With Copper Mountain and Snowmass shutting down ski operations for the season on Sunday, four Colorado ski areas remain open, and two of them will be closed in two weeks.
Next to close are Winter Park and Loveland, both set to close on May 9. That will leave Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin.
Breckenridge plans to remain open through Memorial Day. Arapahoe Basin still hasn’t set a date, but chief operating officer Alan Henceroth says he believes the area will be able to stay open into June as usual.
“Often people follow that up with the Fourth of July question,” Henceroth said. “Really low confidence for the Fourth of July, but I have high confidence we’ll make it to June.”
Henceroth said A-Basin has made it into June in 38 of the past 40 seasons. The other two years it closed in May.
“I think there’s six or seven years we’ve made it to July,” Henrecroth said. “It’s almost about average, if we get into early June.”
This is all weather-dependent, of course, and the long-range weather forecast isn’t encouraging. According to the forecast for May by the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service, Colorado figures to have below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures.
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