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Ski season officially ends Sunday

KIM MARQUIS

ARAPAHOE BASIN – Lift-served skiing will end Sunday when Arapahoe Basin Ski Area closes for the season.A-Basin traditionally stays open the longest in Summit County. It will close on its planned last day, June 5.Keystone Resort closed for the season April 10, and Copper Mountain Resort and Breckenridge Ski Resort closed on April 17. Local resorts received average snowfall this season, but reported an uptick in the number of skier visitors compared to recent years that posted lower numbers due to a slow national economy and a long-standing drought that affected snowfall.Preliminary counts by the National Ski Areas Association indicate a 2.4 percent increase in skier visits in the Rocky Mountain region this season. Summit County resorts have not posted the season’s skier numbers, but Intrawest in a quarterly earnings report this month reported a 3 percent increase in visitors at its Western resorts, which includes Copper Mountain.Vail Resorts is expected to report a strong third quarter after a healthy ski season. The company owns Breckenridge and Keystone resorts in Summit County.A-Basin is also expected to post strong skier numbers. It saw some of the busiest weekends this month as snow conditions remained good and Front Range skiers flocked to the High Country.A-Basin offers top-to-bottom skiing this week in intermediate terrain. The Mutha’ Hucker terrain park is open with jumps, hits and rails.Closing day will bring live entertainment at the base area with Little Hercules from 1-4 p.m. and a barbecue, weather permitting.The ski area offers free parking, ski, board and clothing rentals, a retail shop, cafeteria and beverages at the 6th Alley bar. Ski school lessons are no longer available.Kim Marquis can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 249, or at kmarquis@summitdaily.com.


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