Combine 4/20 with closing day at a few ski resorts and it looks like spring in the mountains

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Dustin Schaeffer/Loveland Ski Area
So Gnar rider Pat Milbery is hanging on 'til the end.
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.

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Spring ski and snowboard season is in full swing this April weekend

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Red Bull SlopeSoakers/Copper Mountain
Spring gets a little wacky in Colorado.

There's still plenty of snow and some excellent riding to be had over the next few weeks, but some of our favorite end-of-season festivities are also well underway. Get it while the getting's good with this weekend guide to where to bikini ski, surf some icy ponds, and even kayak down a ski slope.

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Take that, groundhog: Colorado resorts extend winter ski season as spring snow piles up

Keystone Resort
Keystone's A51 Terrain Park plays host to the Community Cup, a women's Big Air event on the World Snowboard Tour.
Spring skiing and snowboarding is alive and well in Colorado, thanks to new snow this week and heavier-than-usual totals since January 1, and several ski areas have already announced extended seasons to make the most of it. Aspen Mountain, originally scheduled to close on April 20, announced on Thursday that it will re-open for the weekends of April 26-27 and May 3-4. "We figured since we opened early we might as well stay open late," writes Rich Burkley, vice president of mountain operations for Aspen Skiing Company. "Conditions are just too good not to go skiing." Copper Mountain, also slated to close out its season on April 20, will re-open April 25-27. And Breckenridge has so much snow that it's staying open a full extra week, through April 27. With new snow at every ski area in Colorado, we've compiled a list of this weekend's best events for making the most of it.

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Get smoked in the Double Pipe and other ways to spring break yourself in the mountains

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Vital Films, via Aspen/Snowmass
Snowpark Technologies built a 22-foot spine ramp super pipe for this weekend's pro Red Bull Double Pipe event at Buttermilk
You've got to love spring in Colorado's mountains, where you might be sunburning a permanent goggle than onto your face one day, ripping powder the next, or maybe even taking care of both at the same time. There's actually snow in the forecast this weekend, according to OpenSnow.com forecaster Joel Gratz, with another storm on the way later next week. Read on for our picks for how to make the most of it, and don't pack up that ski gear just yet!

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Where to throw a rodeo 720 over some bikini girls and other tips for the start of Spring Break

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Courtesy Aspen/Snowmass
Aspen Mountain hosts the 15th annual KickAspen Big Air Invitational on Saturday night

The first round of Spring Break festivities at Colorado ski areas begins this weekend. The snow is as good as it gets -- Breck already announced it's extending the season for an additional week, through April 27 -- and we've got the inside scoop on where to jump over a hot tub full of bikini models, where to find the best bargains, and other ways to get your Spring slush on.

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Gay Ski Week, women's workshops, Special Olympics and other ways to plan a powder day

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Courtesy Keystone Resort
Keystone hosts a two-day Betty Fest ski workshop for women this weekend.
Hard to believe, since it feels like summer in Denver today, but every ski area in Colorado got snow last night -- with totals ranging from three inches to fifteen inches -- and there's more on the way. "On Saturday morning, a heavy band of snow will likely move across the state," predicts meteorologist Joel Gratz, over at OpenSnow.com. "This snow band, forced by the jet stream, will likely bring heavy snow to most areas." Enticing, right? Read on for some of the best ways to march into March in the mountains.

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Uphill races, downhill races, jib jams, and other ways to celebrate winter this weekend

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Courtesy Monarch Mountain
The snow just keeps on coming up in the hills where it matters most, and conditions at most Colorado ski areas are as good as they get. There might be a few more inches of fresh powder on the way this weekend to top it off, according to OpenSnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz, with bigger storms on the way next week for the powder chasers. In the meantime, we've compiled a list of excellent ways to get out and play in all the pow that's already piled up.

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Skilogik's wooden skis are some of the prettiest planks we've seen this season

Categories: SIA, Skiing

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All photos by Brandon Marshall
We first spotted Skilogik at the SIA Snow Show in January, where its burnished wooden planks stuck out in the forest of bright technical fabric and fiberglass boards. Led by Coloradan David Mazzarella, the company makes skis that double as works of art, hand-tooled with designs ranging from mountain landscapes to Grateful Dead skeletons with mother-of-pearl detailing. Beyond being eye candy, its products, which range from heavily-rockered powder models like the Rock Star to racers like Occam's Razor, have won honors from magazines like Freeskier and Powder.

Originally founded in Breckenridge, Skilogik has since moved its production facilities to China's Hainan Island, following the lead of major industry players like K2 and Dynastar, which headed east to cut labor costs. Mazzarella, however, went a step further and offshored himself, too, relocating his family to the coastal city of Sanya in 2007 so he could build his own factory and supervise production in person.

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Tips up: Valentine's Day, President's Day, and other ways to play for the three-day ski weekend

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Courtesy Keystone Ski Area
Working the singles line for Valentine's Day? Don't miss Keystone's "Love on the Lifts" gondola speed-dating.
If you think longjohns on a powder day trump lingerie in the sexiness department, then this is the Valentine's Day weekend for you. Read on for four snowy Valentine's date suggestions and other tips for rocking the long weekend.

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Six sick ways to play in "storm of the century" powder this weekend

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Steamboat Springs' legendary skiing band provides the parade soundtrack for the 101st annual Winter Carnival parade on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.

Last week's storms brought the deepest 24- and 48-hour snowfall totals since the 2000-2001 season, prompting Vail Resorts' marketing team to dub it the "storm of the century." We can't argue with that, especially since the snow's been falling pretty much ever since, punctuated with bluebird days perfect for making the most of all that powder. Ready to go get some? Read on.

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