This past weekend, five resorts had their closing day. This coming weekend, another seven will join in the shutdown of the lifts. It has seemed at times, with the start and stop snowfall, that the season barely got started, although the seven inches of fresh powder at A Basin certainly skied nicely on Saturday.
Here's what you can expect from the resorts that are shutting down.
Though the website says the date is subject to change, pending snowfall, Beaver Creek is supposed to shut down this Sunday. For its final weekend in operation, BC will have a Vintage SkiFest. On April 9, eight people, including the late, great, Doug Coombs, will be inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. On April 10, the Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race, limited to 100 participants, will start at noon. Racers can compete in four categories: adult-wood, adult-metal, youth-wood, and youth-metal. Prizes are awarded for best costumes, and the winner in each division gets an Epic Pass for next year.
Friends don't let friends drive I-70? Well, after this Sunday, you won't have a choice. Eldora doesn't have anything on the calendar as far as parties go, but the lifts stop turning Sunday. However, if you're looking for a deal on gear, the rental shop is selling off its premium inventory of skis and snowboards, with prices starting at $200. Brands include Volkl and Burton.
Keystone is the other one of the Vail Resorts shutting down this Sunday. This week, they are running a $99 three-day lift ticket special, and on Saturday, there will be a free concert at River Run with Seven Mary Three and Salem.
Monarch is selling discount lift tickets at the moment for $54, and on Sunday will host its annual parking lot cook-off and tailgate party. It's a judged competition, with winners getting a season pass for next year.
After this Sunday, only Aspen Mountain will be open in the Roaring Fork Valley, as Snowmass becomes the third of the Aspen four to shut down. Aspen Mountain is closing for weekday skiing, but will remain open for on the weekends through April 25. Snowmass will be hosting live music and après specials on its last day.
Steamboat will rock its closing day with a free concert by Donavon Frankenreiter. Steamboat is also offering a four pack lift ticket for $99. The skiing includes the annual judged SPLASHDOWN Pond Skimming Competition, with guests trying to ski across a cold pond at the base. Wild costumes are encouraged. Check the video at the top of this blog to see footage of prior Pond Skims.
Sunlight will be open for one more weekend, closing on the Sunday. At this time, they aren't listing any events.