Elvis Boden, right, from Virginia, takes a break from skiing and enjoys the warm temperatures at the Black Mountain Lodge at Arapahoe Basin June 02, 2018. A-Basin closes for the season tomorrow, Sunday June 03, 2018 and will have two lifts and seven runs open. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
CRESTED BUTTE — Rumor had it that in the not-too-distant past, folks at Crested Butte Mountain Resort shed their ski togs and bashed bumps in the buff on closing day. A friend assured me such things don’t happen anymore.
“It wasn’t a pretty sight,” she claimed.
True enough, when my wife and I last hit the slopes of Crested Butte on closing day, nary an Adam nor Eve on skis were to be seen. Instead of birthday suits, guys sported business suits and gals wore skirts and dresses. Others came clad in costumes not seen since Halloween.
Closing day at most Colorado ski resorts has become a zany excuse for letting loose and having a good time. Here’s a rundown on some of the activities at nearby resorts.
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Crested Butte (closes Sunday, April 7)
The weekend opens with SkiTown Breakdown, a Friday-Sunday music festival. On Saturday afternoon, it will have the Landshark Pond Skim, where costumed contestants slide across the water on skis and snowboards.
Aspen Buttermilk (closes Sunday, April 7)
Buttermilk will celebrate with Bacon Appreciation Day, featuring a schedule of all things bacon. The morning will offer a Fueled by Bacon Sizzle Up uphill event. Music, hot tubs and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps restaurant fills the afternoon.
Keystone (closes Sunday, April 7)
The resort will celebrate with its end-of-season Slush Cup pond skimming competition for both kids and adults. Participants are encouraged to dress up in creative costumes and compete for prizes. A smaller, Kidtopia Slush Cup will offer a separate, smaller pond for contestants aged 6-12.
Steamboat (closes Sunday, April 14)
On closing day, Steamboat will offer its annual Splashdown Pond Skim, where skiers and snowboarders skim across an icy pool with awards for costumes and style. The day closes out with a free concert featuring the Wailers on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.
Aspen Highlands (closes daily Sunday, April 14; also open Friday-Sunday April 19-21 and April 26-28)
Aspen Highlands does not formally host closing-day events, but that does not stop the fun. Folks dress in zany attire, the Cloud Nine Mountain Bistro features duded-up servers and, at day’s end, a huge, bar-sponsored party with music erupts in the base area.
Winter Park (closes Sunday, April 21)
The Spring Bash and Splash begins on Saturday with a Sweatin’ to the Oldies workout and 1980s-theme costume contest. Sunday will feature an Easter egg hunt for little tikes, followed by the Spring Splash, where participants struggle through obstacles before skimming across an icy pond.
Aspen Mountain (closes Sunday, April 21)
A 1980s-era prom with a DJ spinning tunes runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sundeck. Those in the era’s attire can compete to be named the prom’s king and queen.
Snowmass (closes Sunday, April 21)
Elk Camp restaurant at Snowmass will host an end-of-season party on Saturday, April 20, featuring free leis, a dance party and margarita blender bikes. At party’s end, folks can ski down to the base in just their swimsuits. New this year will be a pond skim for skiers and snowboarders.
Copper Mountain (closes Sunday, April 21)
On Saturday, April 20, Copper Mountain’s SlopeSoakers combines rail sliding with a pond skim. Sunday brings the world’s largest Easter egg hunt with 65,000 eggs spread over 2,500 acres. The Retro Shred-a-Thon fundraiser will allow folks to sport throwback gear, including long poles, straight skis and more.
Vail (closes Sunday, April 21)
While nothing special is planned closing weekend, Colorado’s largest ski resort will be offering Spring Back to Vail on April 11-14 with free concerts at Ford Park and the 17th annual World Pond Skimming Championships with the winners garnering a Vail Resorts Epic Pass and other prizes.
Loveland, Breckenridge and A-Basin (all tentatively closing in May or beyond)
With weather determining the ultimate closing date, just the fact that you can still go skiing is reason enough to venture up to the slopes.
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