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
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.
Parts of Montezuma Bowl and most of the Pali terrain are still open and the area has announced it will stay open into late June and possibly beyond, at least for limited weekend operations.
As of May 20, A-Basin’s season snowfall total was 428 inches, the seventh-snowiest on record, dating back to 1978. The snowiest season on record was the winter of 1979-1980, with 550 inches, the only season to with more than 500 inches. It’s not clear what happened to the snowfall records from before 1978.
This weekend features live music and the 10th annual Festival of the Brewpubs on May 29. Visit A-Basin online for all the beta.