"Our elevation helps, and we just always had this niche for spring skiing," Lee says. And a niche for spring parties. Today, the beach -- where snow meets parking lot -- should be packed with people grilling for the seventh Festival of the Brewpubs and Memorial Weekend Beach Party. Summit County breweries, including Pug Ryan's, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry and Wolf Rock, will be pouring unlimited tastings for those who pay $20 for the plastic beer mug or $40 for the limited-edition, stainless-steel souvenir version. Tribute group That Eighties Band will provide the drinking music.
Lee suggests that people come to ski in the morning, before the beer-pouring starts at noon, and carpool with a designated driver. "Or it's pretty easy to hitchhike around here," she says.
There will be music on Saturday and Monday, too, but no breweries.
For information, go to www.arapahoebasin.com.
Sun., May 25, 11 a.m., 2008