saturday afternoon in May, featuring The Hazel Miller Band and Coral Creek. A full event calendar can be viewed at http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/mountain/calendar.aspx
At an elevation of 9,600 feet, the sun is always shining. But come springtime – when the weather starts to warm up and the resorts are still open – plenty of people opt to soak up the sun on the slopes. T-shirts, open jackets and faces pink from the sun’s rays can be spottedflying by at every Summit County resort. Of course, always make sure to wear sunscreen at this elevation. The sun is 40 percent stronger in the mountains than at sea level, and you want to avoid the dreaded goggle tan. While most resorts close in April, there’s no need to mournthe end of the ski season here in Summit County. A-Basin is open at least a month after the other resorts close, allowing skiers and boarders even more time to deepen their farmer’s tan. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: It doesn’t feel great to fall bare-armed in snow, and if you plan on wearing shorts, also plan on ending up with wet socks. Information about A-Basin’s season can be found at http://www.arapahoebasin.com/ABasin/Default.aspx
For many locals, one of the best reasons to be in Summit County during the springtime is the deals. The tourist season slows down, so most businesses run specials to attract customers. And, let’s face it: Who doesn’t love a good deal? Restaurants generally run twofor- one entree specials, and local shops try their darnedest to get rid of winter gear. Restaurants usually start running specials in May, during the locals’ offseason. Dan Lee, an employee at Christy Sports in Breckenridge, said all of the Christy locations in Summit County – Breckenridge, Frisco, Dillon, Copper and Keystone – usually run ski sales around Spring Break.
Sometimes people forget that Summit County isn’t just about winter sports. There are plenty of locals waiting in anticipation for the snow to melt and the trails to dry out so biking season can begin. John Shand, owner of Avalanche Sports in Breckenridge, said the best wayto get your bike ready for the season is simple: Keep it clean. He recommends bringing it to a shop for a full tune up to make sure the tire pressure is right, and that the right lube – a dry lube – is used to get your bike ready for the trails. “It’s the best way to get started so you’llhave a safe bike,” Shand said.
While the diehards might be fishing all throughout the winter, other people wait for warmer weather before dusting off their fishing poles. Zeke Hersh, owner of Blue River Anglers in Frisco, recommends anglers look for warm days in early spring so they’re “not rusty” when the season really starts in mid-spring. The Meadow Creek Pond – behind Walmart in Frisco – and North Creek Pond in Silverthorne are bothpopular, well-stocked areas to fish. Dillon Reservoir is perfect for those looking to head out on a boat. Full-service marinas in both Dillon and Frisco rent boats and offer ramps to access the Dillon Reservoir.
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