Summit’s ski season to finish up June 4 |

Summit’s ski season to finish up June 4

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

ARAPAHOE BASIN The beach party ends June 4 this year.Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, known for keeping the lifts turning well into the spring, will close on the first Sunday in June, officially ending Summit County’s ski season. Last year, the ski area closed the same weekend. The year before, skiers and riders had until June 11 to squeeze in the last turns of the season at A-Basin.Despite the perception that The Legend attempts to stay open until the Fourth of July holiday, the last time that happened was nine years ago during the 1996/1997 season, said ski area spokesperson Leigh Heirholzer.Heirholzer said A-Basin no longer makes it a goal to stay open into the summer.”The reason we don’t is we’re opening so much earlier now with snowmaking, we opened Oct. 23, the year before it was Oct. 22,” Heirholzer said. “Before snowmaking, we would open closer to Thanksgiving, sometimes even closer to Christmas.” A-Basin began snowmaking operations in 2001.The Pallavicini Lift, which services the Basin’s well-known steeps, closed Sunday due to snow conditions and for business reasons, Heirholzer said. The status of the East Wall is determined on a day-to-day basis, she added.An above-average 343 inches of snow fell at the ski area this season, she said.Until closing date, A-Basin has plenty of activities planned to occupy spring skiers and riders.Two more free rail jams are scheduled in the Mutha’ Hucker terrain park, one on Saturday and a second on May 27.Live music from the Nocturnal Tomatoes will fill the base area on Saturday, while Double Parked will play on May 27. Both acts are from 1-4 p.m.On May 28, the Festival of the Brewpubs takes over the base area with tastings from Summit’s five local breweries while music from a live band, as well as a DJ, plays in the background.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at

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