As the ski season winds down in the high country, and Front Range visitors begin to think about soccer and springtime, winter activities are still in full swing here in the mountains. As daylight hours lengthen and temperatures oh-so-slowly begin to climb, snow texture changes to spring conditions. And what conditions they are; from mashed potatoes to powder days, spring can hold it all. So what we are saying is- don't put your skis away just yet. This years gigantic snow totals means extended seasons for all the local mountains. Importantly, the lingering sunlight and warmer afternoons means après ski can begin to migrate outside to winters long neglected decks. And for some, après and skiing mix into one very special Summit County tradition- Beachin at the Basin. What may be the worlds highest parking lot party, spring days at Arapaho Basin belong to the revelers, the ski bums and anyone willing to bring a beach chair, sit in the back of a pickup truck, grill up some BBQ, enjoy a few beverages and savor the last of the ski seasons lift served laps. Bring your sunscreen, your cooler, and arrive early for a coveted front row spot.
Don't miss Spring Fever in Breck, with concerts, contests, events and more.
And what about when the ski areas close, but summer has yet to begin? Shoulder season, also descriptively known as mud season, is an interesting time in a ski town. Those who live here year round take a collective sigh and gather ourselves after another massive season of powder days, snow removal, entertaining visitors, and all the various pressures of living in one of the worlds most beloved ski destinations.
And then we go to the desert. Yes, all of us. And we become the tourists in Moab, Delta and Fruita. And we ride bikes and hike and camp and blink into the sun like the cave people we are. A few who draw short straws stay behind to make sure food, drink, health care and groceries are available. Joking! Just checking to see if you are still reading. But it is a great time to travel. From day trips to Salida and various hot springs, to the further reaching desert destinations, many in the high country use this opportunity to recharge batteries. In the ski towns themselves you'll find lodging deals, 2 for 1 dining options, easy parking and a post-season welcome slow pace. Just watch out for the mud.