- Saturday, April 5, 2008, 9:30 a.m.
- Steamboat Ski Area, Mount Werner Road, Steamboat Springs
Closing day across Colorado
What ski resorts are doing to celebrate the season.
- Copper Mountain: Now in its eighth year, Copper uses two weekends of April skiing for "Sunsation," with live music by Susan Tedeschi, deSoL, Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution, Eek-A-Mouse, George Clinton & P-Funk Allstars, Band of Heathens and Matisyahu.
- Winter Park: Winter Park does a three-part "Spring Blast": Dummy Downhill and music on March 29 and 30, a carnival-style family weekend April 6, and a 1980s-themed party April 12 and 13, with music by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and Great American Taxi.
- Keystone: Keystone hosts Volcom Stone's Peanut Butter & Rail Jam amateur snowboarding competition April 12.
- A-Basin: With a late closing date, A-Basin hosts free concerts throughout May, culminating with the seventh annual Festival of the Brewpubs and Memorial Weekend Beach Party on May 25.
- Vail: Starting the end-of-season events April 7, Vail goes through the weekend with ticketed performances by Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Kottonmouth Kings and Gov't Mule. They also do a pond-skimming competition.
- Aspen/Snowmass: With closing days on April 6 and 13, Aspen and Snowmass host a late-March concert series, the Bud Light Spring Jam. Featured artists include De La Soul and Ky-Mani Marley.
Steamboat Springs Closing day is earlier, Cardboard Classic is smaller and music acts remain for the Steamboat Ski Area's final weekend of the 2007-08 season.
The first annual "Springalicious" two-day event features a "Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition" and performances by blues-guitarist Susan Tedeschi, classic rockers The Radiators and local ragers American Relay.
For the first time in 28 years, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will charge an entry fee and place a limit on the number of crafts for Cardboard Classic. Competitors must pay $10 and be one of 50 teams to register on a first-come, first-served basis to stand a chance at sliding cardboard and duct-tape contraptions down the hill.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. March 31 at the Steamboat Information Center in Gondola Square. Entry fees will be donated to Yampa Valley Recycles.
"It's an opportunity for us to give to a very worthwhile local organization," said Ski Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen, adding that the entry fee and registration will make the event run smoother.
"This allows people who spent a lot of time and resources on their craft to come down and register early and get a spot. We have a lot of other things planned for the weekend, so we're just trying to keep everything on time," Thomsen said.
The Springalicious Festival debuts Splashdown, which places a pool of icy water at the base area and dares skiers and riders to cross it on their planks and boards. Entries will be limited to 75 people and cost $25. Participants will be judged for style, costume, distance and crowd reaction.
"We've seen a lot of great stuff, but we haven't seen it all," Thomsen said. "I want to see people going all out with costumes and having fun and making a great craft."
The extended music schedule and pond-skimming competition are similar to closing-weekend events at ski resorts across Colorado, including those at Intrawest-owned Copper Mountain.
Copper's "Sunsation" features music by Tedeschi, along with performances from Matisyahu, George Clinton & P-Funk Allstars and Eek-A-Mouse. The event relies heavily on Front Range visitors, said Copper Mountain Public Relations Coordinator David Roth.
"Definitely, that's one of our biggest draws for those, is the Front Range for sure," Roth said.
Thomsen said there are no firm plans for what will be included in Springalicious weekends in coming seasons.
"It's a tradition for us to do kind of a last closing weekend as a thank you to the community and season pass holders who have been out that winter and supported us," she said.
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