Copper & Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

Closing Day: April 13 & early June
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Arapahoe Basin, Colorado Skiing
Arapahoe Basin, often called simply A-Basin, is home to one of the longest ski seasons in the country (courtesy, Colorado Ski Country)

Copper Mountain's summit elevation of 12,300 feet makes great late-season snow coverage a pretty safe bet. For the eighth consecutive year, the last two weekends of Copper's ski season will be celebrated with free live music at the Sunsation bash, held April 4–6 and April 11–13. In the past, these two weekends have featured free performances from some well-known musicians such as Michael Franti & Spearhead, Galactic, De La Soul, John Popper Project, and Rusted Root. This year's line-up has yet to be announced, but it's guaranteed to be a memorable way to end the season.

Lodging starts at $128 per night for a silver hotel

This winter, Arapahoe Basin had its earliest opening in the resort's 61-year history. The mountain welcomed skiers on October 10 when most parts of the country were enjoying a dose of Indian Summer. Its summit elevation of 13,000 feet often enables A-Basin to stay open until June, making this home to one of the longest ski seasons in the country.

When most people are hitting the real beach on Memorial Day weekend, this resort brings the beach vibe to the snow with the Memorial Weekend Beach Party/6th Annual Festival of the Brew Pubs. Skiers can spend the day sampling beer from a variety of Summit County brewpubs for one price per 14-ounce mug. Participating breweries include Pug Ryan's, Breckenridge, Dillon Dam, Backcountry, and Wolf Rock. Live music is featured in the base area.

Two nights lodging in Keystone and a two-day ski pass at Arapahoe Basin will run you $65 to $85 per person/per night in a studio or a one- or two-bedroom condo (quad occupancy). Double occupancy rates are also available. These rates are valid now thru May 15, 2008. Call Key To The Rockies Lodging at 800.248.1942 or visit

Published: 13 Feb 2008 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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