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The Outsider: Halloween 2015 with the Bucks and The Beach

SDN sports editor Phil Lindeman.

And just like that, opening day came and went. Now it’s time for opening weekend.

Love it or hate it (or both), the Colorado ski season kicks off the same weekend as that other October holiday, Halloween. The two tend to bring out the crazies in a good way, and I’m ridiculously excited to see what kind of weird costumes will be on display at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland today.

For whatever reason, costumes and skiing go hand in hand. One of my favorite days of the season is closing at Vail — my apologies to Breck — when thousands of people don intricate costumes to close out the season. I’ve seen HAZMAT suits, plenty of gorillas, more retro gear than most thrift stores can provide and, of course, the one and only Cookie Monster. It wouldn’t be closing day without the guy in furry blue.

Thinking back on things, I haven’t done Halloween at the Basin since I was in college at Colorado State. Back then, our costumes were much more intricate and much more revealing. (Think short shorts, tank tops and plain old skin. Do I remember what we were? Not really — just obnoxious). These days, I’m more likely to plan something clever with a group of friends, like the trio of living sports trophies I’m joining this season. The short shorts are back, and this time they’re glittery gold, but, thankfully, the top has sleeves. Just don’t be offended if I blow my whistle in your general direction. There are no penalties on the Halloween slopes, just thousands of costumed weirdos who think they’re funny.

Bring it on, ski season.

Breck Bucks vs. Colorado Rampage

After a rough start to the season, Breck’s brand-new junior hockey team is now on a roll. They’re won five of the past six games and now sit at third place (5-3 overall) in the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League.

The Bucks’ next homestand comes against fourth-place team, the Colorado Rampage, this weekend. If you missed last night’s game, grab your costume (because why not?) and head to Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge tonight for the final game of the weekend series. Play begins at 7:50 p.m., with tickets between $12 and $17. Fans of all ages are welcome.

A-Basin opening weekend

The Beach at A-Basin is the place to be this weekend, starting today with Halloween shenanigans from first chair at 9 a.m. to closing at 4 p.m. The snow on High Noon is perfectly average — no dirt patches, no unseen powder stashes — but everyone knows the conditions aren’t why you go skiing in October. It’s all about the party scene, and things are guaranteed to be wild, crazy and crowded throughout the day. Arrive early if you want a spot on The Beach.

To keep the party going, A-Basin will host live music on Saturday and Sunday, plus a costume contest on Halloween. The contest starts at 3 p.m. in the base area, with A-Basin gift cards and a free Beach spot up for grabs. An ‘80s cover band, The Goonies, plays from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, and a Denver soul-rock trio, The Robby Wicks Band, plays the same time on Sunday. Both concerts are free.

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