Where did Colorado’s ski season go?
First it was Howelsen Hill–it closed for the season on March 15. Then came Powderhorn (March 23) and Sunlight (April 1). You spent your first April Sunday closing out the season at Crested Butte, Telluride or Wolf Creek. The following weekend you made your final turns of the season at Aspen Highlands, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Monarch, Snowmass or Steamboat. And just when it seemed like winter had actually returned, bringing snow to the Rockies that had been needed since a warm spell took over in March, you were grabbing as many powder runs as you could at Aspen Mountain, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain or Vail.
But now you see there’s still snow in the forecast, and you know that the mountains got hammered, or about as hammered as they could get when a snowstorm comes in mid-April, with fresh snow. As much as you may have been ready to start biking, golfing, hiking and running in the mountains, you’re always up for a few more ski days.
Problem is, where can you ski? With 22 Colorado ski resorts already closed for the season, you don’t have as many options as you’d have in February. But hey, we all know some skiing is better than no skiing. And here are the spots still open for skiing and riding in Colorado.
- Arapahoe Basin. It strives to be the first resort to open for the season, and A Basin has also gained a reputation as staying open the longest. In a good snow year, you’ll find skiers taking turns here on the Fourth of July. In 2015, A Basin has a planned closing date of early June. Although that date may have been looking a little iffy when it felt like summer on the mountain in early April, the latest storm cycle brought more than two feet of snow to the mountain, meaning there’s a good chance you could be skiing for five or six more weeks. Don’t forget: If you hold an Epic Pass, it works here.
- Loveland Ski Area. Bring your fat skis and maybe a snorkel if you’re thinking about skiing Loveland. Here’s a spot that received roughly three feet of snow in the last week from the storm system that settled itself over Colorado. Now that’s some powder. One small problem: You only have until May 3 to ski it.
- Winter Park Resort. Talk about going out with a bang in its 75th season. Not only is Winter Park open for another weekend–closing day is April 26–but it also benefited from the latest storm, receiving roughly two feet of snow in four days. At 71 inches, Winter Park has one of the best base totals Colorado has seen all winter. With Springtopia underway, there’s plenty more to do than simply ski during closing weekend. Think giveaways, concerts and pond skimming.