Must-see Films at the 2014 Snowboard on the Block North American Film Festival

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Courtesy Snowboard Colorado
Scotty Vine gets upside down on his way to winning the 2013 Snowboard on the Block rail jam.
While the first Colorado ski areas won't be opening for another month, locals know that snowboarding season actually starts in September, with the early onslaught of video premieres to stoke the fire. And, for the second year in a row, you can see almost all of them in one place at the Snowboard on the Block 2014 North American Snowboard Film Festival, an all-ages event getting under way on Saturday.

Westword caught up with Snowboard Colorado editor-in-chief Adam Schmidt for the inside scoop on the festival and a highlight reel of selections from the twenty films being featured.

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Arapahoe Basin hosts the ski season's last hurrah

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Dave Camara/Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
A-Basin's Lake Reveal will make its final splash for the season on Sunday.
Arapahoe Basin opened for the 2013-2014 ski and snowboard season way back on October 13 and, thanks to one of the best snow years on record, it is still open for one more weekend. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and Fourth of July fireworks at the Basin just aren't in the cards this time around.

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Aspen Mountain to reopen for skiing this weekend!

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Jeremy Swanson
Aspen's season is not over yet.
Colorado's reality-defying weather has worked to a benefit this time around. The surge of late-spring snowfall around the state has allowed Aspen Mountain to reopen for the Memorial Day weekend, May 24 tthrough May 26.

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And then there were two: The Colorado ski season that keeps on giving

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Dustin Schaefer/Courtesy Loveland Ski Area
Pick a line, any line. This is what May skiing looked like at Loveland on Thursday. Believe it.
Throw the roof rack back on your car and dig out your winter gear, because storms this week deposited deep powder on both Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, the last two ski areas standing in Colorado. Loveland got 31 inches from the storm, A-Basin got 17, and OpenSnow.com forecaster Joel Gratz says to expect "significant snow Saturday night through Sunday evening," just in time for closing day at Loveland.

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Closing day ski celebrations and, yes, powder turns in the forecast this weekend

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Courtesy Copper Mountain
It's coming down to the end of the line at Copper Mountain and several other Colorado ski areas 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.

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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

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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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