From Snow to Slush: End of Season Ski Area Events

March 12, 2013

Photo by Zach Dischner, via flickr

Spring is just around the corner and soon Colorado’s ski areas will be closing for the season.  That means great lift ticket values and a lot of “crazy” events celebrating the end of the season.  So get the shorts, T-shirts, and sunscreen ready for some exhilarating final runs.

The lineup for end of the season events at Colorado ski areas looks like it will rival any previous year.  Some of the best end of the season events -- whether you ride or slide -- can be found at these locations.

Breckenridge – closes April 14.  Spring Fever runs March 17 - April 14.

Keystone – closes April 7. Among many activities, Keystone will hold its annual Slush Cup event.

Copper Mountain – closes April 14.  “Sunsation Weekend” promises a weekend full of pond skimming and tricks on rails with inner tubes!

Loveland – closes May 5.  Closing Day celebration.

Arapahoe Basin – closes May 6, but the closing date frequently gets postponed if snow continues later.  A-Basin is planning some great events.

If you want to travel a little farther for your fun (perhaps far enough away so the hometown newspapers are less likely to report on your weekend), you might just want to head to Crested Butte for its closing weekend on April 6-7.  Do we need to say anything other than it involves costumes, slush, and a pond of near-freezing water?

Ski areas in the Aspen area always offer the chance of riding a lift with a star or starlet though they were probably here earlier when the snow was falling and the hotel prices were rising.  This community serves up a lot refinement within the confines of an old West mining town.  The ski areas will follow this closing schedule:

Buttermilk – closes April 7
Aspen Mountain – closes April 14
Snowman Mountain – closes April 14
Aspen Highlands – closes April 21

The end of the season events promise great fun to compensate for not-so-great snow conditions.  We know that the weather can be very unpredictable, so the well-packed bag would have obligatory high tech cold weather layers right next to the bathing suit.

As you make your plans for the next few weekends of boarding or skiing, just focus on the bright blue, cloudless skies, temperatures in the 40s or higher, and flying down that favorite run for the last time this season.  Brush up on that rusty skiing and snowboarding jargon so when you hit the après ski lounge for a little “posing” session, you will be recognized as an “expert”  or “shredder” but not that poor soul taken off the mountain on a sled after a ”yard sale!”