Summit resorts celebrate spring
April 9, 2009
SUMMIT COUNTY ” Ski areas around the region are gearing up for the last few days and weeks of the season with the usual round-up of special events, concerts and contests ” not to mention some of the best snow of the season.
A series of storms that rolled through the Rockies last week dropped several feet of snow at most mountain locations, so the coverage is excellent, with the conditions on the skiing surface ranging from powder on higher north-facing slopes to melt-freeze spring conditions at lower elevations and sunnier trails.
All local areas are holding special events this weekend, including Easter-oriented activities like egg hunts. Check individual resort websites for details.
Along with outdoor fun on the piste, Copper Mountain is offering a special locals week, April 13 to April 19, at the new Woodward at Copper training hall. The offer includes 25 percent off all Woodward at Copper winter activities: Winter Camp Days, One Hit Wonder sessions, Drop-In sessions and Skate Only sessions.
Call (866) 534-7444 or visit http://www.WoodwardatCopper.com for details.
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Copper is reporting a 72-inch mid-mountain base. The area’s last day this season is April 19.
The ever-popular Sunsation festivities at Copper are also under way this week, with free base-area concerts and more. Check out http://www.coppersunsation.com for details, including the April 11 Wailers concert.
Keystone is entering the last few days of its season with a 58-inch mid-mountain base and 10 inches of new snow in the past seven days. Thirteen lifts are operating with skiing on 2,953 acres. Snow reports and last-minute ticket deals are online at http://keystone.snow.com. Keystone closes for the season April 12.
Breckenridge has an epic 91-inch base at the summit, with 73 inches mid-mountain after reporting 283 inches snowfall for the season to-date. Skiing is on 27 lifts covering 2,378 acres.
This weekend’s events include a beer festival and an avalanche dog expo, with classics like the Imperial Challenge and the Breck Bump Buffet set for closing weekend, April 18 and April 19.
Check http://www.breckenridge.snow.com for details.
While some ski areas are winding down, A-Basin is in the heart of its season. A 54-inch mid-mountain base means good skiing on the East Wall, and plenty of spring powder on Pali’s north-facing steeps.
The Legend highlights a green theme this weekend with an April 11 Save Our Snow Celebration. The bash will feature a “green village,” showcasing Arapahoe Basin and other like-minded companies’ environmental initiatives.
Events also include an amateur giant slalom race on High Noon, with a drawing for a season pass.
Visit http://www.arapahoebasin.com for details.
Vail and Beaver Creek
Just west of Summit County, Vail has enjoyed an epic snowfall year to go along with the popular Epic Pass. So far, Vail has tallied 418 inches of snow for the season, with 2 to 4 inches of fresh in the forecast before the weekend.
The 72-inch mid-mountain base should make for good skiing on 5,289 acres right through closing day, April 19.
Beaver Creek is reporting an 84-inch mid-mountain base after 383 inches of snowfall for the season to-date. The ski area is expecting up to 8 inches of snow by Friday morning, so it could be one last weekend of great powder skiing on 1,687 acres before the mountain closes April 12. Check out http://www.snow.com for the latest information on Vail and Beaver Creek.
Skinny skiers also still have a chance to get their groove on at the Frisco Nordic Center, where trails will be groomed through April 12. The Breckenridge Nordic Center is still 100 percent open, with excellent coverage and plans to operate full-on through April 19. Ski and snowshoe tours are available daily and evenings by resaervation. Check out http://www./breckenridgefrisconordic.blogspot.com for the latest updates on trail condtions.