Another classic Closing Day at Beaver Creek
BEAVER CREEK — With 260 cumulative inches for the season, the mountain may not have hit its average this year. But people celebrating the season on Sunday didn’t much care about that.
Those people wanted spring sun to end the season, and while most of the day took place under cloudy skies, the last two hours of Beaver Creek’s Closing Day were about as classic a sunny spring day as you could ask for.
And all and all, it was a pretty good year, valley locals said.
“I came for the winters and stayed for the winters,” said local skier Sean Hanagan. “And I wasn’t disappointed this year. We had some good powder days.”
Hanagan ended the season the way he started the season — in an oversized woolly mammoth one-piece ski suit. While the outfit has become his signature, on Sunday he was just another guy in a large furry costume. Sasquatch suits, the vanilla Yeti, pink gorillas, moose antlers, devil horns and Scooby-Doo all could be found on Beaver Creek Mountain on Sunday.
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Actual waterproof material was the rarity, while jean trousers, polyester leisure suit bottoms and even cotton dress slacks were much more common. Vail resident Stephanie Boyd wore purple velvet pants. Jarrett Davis, of Edwards, was in a full-on tuxedo.
“I wanted to class it up a little,” he said.
There weren’t the usual amount of slow signs adorning the hill in the afternoon, and a helmeted skier wasn’t nearly as common a sight as a quinquagenarian in a summer bandana and sunglasses.
Nevertheless, Avon Police Lt. Greg Daly, who was enjoying the slopes as a uniformed officer on skis, said people had generally observed a good policy of self-governance.
“Nothing major to report, other than people having a great day and enjoying the spring snow,” he said.
Another official on the snow, Avon Councilman Jake Wolf, was a recognizable sight on his WinterWonderGrass snowboard, which was custom made by Weston Snowboards in Minturn.
“You can’t beat it out here,” he said as he tried to get as many laps as he could.
While the decks became a reunion area of sorts for locals such as Hanagan and Wolf, visitors could be found enjoying the runs on Beaver Creek Mountain as well. Dave and Kathleen Paglia, of New Hampshire, decided not to ski. They hung out on a deck and enjoy the afternoon sun.
“It’s perfect here at the bottom,” Dave Paglia said.
Families were enjoying the day, as well. Dan Piliero, of Edwards, was out with his children, Theo, 6, and Mia, 7, both snowboarders.
“Next week we may go to Breck,” he said.
Wolf said he’ll be keeping it closer to home.
“I’m going to try to go to Vail every day,” he said.
Vail will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day through Sunday and plans to leave more than 1,900 acres of terrain and eight high-speed lifts open, including Chair 5.