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Springtime In The Rockies: Colorado Season Gets Longer

Spring-Cover-ABasin Nothing like warm bluebird days with plenty of snow still around for great spring skiing, especially when resorts stay open longer. (Arapahoe Basin/Facebook)

Thanks to a snowy March and persistent pent-up desire to hit the slopes, a slew of Colorado ski and snowboard resorts will keep their lifts spinning beyond original closing dates.

And, April is also rated one of the snowiest months of the year, so spring skiers and riders may find freshies as well as everything from hard-pack to sugar to corn to mashed potatoes along the way.

Winter Park recently announced it would add two weeks to its season by running the Mary Jane lifts until May 9. That makes it four mountains that will be open in the month of May. Breckenridge has said it would stay running until Memorial Day (Peak 8 only after April 18), and both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland will welcome skiers and 'boarders June 6 and May 9, respectively.

Coming in next for the longest seasons will be Snowmass and Copper Mountain, both announcing they will close on April 25. Snowmass's neighbor Aspen Mountain will keep spinning to April 18, but Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk shut down in early April.

Vail Resorts' mountains will offer up some April sliding as well. Vail Mountain will turn its lifts until April 18, while Keystone and Beaver Creek will run until the week before, shutting down on April 11.

A couple of Front Range resorts, Echo Mountain and Eldora, both of which got pounded by mid- and late-season storms, will extend to April 18, along with Ski Cooper near Leadville.

Monarch usually ceases winter operations in late March-early April, but a ton of late-season snow has given the Continental Divide resort reason to stay open until April 11. Also running until that date will be Granby Ranch.

According to ski area operators, part of the rationale for staying open longer is to satisfy the demand for time on the slopes that has been short-changed because of distancing capacity restrictions due to Covid-19.


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