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Old 02-22-2012, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Breckenridge / Keystone / Vail early April

I'm going to visit a friend of mine in early April in Breckenridge. Has anyone been on there at around this time of year. My friend lives in Breck itself and recently found out about SnowCat trips to the summit of Keystone early on pow days for $5, can somebody verify this?
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This is the southwest forum, might wanna post this elsewhere for more responses.
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Old 02-23-2012, 04:56 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm going to visit a friend of mine in early April in Breckenridge. Has anyone been on there at around this time of year. My friend lives in Breck itself and recently found out about SnowCat trips to the summit of Keystone early on pow days for $5, can somebody verify this?

Yes, Keystone does $5 rides up to a bowl. Or for free, you can just hike the cat track to the top. Not sure if they do that all season or close it off at a certain point or not.

FYI by Mid-April all 3 of those resorts will be closed for the season... so don't wait too long after "early" April. For example, Keystone closes April 8 and Vail closes April 15.
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Yes, Keystone does $5 rides up to a bowl. Or for free, you can just hike the cat track to the top. Not sure if they do that all season or close it off at a certain point or not.

FYI by Mid-April all 3 of those resorts will be closed for the season... so don't wait too long after "early" April. For example, Keystone closes April 8 and Vail closes April 15.
I will be there April 2-8. I have no option on the dates its spring break for me but that you for the advice. I'll take spring corn all day after this dry season we've had here in the east.

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I'll be in Vail March 24-31 and even if conditions arent great, any day on the slopes is better than a day in the office back home!!!!
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I will be there April 2-8. I have no option on the dates its spring break for me but that you for the advice. I'll take spring corn all day after this dry season we've had here in the east.

I wasn't saying that the resorts will close because of shitty snow, if thats what you were assuming I meant. There very well could be corn snow, but there also could be great snow. Last year, closing day or the day after Vail closed, they got like 2 feet.

The reason I brought up those dates is because most of the resorts actually lease the land from the National Forest, which defines the opening and closing dates for each resort.

April 2-8 everything will still be open though, I would assume. And for others that do read this thread, A-basin and Loveland stay open much longer than mid-April (if there is still snow) as they aren't on government land. Last year A-basin stayed open until July 4th.
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That lease has a lot less to do with the resorts closing than you think. In fact almost nothing to do with it. It's the economics of running the lifts after April. The business ain't there. If they wanted to stay open longer, about all they would have to do is send an email to the Forest service letting them know they want to do that.
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Among the Epic Pass resorts, is A-Basin the only one that stays open later? Also, what other resorts in CO (the whole state) stay open past April?
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Loveland. They are generally open through the first week of May.

Wolf Creek often times opens on weekends until the end of April.

After that, A-Basin is the only game in town. They are also the only Epic Pass guy that stays open late.
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I wasn't saying that the resorts will close because of shitty snow, if thats what you were assuming I meant. There very well could be corn snow, but there also could be great snow. Last year, closing day or the day after Vail closed, they got like 2 feet.

The reason I brought up those dates is because most of the resorts actually lease the land from the National Forest, which defines the opening and closing dates for each resort.

April 2-8 everything will still be open though, I would assume. And for others that do read this thread, A-basin and Loveland stay open much longer than mid-April (if there is still snow) as they aren't on government land. Last year A-basin stayed open until July 4th.
I was not assuming about the snow quality.... I actually have alot of fun on corn. Before booking my trip i looked at the historical snowfall records and they seem to had received alot of snow the last week of march and first week april with the consideration with how strange this winter has been i wouldn't doubt having some epic dumpage.
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