A Powderful Deja Vous – I’m having deja vu. It’s the middle of April but it feels like the middle of January. Four resorts are open in Ski Country this weekend with some big events happening. There’s fresh snow in the mountains with more on the way-I heard on the news that the high country could get up to 2 feet! Here’s what’s happening in the mountains from the resorts themselves.
Echo’s spring event schedule:
Last Park Standing April 24
Last Day Meltdown May 2
WHAT’S UP, Echo Skiers & Riders? This is your final reminder to sign up for this Saturday’s Last Park Standing, presented by Verizon Wireless. On April 24th, compete in this slopestyle event for yourshare of over $5,000 in cash and prizing on one of our most unique course builds to date. While you’re at it, save $5 on registration when you sign up in advance on our web site. Throughout the day, GO Wireless will be on-site activating FREE netbooks and giving $50 off all phones (new activation/2-yr agreement required). Don’t miss this signature event, and be sure to visit the sponsor village on the patio for great deals.
As we approach the end of the 2009/2010 ski and ride season on Sunday, May 2nd, all demo equipment is on sale now! Check out the Echo Demo Tent this weekend to sample hard goods from Burton, Rome, Icelantic, Never Summer, Blizzard, Head and Celsius. And spring skiing at Echo means daily food and drink specials, including weekend grilling on the patio from 11am to 3pm. See you soon!
Loveland spring event schedule:
Corn Harvest Benefit Ski Party April 24
Tall Tees & Tacos (Orig. Vert Alert) May 1
Closing Day Celebration May 2
(Photo courtesy of Loveland Ski Area)
As the 2009-2010 season comes to an end, it is once again time for skiers and riders to celebrate another safe, successful season. This Saturday, April 24, Loveland Ski Area will host the 9th annual Corn Harvest Benefit Ski Party for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.
The CAIC promotes safety in Colorado’s backcountry by reducing the impact of avalanches on recreation, industry and transportation in the state through a program of forecasting and education.
Over the past 5 years, the Corn Harvest has raised almost $25,000 for the CAIC. Anyone that would like to attend this year’s event can purchase an event ticket for $60 at Loveland Ski Area on April 24. Thepackage includes a lift ticket, bar-b-que lunch from Great Range Bison, beer from New Belgium Brewing, soft drinks from Pepsi, live music and a huge raffle with prizes from Bent Gate Mountaineering, Flylow and more with proceeds going to benefit the CAIC. If you already havea lift ticket or season pass, the cost is just $30. (Photo courtesy of Loveland Ski Area)
Loveland Ski Area will be open through May 2 and they are extending the season for season pass holders everywhere. For the remainder of the season, Loveland will offer discount lift tickets to anyone that presents a 2009-2010 season pass from another ski area.
Anyone that shows a 2009-2010 season pass from another ski area will be able to purchase a full day adult lift ticket for $30. That is a $14 discount off the ticket window price.
“We still have 90% of our terrain open and a 56″ mid mountain base,” continued Sellers. “If you think it is too early to put the skis and snowboards away,you can take advantage of a late season storm or enjoy a warm bluebird day on The Ridge for just $30.”
Loveland Ski Area is also selling season passes for the 2010-2011 season at the guaranteed lowest rates. 2010-2011 season passes are also valid for the remainder of this season
Aspen/Snowmass spring event schedule:
DJ Naka G at the Sundeck, 12-3pm, April 24
Slightly White at the Ajax Tavern, 2:30pm, April 24
Trenton Allan & The Good Timey Groove Gang, 1-3 p.m, April 25
Slightly White at the Ajax Tavern, 2:30 p.m., April 25
(Photo by Scott Markewitz)
This weekend, April 24-25, 2010 is the last call for skiing/riding in Aspen/Snowmass for the 2009-2010 season.Seven to 13 inches of snow is predicted to fall in Aspen by Saturday morning, hopefully providing one last powder day for skiers/riders.
The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and F.I.S. lifts will be running from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. accessing as much terrain as conditions permit with the exception of The Dumps, Kristys and Hyrups.Patrol will be monitoring conditions throughout the weekend and may close terrain as needed.
This final weekend of the extended season will go out in style with live music and plenty of deals from lodging and rentals to aprs specials at Ajax Tavern.
The Sundeck will fire up the grill and will offer food and drink specials.Ajax Tavern will offer aprs specials from 3 6 p.m. including $15 for a burger & pint of beer as well as $1.50 oysters on the half shell and more. (Photo by Jeremy Swanson)
Not only has the extended season brought extra days of skiing and riding, these last days of the season will allow for huge savings on everything from lodging to ski and snowboard school. Lodging starts as low as $25 in Snowmass and $37.50 in Aspen based on availability and dates.* Children and adult group lessons are only $75 per day and adult private lessons start at $259 for a half day. D&E Ski and Snowboard Shop, just across the street from the gondola, is also offering 50 percent off rentals as well as 50 percent off skis, boots & bindings; 50 percent off snowboards, boots and bindings; 25 percent off helmets and 50 percent off all outerwear.
Lift ticket information
All Aspen/Snowmass season passes are valid as they are during the regular season. Flex Passes are valid for one day each weekend. Additional days for Flex, Classic and Escape Passholders are $19. Adult tickets will be $39 per day, youth and seniors will pay $29 and childrens tickets will be $19. As always children six and under ski for free. Current season passholders from any other resort will pay just $29 for their lift ticket.
Arapahoe Basin spring event schedule:
8th Annual Marmot Grind April 24
Black Mountain Lodge A Night in the French Alps
7th Annual Huck, Rockn Roll May 1
Shakin at the Basin May Concerts Series & Rail Jam May 8
The Marmot Grind isan uphill, downhill adventure race designed to introduce new participants to backcountry skiing as well as challenge the veteran skier. Races are modeled after European randonee events with competitors beginning on foot and running to clip into their skis. Athletes skin uphill on a challenging course and race down to the finish. Race category vertical is approximately 4,500 ft, recreational 2,000ft. $2,000 in prize money.