String of Spring Storms Continue to Leave Mark on Colorado

Courtesy Echo Mountain. Yeah, you read that right.

Denver, Colo. – April 20, 2009 – April has brought a significant amount of snow to Colorado as storms continue to drum across Ski Country. Colorado resorts received a walloping from Mother Nature this weekend with accumulating snow totals up to 60 inches at some resorts. The weekend was marked by significant snowfall totals and end-of-the season celebrations. The snow storm took it's time crossing the state over the weekend and in its wake left 62 inches of new snow at Arapahoe Basin and 60 inches at Echo Mountain.

Both Arapahoe Basin and Echo Mountain remain open for the 2008-09 season. Echo Mountain has extended the season and will open for the weekend of May 2nd and 3rd. The resort is operating under spring hours for skiing and riding and will host the annual Last Park Standing park competition and party. Details can be found at www.echomtnpark.com

Arapahoe Basin, the Colorado resort with the longest ski season, is gearing up for the Big Air Competition and the 7th Annual Marmot Grind, both happening this week. The resort is scheduled to close for the season in late May.

Colorado's weekend storm pummeled both Loveland Ski Area and Winter Park Resort with 34 inches of fresh snow. While Winter Park closed for the season on Sunday, Loveland remains open for skiing and riding until early May with a unique offer for pass holders from other areas. For the remainder of their season, Loveland is offering discount lift tickets to anyone that presents a 2008-2009 season pass from another ski area. "We would like to remind people that the ski season isn’t over until you say it is,” said John Sellers, marketing director at Loveland Ski Area. “Loveland would like to invite season pass holders from other ski areas to come see what Loveland is all about at a discounted rate. If your mountain is closed for the season, but you still want to make some turns in this great, spring snow, just show your season pass at the ticket window and you can purchase a lift ticket for only $30.”

In the central mountains, the winter-like storm socked Aspen Highlands with more than 15 inches of fresh snow. The resort will be open for two more days this season, April 25th and 26th. Skiers and riders will be able to use the Exhibition, Loge Peak, Cloud Nine and Deep Temerity lifts that will run daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing access to the entire mountain including Highland Bowl (conditions permitting). Lift tickets will be offered at $39 per day for adults. Youth and seniors can purchase tickets for $29 and children's tickets will be $19. Additionally, Aspen/Snowmass will offer current season passholders from any other resort in the country, discounted lift tickets at $19. Furthermore, select lodging accommodations are offering direct-to-lodge savings for the resort's last two days of the 2008-09 season. Details can be found at www.AspenSnowmass.com <http://www.aspensnowmass.com/> .

In the southwest part of Colorado, Wolf Creek, which re-opened last weekend for two days, reported 20 inches of new snow. And Silverton Mountain, whose last day was Sunday, received two feet of new snow.

Copper Mountain celebrated the last day of the season with the Sunsation event and 16 inches of fresh spring snow.