All good things must come to an end eventually. The same can be said of the lift-served ski season in Colorado. Arapahoe Basin in Summit County, Colorado is going to close with a bang on the Fourth of July.
The snow has been holding up very well due to cool nights up there and an extremely deep snowpack leftover from winter. It was nice to see 6 inches of fresh snow this past week but it has long since melted away.
Arapahoe Basin will be open the remainder of this weekend and will be open July 1,2,3 and 4. The lift hours are 8:30 to 2:30 pm. Lift tickets are $39. A-Basin passes from the 2010-11 season are still valid.
I've been going up on select weekend days with a Lenz Sport Launch and a Lenz Sport Alpine Brawler for the past month. The riding is really good but the bare patches are starting to peek through and runs are being closed or narrowed to save the snow. I'm taking this weekend off due to a reckless snowboarder plowing into me last weekend.
After A-Basin closes, one can still always go skibiking in the Colorado backcountry. Hiking St Mary's glacier is a summer tradition. The snow can get rather suncuppy up there though.
Get out and enjoy the last days of winter sport activities. The heat of summer is here.
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