Closing day ski celebrations and, yes, powder turns in the forecast this weekend
If you've had enough of the seasonal allergy syndrome down here in Denver and find yourself already missing winter, never fear: Five Colorado ski areas are either still open or re-opening this weekend, thanks to one very good winter snow season -- and there's powder in the forecast for Saturday night. "Most mountains will see about six inches on Saturday night into Sunday morning, with a few inches more than that in the southern half of the state (roughly from Aspen to the south) and a few inches less than that north of Aspen," writes Joel Gratz, of OpenSnow.com. Sounds good to us, but if you need a bit more motivation to get up to the mountains, read on for a round-up of this weekend's slopeside happenings.
Courtesy Copper Mountain It's coming down to the end of the line at Copper Mountain and several other Colorado ski areas this weekend
Get lei'd! The extended season at Breckenridge comes to a close this weekend. First up, festivity-wise, is Saturday's Epic Pro Team Showdown, a spectator-friendly affair at the Peak 8 halfpipe venue starring Sochi 2014 Olympians Bobby Brown, Keri Herman, Faye Gulini and Possum Torr, and Breck's Epic Pro Team members Eric Willett, Zack Black and Brett Esser -- among others -- from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by an autograph session. On Sunday get your last laps in before the closing day luau on the One Ski Hill Grill patio at the Peak 8 base area, from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Attention, cheaters! Copper Mountain's extended season also winds down for real this weekend, with the mountain re-opening today through Sunday. Discounted lift tickets are available for $59 to anyone with a season pass from another resort; Copper calls it the "Swinger's Pass."
Oh, what the heck! Crested Butte Mountain Resort has never re-opened for a similar extended season before, but never say never, right? "We had an incredible season this year," writes vice president and general manager Ethan Mueller. "Looking at the amount of snow we still have on the mountain and in the valley, we thought of all years to re-open this would be a good one to give it a try. One more weekend of skiing will be a fun way to bring people to the mountain and to get excited for next season."
Mmmm... corn! In spring skiing parlance, "corn" is snow that has been through a cycle of melting over the course of bluebird days and re-freezing during crisp, cold nights. It's not champagne powder, but at this point in the season we'll take what we can get. At Loveland's thirteenth annual Corn Harvest spring-skiing bash on Saturday, the spring snow is the star of the show. The $60 ticket ($30 for season pass/lift ticket holders) benefits the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, and includes mountain ski tours with CAIC staff members and volunteers from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. -- the sweet spot, time-wise, before that corn starts turning to slush -- as well as lunch at the base area and a New Belgium keg party. Developed a taste for corn? Loveland has one more week left before its closing-day bash on May 4.
Keep it coming! And if you have another month or so left in those ski legs, Arapahoe Basin's closing day is still TBA and the mountain has events on the calendar through May 31. Believe it or not, there's snow in the forecast for Sunday and Monday. "In the words of our patrol director, 'It'll be your normal spring forecast of a trace to 20 inches,'" writes A-Basin CEO Alan Henceroth. Either way, go get it.