Wait, what month is it again? As Colorado approaches the end of the season, it’s suddenly feeling like mid-February. We’re happy to report that the vast majority of Colorado ski resorts received eight inches of snow within the last 72 hours and there’s more snow in the forecast into the weekend. Most Colorado ski resorts are set to close this coming Sunday, April 14, and there’s another potential storm on track for next week that could drop even more fresh powder for some the remaining resorts that will be open: such as Aspen Highlands and Winter Park. Sometimes the stars align, and it’s looking like that’s the case for closing days at Colorado ski resorts. So, no matter where you go for closing weekend in Colorado, you can bet you’ll enjoy prime conditions, plus all the end-of-the-season celebrations. Here’s a rundown of activities and conditions you can expect for Colorado ski resorts closing days.
Vail Closing Day
Thanks to 12 inches of new snow in the last week, Vail’s Back Bowls and Blue Sky Basin will be open and skiing great through closing day on April 14. Like its terrain, Vail closing day is big. Vail has been celebrating its 50 years all season long. So, closing weekend will be party to end a year-long party, so to speak. So, be ready. There are endless après parties all over the base villages, a stacked list of live concerts, including O.A.R., Sublime with Rome and reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and of course the World Pond Skimming Championships at Golden Peak. Book your last minute Vail Closing Day vacation.
Breckenridge Closing Day
If the concerts−Matisyahu and Colorado-native band 3OH!3 − don’t convince you to join the ruckus festivities of Breckenridge Closing Weekend, then the fresh 11 inches of powder should. Be sure to cheer on the competitors in the Imperial Challenge, a unique snow triathlon of sorts that includes a six mile bike to the base of Peak 8, and then an ascent to the top of Peak 8, and a descent back to the bottom. Book your last minute Breckenridge Closing Day vacation.
Aspen Mountain & Snowmass Closing Day
With a whopping 14 new inches of snow, Aspen/Snowmass seemed to fare best from this recent storm. Conditions will surely be prime for closing celebrations at both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. For ultimate hilarity, you’ll want to head to Snowmass’ Schneetag−German word for “snow day” event. Costumed participants perform silly dances before sending themselves and their handmade craft into frigid water. And don’t forget, Aspen Highlands is open until April 21, and with more snow in the forecast, you might want to consider a last minute Aspen ski vacation.
Steamboat Closing Day
Steamboat Springs is renowned as a “snow vortex,” it’s often a Colorado leader in annual snowfall, and this year was no different. Steamboat recently surpassed the 300-inch mark, so closing weekend conditions will certainly deliver. Be sure to check out the silliness of Steamboat’s 33rd Annual Cardboard Classic. Teams construct cardboard crafts and ride them into a freezing pond. There’s also traditional, costumed pond skim to keep the laughs coming. And don’t miss jamgrass band Missed the Boat, who will be performing on April 13. Book your last minute Steamboat Closing Day vacation.
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com managing the website and blog content, I couldn't be happier. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.