Combine 4/20 with closing day at a few ski resorts and it looks like spring in the mountains
Closing day fall on both Easter Sunday and -- ahem -- 4/20 for a handful of Colorado's ski areas, so this weekend is shaping up to be all-time. We've put together a guide to get you through it.
Dustin Schaeffer/Loveland Ski Area So Gnar rider Pat Milbery is hanging on 'til the end.
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Shred the gnar! So Gnar is taking over Copper Mountain this weekend, with a new Crew Video Edit Challenge on Saturday and the Shred Circuit finals on Sunday. For the Edit Battle, crews consisting of one filmed and three to five riders will film on the mountain from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., then have access to Woodward at Copper's editing tools from 2:30 to 7. The video edits will premiere Saturday night in the Woodward Barn from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Shred Circuit finals on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature winners from each stop of the contest's national tour in a slopestyle jam, with free spectating from the Copper Village base area. Other events on Sunday associated with the Shred Circuit grand finale include the Tube-U-Lar Rail Throwdown Jam presented by Red Bull, a Mini Pipe Shred Jam presented by Zumiez, and a Rhythm Jump Challenge presented by Zeal.
Wear sunscreen! This is also the second weekend of Copper's annual Sunsation celebration, with signature events including the Color Run 5K Snow Run on Saturday (registration is $45 per person, or $40 per person for teams of four or more, and benefits Children's Hospital of Colorado), and the "World's Largest Easter Egg Hunt" on Sunday. Big kids can hunt all over the mountain as soon as the lifts start turning; separate hunts for kids ages 7-11, 6 and under, and 12 and under will be held during the morning.
Thank you, Easter Bunny! Arapahoe Basin is celebrating Easter Sunday with its annual Beach'n Egg Hunt, starting at 10 a.m. Keep an eye out for the golden eggs: they have kids' season passes for the 2014-2015 stashed inside. Also, mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 22: A-Basin will be screening the award-winning climate change documentary Chasing Ice at 6 p.m. in the recently renovated 6th Alley Bar & Grill for $5, benefitting Snowriders International. "Photographer James Balog deploys revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers," writes A-Basin COO Alan Henceroth. "Seeing this film needs to be on your 'must do' list."
Bring your snorkel! As the season winds down this Sunday at Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Winter Park, and Aspen, it's time to get wet. Keystone's celebrating with its annual Slush Cup pond-skimming competition (entry fee is $30 to compete, or just find a good spot near the Mountain House base area and make sure your camera batteries are charged) on Sunday. Vail hosts its 12 annual World Pond Skimming Championships (registration is $75 and is limited to 75 participants) at the Golden Peak base area, followed by a free concert on the Solaris stage in Vail Village featuring Steel Pulse and Bonfire Dub. Winter Park's 46th annual Spring Splash is also on Sunday, and Aspen closes out with its 7th annual Red Bull Schneetag, sending teams of four careening down the Spider Sabitch run on homemade sleds into -- what else? -- an icy pool.
Ski on! Not ready for closing day just yet? Neither are we. Copper and Breckenridge have already extended their seasons through April 27, Loveland is open through May 4, and Arapahoe Basin is going to hang in there as long as it can. See you on the slopes!