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Beaver Creek closes for ski season

Visiting from Boulder, Tsungyen Hsieh was surprised to discover himself in the right place at the right time Saturday when the daily 2:30 p.m. chocolate covered strawberry giveaway commenced outside Spruce Saddle at Beaver Creek. Thinking quickly, he grabbed one for his fiancee, Christine Liang.

BEAVER CREEK — Conditions on the slopes should be great for Closing Day as a crowd of spring backers mixes with families celebrating the Easter holiday.

Beaver Creek Mountain ends the season today with a mid-mountain base of more than 50 inches and 269 total inches recorded this season.

Snowboarder David Mokros, a part-time Avon resident, said he’s been very pleased with the conditions all season. He and his wife, Leanne, have snowboarded more than 50 days this season. He said the April 3 and April 4 powder days were a late season highlight for him.

“I was just lapping Screech Owl, and nobody was there,” he said. “I think this season has been awesome.”

Rose Bowl and the trails accessed from the Centennial Express Lift (No. 6), Birds of Prey Lift (No. 9), Grouse Mountain Express (No. 10), and Cinch Express (No. 8) will remain open until 4 p.m. today.

In town from Castle Rock, Steve Clark said he had been lapping the terrain atop the mountain, accessed by the Cinch chair.

“All that stuff skiers right of Cinch has been really good for the last few days,” he said.

EASTER OVERLAP

With Beaver Creek’s closing weekend overlapping with the Easter holiday this year, Saturday began as you might expect, with egg hunts in various places throughout the county.

Sasha Strickland took part in an egg hunt before heading out to the slopes on Saturday. Adorned with a pink Batman helmet cover, a purple shirt, sky blue pants and a pastel purple skirt with pastel green, yellow and pink trim, the 5-year-old was the picture of an Easter skier. She skied with her parents, Anitra and Dana Strickland, who said they wanted to come up from Boulder for closing weekend.

“The egg hunt was great for the kids,” Anitra Strickland said.

Marion Seinfeld, also five, wore a pink and purple Easter outfit. She skied with her father, Josh Seinfeld, who said the family wanted to come up to Beaver Creek from Denver for the closing weekend.

“It’s great spring conditions,” he said. “She has been loving it this season. This year was her first year where she really started getting it.”

KEEPING SAFETY IN MIND

With the large presence of kids on the slopes on Saturday, Steve Clark said he had been thinking a lot about skier safety.

A skier and snowboarder for more than 40 years, Clark said he had never had an encounter with any safety issues until a few years ago, he ducked into an out-of-bounds area looking for some soft snow. He lost his pass privileges as a result, and took the National Ski Patrol’s safety class as part of his pass reinstatement obligations. The class changed the way he views the mountain, he said.

“I can’t believe I skied for 41 years without ever thinking about that stuff,” he said. “It teaches you right away what is the wrong thing to do.”

Going too fast on beginner terrain and having more awareness for you surroundings are the main things Clark says he thinks would be corrected if more people took a skier safety class.

“I’d like to see everyone take that class, it would save lives,” he said. “I know, for myself, I think about it a lot, especially on weekend like this one where there’s lot of kids around.”

Beaver Creek Mountain will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today.


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