Although Keystone Resort closed over 2 weeks ago on Sunday, April 8, a few of the other surrounding area ski resorts are still open! Spring weather has shifted some attention to summer activities, such as hiking and mountain biking, but the skiing conditions are still great for those looking to add a few more days on the mountain to their season.
Breckenridge Ski Resort recently announced it's plan to extend its season for two extra weekends past it's original closing date which was set for April 15. This upcoming weekend will be the last chance for skiers and riders to enjoy the Breckenridge slopes for the 2011/2012 ski season. The resort will be open Friday - Sunday, April 27-29. Visitors can take advantage of discounted lift tickets, being offered for just $50 at the ticket window. Parking for the entire weekend is free and open terrain includes most of Peak 8, including the Imperial Express Super Chair. Lifts will be running from 9am until 4 pm each day. Those with season passes will not incur any extra fees during the extended season. SummitCove is currently offering 30% off already reduced rates for the remainder of April.
Arapahoe Basin's season is still going strong and typically stays open as long as the snow sticks around. Last year the resort finally closed down over the 4th of July weekend, making for a 10-month long ski season! The resort has a great Spring Lineup of events planned, including a new Chili Cook-off, live music every weekend, and its final and most popular spring event, the Festival of Brewpubs on May 27, in its 11th year. Warm weather conditions make for pleasant skiing conditions at the mountain. The resort's infamous 'Beach' area has spots available for rental, allowing visitors to park along the base of the mountain and enjoy barbeques and tailgating in between runs. Its always a fun time at The Beach!