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Summit County: The Tiki Bar is open — but winter lingers

Campgrounds open, trails muddy, marina operations are limited and … look out for floods. It’s a mixed bag for the traditional start of the summer season in the high country.

Who says there aren't any lodgepole pines left in Summit County? Denver resident Wayne Trujillo and some frirends brought their tents, canoes and fishing poles, along with a couple of kegs of home-brewed stout for the first outdoor weekend of the summer season, and found a fine spot at Heaton Bay Campground.

SUMMIT COUNTY — All of Summit County’s campgrounds are open for business this Memorial Day, according to the U.S. Forest Service, but rangers are warning of the potential for high water across much of the White River National Forest.

“Stream crossings can be particularly dangerous as they can change radically during the day. Warming weather will cause rapidly increasing snow melt and run off as the day progresses,” said Rich Doak, recreation staff officer for the white river national forest. “This can cause stream levels to rise quickly and without warning. The public is also cautioned against dispersed camping in low lying areas adjacent to streams,” he added. Continue reading

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Summit County: Winter remix on Memorial Day

Keystone re-opens for snow tubing and terrain park sessions; Arapahoe Basin still going strong with a 97-inch base and 70 percent of its terrain open going into the holiday weekend

This year, there was powder skiing well into May at Arapahoe Basin.

SUMMIT COUNTY — After one of the snowiest winters in recent memory, Keystone will celebrate the traditional start of the summer season with a winter remix, including a fresh rail setup, a terrain park with 20 features and some Hawaiian-flavored snow tubing at Adventure Point.

The action starts Friday, May 27 and continues all weekend long, through May 30, with access to the terrain park just $18 for pass holders and $25 for non-pass holders. Along with the snowy fun on Dercum Mountain, the resort is also opening for scenic gondola rides, kids activities in the village and a free BMX stunt show on Sunday, May 29. Mountain biking on Keystone Mountain will be limited during the weekend, as late-season snow and cool weather have delayed the season, but the Summit recpath system is clear. A full schedule is online here.

Meanwhile, at Arapahoe Basin, the ski season is still in high gear, with some of the best late-season conditions in recent memory. The ski area is reporting a 97-inch base with 70 percent of its terrain still open. On his blog, A-Basin chief Alan Henceroth said the ski area will keep as much terrain open as conditions and demand warrant. Continue reading

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