While most of the other Colorado ski areas close up for the season or shift over to summer activities, Arapahoe Basin is keeping the dream alive until June 6.
It's the same spirit of endurance that has kept the mountains annual Enduro event going for 21 years. A true test of late-season perseverance, Enduro challenges teams of skiers and riders to see how many times they can ski the runs under the Pali chair between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. without stopping. "There are twenty runs on the Pali terrain, and most teams will end up doing about three or four runs on each," says event organizer Kimberly Trembearth. "Ten hours on the Pali terrain? It's phenomenal. It's all about bragging rights. Bragging rights and lactic acid buildup."
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The $150-per-team entrance fee benefits Flight for Life, and it just might prove to be a worthy investment: The current record (set by Jamie Ober and Ollie Holmes in 2008) stands at 71 punishing runs, and if you can beat it, you might just need your own airlift out of there afterward. At the very least, you'll probably appreciate the après party waiting for your weary knees at the bottom: Enduro's now old enough to buy you a drink, and the entry fee includes beer, dinner and a prize raffle at the Snake River Saloon. For information, go to www.arapahoebasin.com.
Wed., April 14, 2010