Although Keystone Resort has already wrapped up their 2013 – 2014 ski season, Arapahoe Basin remains open indefinitely, as long as there is still snow to ski on! The resort has previously stayed open as late as July 4th, depending on the snow pack. With a current base of base of 74 inches and snow in the forecast, we expect the conditions to remain good for awhile to come. Arapahoe Basin is known for their steep skiing and loyal local crowds, but is probably most well-known for the its famous ‘Beach’ area- the strip of the parking lot that backs up to the base of the mountain. Skiers and snowboarders camp out here with barbecue grills, lawn chairs, coolers and good spirits, enjoying the snow and sunshine in between runs. Spring is the perfect time to enjoy the Beach!
May 3rd kicks off the first session of the ‘Shakin’ at the Basin’ Concert Series at Arapahoe Basin. Every Saturday in May features a different band, playing live music in the base area from 1 – 4pm. The concerts are free of charge, family friendly, and a great way to spend a Spring Saturday in the mountains! The Summit Stage offers free transportation directly from Keystone and other areas in Summit County, great for anyone looking for a safe ride home after enjoying a cold beer in the Colorado sunshine!
Upcoming 2014 Spring Events
Saturday, May 3: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – Euforquestra
Saturday, May 10: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – The Congress
Saturday, May 17: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – Funky Johnson
Saturday, May 24: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – High Five
Saturday, May 25: 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs with headliner Whitewater Ramble
Saturday, May 31: Shakin’ at the Basin May Concert Series – The Champions
If you are a beer-lover, be sure to head up for the 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs on Saturday, May 25th. Whether you choose to ski or not, this fun event is a blast and features beer samplings from over 12 breweries and live music from the upbeat ‘Dancegrass’ band Whitewater Ramble. Stay the night or the whole weekend in a Keystone condo and score a great deal with our off-season rates!
If you have never experienced spring at the Basin, now is the time to come and check it out for yourself! Don’t miss the fun upcoming spring events and the great conditions at Arapahoe Basin.
If you are looking for a last minute weekend getaway to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, you may want to head to Summit County for some fun events in Keystone and the Festival of Brewpubs at Arapahoe Basin!
Friday, May 25th will kick off the weekend with the Adventure Center opening. Rent a paddleboat for a tour of Keystone Lake. Take a canoe or Kayak for a day in the sun. Stop by to see “Mother Goose” at the entrance to the Center. Here eggs are due to hatch any day!
The 11th Annual Festival of Brewpubs takes place at Arapahoe Basin on Sunday, May 27th from noon to 4pm. Why not spend the day sampling mugs of beer from Colorado’s famed brewpubs. Participating breweries include Breckenridge, Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam, Backcountry, and much more. A 14oz mug is just $25, with no other costs on beer samples. Obviously, this is a 21 and older event, so bring your ID or you will not be able to purchase a mug. While you’re there, enjoy live music in the base area for free from 1-4, and food will be available including sliders, chili, soft pretzels, and sides. The Front Range Ski Bus will offer a 2 for 1 rate so that you don’t even have to worry about driving!
Monday, May 28th, try the free Fishing Derby for kids aged 13 and under. Bring your entire family where you will win raffle prizes, BBQ and live music. Fishing gear is not supplied, so bring your own tackle and fishing gear!
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!
Visit Arapahoe Basin on Sunday, May 27th for the annual Festival of Brewpubs. You can spend the day sampling mugs of beer from a variety of Colorado brewpubs for one low price per 14 oz mug. Needless to say, you must be 21 to attend. Participating breweries will include Pug Ryan’s, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry and more.
Expect great live music, springtime skiing and much more! The New Classics Band, a top cover band out of Denver, Colorado will perform at the festival. This outstanding five piece band plays your favorite 80?s rock hits, 70?s funk and soul, and classic rock and roll dance songs that keep the energy high.
Cost: $25 per 14 oz mug. No other costs are associated with beer samples.
Time: Sampling from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Please bring ID. No mugs will be sold without it!
Food: Sliders for sale in the base area – $2ea or 3 for $5. You can also purchase food from the Legend’s Cafe or Outside BBQ Grill.
Music: The New Classics will be playing live in the base area from 1-4p. This is a FREE concert!
Transportation: In honor of the 11th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs, the Front Range Ski Bus is offering a special 2 for 1 rate. Use the promo code “BeerFriend” and you and a friend can ride from Denver to Arapahoe Basin for the price of one.