Spring breakers

Spring offers some of Colorado's best for skiers, boarders

Skiers and riders don’t actually go crazy when the weather turns warm and the snow gets soft, but then, who are we to judge? Spring means the best of all worlds, both on and off the snow, at Colorado ski resorts. Here, spectators enjoy the fun of the Aspen/Snowmass pond-skimming contest.

Apparently, daylight saving time was invented by a skier concerned the sun would set before the fun ran out.

Why else would Colorado’s ski country be overflowing with the weird and outrageous just as the ski season is entering its final month?

Warm weather always brings out the best of the season, whether it’s the snow conditions or the festivities sponsored by the resorts aiming to reward the faithful for a winter’s worth of cold and to keep the memories alive during the summer layoff.

It certainly doesn’t hurt the party attitude when 19 of the state’s resorts reported double-digit snow totals heading into the final six weeks of the season and with a series of spring storms headed our way.

Also, many resorts will be offering special deals on tickets and lodging.

But as that renowned snowboarder and poet Geoffrey Chaucer noted way back in 1374, all good things must end. Most of the state’s resorts close around mid-April, but between then and now, they are going to pack in as much on- an off-the-slopes fun as possible.

Kick off your spring season Saturday when Powderhorn Mountain Resort hosts the second annual PH3, a triathlon starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Mesa Community Center.

The endurance race includes an 8.35-mile bike segment, a 2.03-mile ski or snowshoe climb to the top of the resort, and finally a ski or snowboard to the finish line at the bottom, another 1.44 miles away. Information and registration ($40 early, $50 day of race) is available at http://www.powderhorn.com.

Crested Butte Mountain Resort started off its spring last week with the Big Air on Elk contest, where participants launched themselves off a two-story high snow ramp, flew 55 feet and landed on another ramp, all midway along Elk Avenue.

The resort’s Skitown Breakdown is March 22, featuring music on the mountain all day and wrapping up with a 6:30 p.m. base-area concert by Matisyahu.

“Music and skiing or riding in springtime conditions go hand in hand,” said Scott Clarkson, vice president of sales and marketing at CBMR. “We’re a great Colorado ski town, and we will be breaking down with some fantastic music all over the mountain, all day long. It doesn’t get any better.”

For more information, go to http://www.skicb.com.

Aspen/Snowmass goes all out with the 14th annual Bud Light Spring Jam March 14-23, complete with concerts, competitions and spring-celebration parties.

Friday’s concerts start with the Johnny Cash cover band Cash’d Out, Saturday features the KickAspen Big Air contest under the lights at Aspen Mountain, and Sunday has the Fallen Friends Memorial Event.

The fun starts all over on March 21, with the new banked slalom race for snowboarders, more concerts and the popular Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls in Highland Bowl.

For more information, go to http://www.aspen/snowmass.com/events.

Telluride Ski Resort will be celebrating the end of winter with the Mountain Town Get Down March 28-30.

Events include live performances from the national reggae acts of John Brown’s Body and See-I along with local Telluride artists.

“This event is a way for locals and destination guests alike to celebrate the end of an incredible season,” said Brad Larsen, vice president of sales and marketing, adding, “It’s a great way to celebrate spring in American’s best ski town.”

The folks in the Yampa Valley might argue over who has America’s best ski town, but maybe later. They’re too busy getting ready for Steamboat Ski Resort’s Springalicious Festival April 1-13.

In addition to concerts, endurance races, the Cardboard Classic and the ever-popular Splashdown Pond Skimming Contest, you can pick up a special three-day April ticket for only $109.

For more information, go to http://www.steamboat.com.


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