Summit County ski areas offer up spring conditions and deals |

Summit County ski areas offer up spring conditions and deals

Julie Sutorsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Mark FoxThe lift maze at the Keystone's River Run Gondola was filled with skiers and riders Friday morning as fresh snow brought out locals and visitors alike. Several more inches could fall today as a winter storm moves through the mountain region.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County missed out on major snow from the most recent storm, but spring is still in full swing at local ski areas.”One day you have to wear extra sunscreen, and the next, you’re all bundled up,” said Breckenridge spokesperson Kristen Petitt. “This is what I would consider the heart of springtime skiing. Last year, we got a foot on closing weekend, so there can definitely still be more to come.”Conditions have held up, and prices have begun to drop as ski areas make the final push to lure skiers and riders for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season. Copper Mountain is offering free cat skiing on Tucker Mountain and in Copper Bowl on the weekends.”It’s been a fantastic spring break at Copper,” said spokeswoman Lauren Pelletreau. “We’ve been running the Tucker Mountain snowcat, and people are enjoying the groomed terrain as well as the back bowls. We’re in great shape.”Keystone and Breckenridge are offering lift ticket discounts of up to 40 percent when skiers and riders purchase them online before they arrive. Copper has unveiled a new product this season, dubbed the “Swinger’s Pass,” with which it aims to seduce Vail Resorts’ season passholders. During the last week of March and most of April, Copper will sell a single-day lift ticket for $39 when a customer presents a season pass from another resort at the ticket window.”People have been really excited about that. We’ve gotten a lot of folks to come over to Copper who haven’t skied or ridden here before,” Pelletreau said.Springtime deals on lodging and lift tickets are at their best in April and May. Checking online at resorts’ websites for last-minute deals is a sure-fire way to stretch your dollars to the maximum.The ski areas also have plenty to offer if you’re a music fan who’s pinching pennies. All ski areas in Summit have free concerts, rail jams and kids’ activities in store on the weekends from now until they close.”The spirit around town and on the mountain has been really fun. On St. Patrick’s Day, I met people who were here from Oklahoma, Missouri and the U.K.,” Petitt said. “When it’s spring break here, it feels like you’re at the center of the universe, since there are people here from all over the world.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-4630 or

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