Sprinkle in some schussing to your May Posted By Emily on

Chillaxing along A-Basin's Beach with Ullr the dog and a brat.Coloradoans love to talk about the weather. Wintertime in the Front Range means the occasional 50-degree beautiful day, accompanied with many such marvels as, “Can you believe it’s December? December!”

Summer is about to saunter around the corner, prompting most recreationalists to hang up their ski gear. Though I reckon we have at least a few base-layer ski days to enjoy before complete devotion to raft and backpacking trips begins.

With yesterday’s season closure of Loveland ski resort, A-Basin will provide the last bastion for lift-served turns in Colorado through early June (A-basin will be the second to last ski resort open this year in North America, skiers at Snowbird can schuss through mid-June).

If you’re not into skiing mashed potato moguls in bluebird conditions (which I happen to adore), A-basin has concerts and events to entertain through closing day, currently projected June 6.


A-Basin’s May 2011 lineup:

Friday, May 13, 2:30-5:30 p.m.: High Five

Saturday, May 14, noon: iROC

Friday, May 20, 2:30-5:30 p.m.: Todd Johnson

Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m.: The Hazel Miller Band

Saturday, May 28, 1-4 p.m.: Coral Creek

Sunday, May 29, 1-4 p.m.: The New Classics Band


One of my favorite parts about spring skiing, though, is not feeling guilty about lazy mornings. I find that by sleeping in on Saturdays (and wait for the snow to soften up), it’s easy to finagle a parking spot in the lower lot from someone who skied the morning shift. If you’re really lucky, you can get a beach spot. The sought-after beach spot provides excellent people watching and is quite possibly the ultimate tailgating locale.

It begs the question, though, if I take two runs then chillax on the beach and grill a brat, does that count as a ski day?



Freelance writer Emily Palm is an outdoor enthusiast and ski columnist who specializes in human-interest profiles, environmental articles, and outdoor and adventure writing.


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