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Spring into Memorial Weekend with some skiing at Arapahoe Basin and Aspen

Spring skiing at Arapahoe Basin is one of the treats the high country of Colorado provides.  You can ski in morning and have a round of golf in the afternoon. In the photo two skiers kick off the upper cornice at A Basin.
Copyright Jerome Shaw 2014 /

Spring looks a bit different in Colorado than it does in many parts of the country. One day we'll have sunshine and 80 degrees and the next we'll get fresh snow in the mountains. While skiing in May isn't for everyone and the snow isn't the champagne powder the Colorado Rockies are famous for, a day on the slopes of Arapahoe Basin is something that everyone should experience at least once. It is a bucket list kind of day to carve a few turns wearing shorts or apres skiing on the sundeck in your bikini.

Skiing is just part of the attraction to a spring day on the mountain. Working on your tan while enjoying a BBQ at 11,000 feet is another. It can also be a thrill just to get up high on a glorious spring day in the mountains for a hike, a bike or a picnic.

You can also quench your thirst for craft beer and get a commemorative mug for $25 at the 13th Annual Festival of the Brewpubs Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:00pm-4:00pm at Arapahoe Basin, There will be 12 breweries and live music Breweries include Pug Ryan’s, Dillon Dam, AC Golden, Avery, O'Dells, Oskar Blues, Wynkoop, Tivoli, Twisted Pine, Breckenridge Brewery, Left Hand, and Elevation.

Venerable Ajax Mountain in Aspen, Colorado is opening for late season skiing. The top of Aspen Mountain will be open for skiing and riding on Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-26. With a base depth of 53 inches on top, the mountain have 21 runs and nearly 130 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain open and served by the Ajax Express chairlift.

Skiing and riding will be from the 11,212-foot summit via the Silver Queen Gondola from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The gondola will be running from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. with last ride down at 4:30 p.m.. The Ajax Express chairlift will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open for dining and beverages.

Aspen/Snowmass Premier and 6-and-under passholders ride free with their 2013-14 winter passes. All other Aspen/Snowmass passholders pay a discounted rate of $18. For non-passholders, skiing/riding tickets will be $36 per day for ages 13 and up. Children’s (age 4-12) tickets will be $24. Tickets will be sold at the Aspen Mountain ticket kiosk on Gondola Plaza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sightseeing tickets will be available at 10% off; just $17 for one ride, or $26 for the Perfect Summer Package, which includes unlimited rides for the three- day weekend, plus a $10 lunch voucher at the Sundeck. Tickets can also be purchased at the Aspen Mountain ticket kiosk, online at and over the phone by calling 970-923-1227 Aspen Skiing Company

Four-Mountain Sports, located at 520 E Durant Street, will be renting skis and snowboards at 50 percent off the daily rate and will be open for rentals from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aspen Mountain will be open for the summer on weekends through June 15. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will open for daily summer operations beginning June 20.

Jerome also writes for Travel Boldly. Read his recent post about wild nights at Mazatlan Carnival

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