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Five Colo. resorts for spring skiing

By Piper Russell, The Gazette
Published: April 13, 2024, 5:07am

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The winter season has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the ski season is over quite yet. Spring skiing offers great conditions, including warmer weather, sunny ski days and goggle tans.

Here are some of Colorado’s best resorts for closing out the ski season.

  • 1. Arapahoe Basin Ski & Snowboard Area

Expected closing date: June 2

Arapahoe Basin boasts Colorado’s longest winter ski season, usually stretching from October to June. The resort has some of North America’s highest-elevation terrain, so it’s no surprise that it’s a great place to head for some late season skiing. During some years, this ski area will be open until July — but it all depends on conditions.

  • 2. Breckenridge Ski Resort

Expected closing date: May 12

With its base elevation of 9,600 feet and the highest chairlift in North America (Imperial Superchair), Breckenridge provides great spring skiing. Breckenridge keeps intermediate-and-above-level terrain open for late spring operations. Base area access out of Peak 8 will run through April 28, and after that, all access will be out of Peak 7 via the Independence SuperChair. Zendo Chair and Kensho SuperChair, on Peak 6, will also continue to operate after April 15.

  • 3. Winter Park Resort

Expected closing date: May 19

As well as having one of Colorado’s longest ski seasons, Winter Park hosts the Spring Bash + Splash to close out the season, complete with four weekends of live concerts, themed parties and more. Winter Park also offers a deal for spring skiing, in which you can choose any three days to ski or ride for $100 per day from April 1 until closing.

  • 4. Vail Ski Resort

Expected closing date: April 21

Vail is Colorado’s biggest ski resort and as such, has great variety for spring skiing. Skiers can enjoy the mountain well into the afternoon, then head down to the village for the ski scene, shops and more.

  • 5. Copper Mountain Ski Resort

Expected closing date: May 5

Copper hosts a plethora of fun springtime festivities to close out the season, including the annual Sunsation Festival. Sunsation includes live music, parties and other activities.