This Weekend in Stoke: Cruisin' for a bruisin' (and a brewsin') in Spring ski season

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Damn ams! The USASA Nationals competition moves from snowboarding to freeskiing this weekend at Copper Mountain, with opening ceremonies on Saturday and competition running Sunday through Wednesday, pitting amateur skiers against each other in Superpipe, Slopestyle and Skiercross events.

And more Spring stoke after the jump...

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Photo courtesy Winter Park Resort
Skier Brandon Cronin flips for Rocky Mountain Freestyle at Winter Park
Bump it up! Amateur freestyle skiers from the Rocky Mountain Division face off on the Ambush mogul course at Winter Park this weekend, April 9-10, for the last Rocky Mountain Freestyle competition of the season. Registration is already closed, so grab a drink and watch the fireworks from the deck at the Derailer Bar. Moguls competition is on Saturday, Dual Moguls on Sunday.

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King of the Swap Meet! Battle your way to the top of the heap on Saturday at the annual Gear Swap at Boulder's Neptune Mountaineering, 633 South Broadway, starting at 3 p.m. There are no fees or commissions, so bring your gear to sell or trade and get an additional 15 percent off all of Neptune's sale items while you're at it.

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¡Cinco de Abril! On Saturday Breckenridge hosts The Five Peaks, the annual Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center race for mountaineering masochists: Competitors will nab 8,650 feet of vertical with ascents in the Ten Mile Range inside and outside of the Breckenridge Ski Resort boundaries. Last chance for registration is tonight from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mountain Outfitters, 112 South Ridge Road. Need a beer afterwards? Lucky you: Saturday is also the Breckenridge Beer Festival.

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Strange Brew! Speaking of beer... Silverton Mountain's been getting dumped on all season and the Spring snowfall has been epic and apparently there are local brews to be had, too: Check out the annual BrewSKI event on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for beverages from Silverton Brewery (try their classic Bear Ass Brown or their new seasonal Cold Rush brew, a limited batch strong golden ale commemorating the Red Bull Cold Rush freeskiing event held at Silverton Mountain last month), Durango's Ska Brewing, and nearby Three Rivers Brewery (Farmington, NM).

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Splash! Closing day at Keystone? Say it ain't so! Go out with a splash at the 2011 Slush Cup Pond Skim on Sunday at 11 a.m., with 2011/2012 Summit Passes for Best Costume, Best Crash and Best Overall. Cost of entry? $25 and your last shred of dignity.

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