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Colorado Resorts Reluctantly Start To Close After Average Snowfall Season

Spring fin at ArapahoeAt this time of year, the closure list of Colorado ski and snowboard resorts gets slowly and depressingly longer and longer. But even after this weekend (April 11-12) when another seven mountains pull the plug, there will still be slopes and trails accessible by lift for a few weeks more.

It’s been overall an average snowfall year in the Centennial State, but most of the snow came in short spurts in December and in February. In between, temperatures rose well above normal to create spring skiing in mid-winter and force some areas across Colorado and the West to shut down earlier than desired.

“While snowfall has not been consistent throughout the season, it has accumulated to near-normal levels in some sections of the state,” said Joel Gratz of Opensnow.com. “Two large storms during the middle and end of February helped to increase the snowpack in southern Colorado to respectable levels.”

That said, a seven-pack of resorts will march on past this weekend to keep the 2014-2015 season alive. They include late-season stalwarts Loveland and Arapahoe Basin who have been known to extend even beyond announced dates if spring storms hit the Continental Divide. Here’s the latest official closing dates in Colorado:

April 12: Aspen Highlands, Monarch, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Silverton, Eldora and Steamboat

April 19: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Vail, Breckenridge and Copper

April 26: Winter Park

May 3: Loveland

June 1: Arapaho Basin

Photos: Spring fun continues at Arapahoe (Arapahoe/Facenook); It's the Soaker Challenge at Copper Mt. (Copper Mt./Facebook)

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