Summit’s ski season winding down |

Summit’s ski season winding down

The Lee Boys were the final act in Copper Mountain's three-week spring celebration Sunsation. They were wrapping up their concert in Burning Stones Plaza, as skiers and snowboarders were making their way down for the last time at Copper Mountain for the season. Bassist Alvin Cordy, left, and Keith and Derek Lee were performing their version of gospel and they consider themselves a Sacred Steel Band.

SUMMIT COUNTY – After a winter that spoiled Summit County with above average snowfall, the epic ski season is beginning to wind down.

Copper Mountain and Keystone resorts both ceased operations for the winter on Sunday, and Breckenridge closes on Sunday. Arapahoe Basin hasn’t yet announced a closing date.

This season handed Copper Mountain its third best snowfall season ever, and was on track to either tie or beat the resort’s best-ever season in 1983-1984, when the mountain stayed open into May, said resort spokesperson Carlos Garcia. Ft. Collins resident Dave Neff finished off his season under a blue sky and 50-degree temperatures at Copper Sunday afternoon.

“(This season) was about as good as it gets,” Neff said. “…It was a great powder year, it was a great snow year; just an all-around great year.”

The snow was equally as plentiful at Keystone, which had the best February for snowfall in five years, said director of mountain operations Chuck Tolton. By mid-November, the resort had opened all three of its mountains – Dercum, North Peak and Outback – which occurred earlier in the year than anyone at the resort could recall in the past, Tolton said.

“It has been nothing short of a remarkable season – from start to finish,” Tolton said. He highlighted the resort’s many events as contributing to its success, beginning with 36 Hours of Keystone in November and ending over the weekend in the A-51 Terrain Park with Superpark 10, one of Snowboarder Magazine’s signature events.

Colorado Ski Country USA reported record-breaking skier numbers among its 25 member resorts in the state for the first two quarters of the ski season.

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