Five Peaks ski mountaineering race among the big spring comps at Breckenridge ski area
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Along with plenty of slopeside concerts and dining deals, Vail Resorts is offering a two-week season-ending pass for $199, valid at Breckenridge, Vail and Beaver Creek from April 10 through to closing day on April 24. For more info, go to www.vail.com, www.breckenridge.com or call (800) 404-3535.
It’s not quite the ski-free deal that Crested Butte once offered in the days of yore, but should help boost late-season skiing a bit, as Vail’s Colorado ski areas stay open later into the spring than they have in quite some time.
To get things rolling, Breckenridge will host the Five Peaks ski mountaineering race April 9, covering 8,000 vertical feet on five separate climbs and descents in and around the ski area on Peaks 7, 8, 9 and 10. The Five Peaks race is sponsored by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center and contestants must be equipped with basic mountaineering and avalanche rescue gear.
Competitors should be able to quench their thirst afterward at the spring beer festival at Main Street Station Plaza, featuring 25 brewers and live bands.
The Imperial Challenge, Breckenridge’s classic spring triathlon, will fall in the middle of the spring celebrations on April 16 this year, and concerts are scheduled for the Peak 8 base area every Saturday and Sunday.
Keystone is closing a bit earlier, the resort will rock to end the season with the sounds of Robert Earl Keen, playing a free April 9 concert from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Vail’s late-season includes the Taste of Vail, April 7-9, featuring delicacies from some of the town’s finest chefs, wine tasting, a mountaintop picnic and the Colorado Lamb Cookoff.
Vail will also rock with with street parties and concerts by Train, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, The Greyboy Allstars, Shpongle, Stephen Marley and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.
Beaver Creek will end the season with a vintage ski fest and race, with participant clad in wool and using old wood or metal skis to compete on a Hay Meadows race course, harking back to an era when the Vail Valley was a sheep pasture. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Costume as well as top honors in several racing categories. Join the competition or stop by as a spectator. For information call (970) 754-4636.