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Fresh Snow Makes End Of Ski Season Bittersweet For Many

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Breckenridge (credit: CBS)

Breckenridge (credit: CBS)

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Despite several inches of fresh powder overnight, Sunday was closing day for several Colorado ski areas.

While some were expecting a few inches of snow for the final ski day, no one thought they’d wake up to a foot.

“It was a spring surprise, the snow was so deep and so nice and no one up there,” said Isabelle Lalive, who was enjoying the final day at Breckenridge.

“Last year we just didn’t have the snow at the end of the season, so this year the end of the season has been fantastic,” skier Janice Pushaw said.

The snow only helped what was already a day with a friendly, party atmosphere.

“I’m wearing Target boutique, and the purpose is, it’s the last day and we’re just trying to celebrate,” snowboarder Laurel Wood said.

“I’m wearing my banana outfit to celebrate the last day of a good season at Breck,” snowboarder Zach Hofetz said. “When I do a trick people tell me it’s bananas.”

Some had other reasons to party.

“I’m just out here celebrating my birthday, turning 18 today and I’m going to do a little shredding,” skier Sean Metzger said.

Once the snow finally melts in the Tenmile Range there’s going to be a big expansion off of Peak 7. It’s an area they’re calling Peak 6. There will be a couple of lifts and some 500 more skiable acres.”

“I’m definitely excited to check it out. I know the new addition of Peak 7 a couple years ago has been awesome and I’m excited to see it expand more,” skier Madelyn Rahn said.

But in the waning moments of this season, with all the fresh snow, one word kept coming up.

“It’s very bittersweet for sure,” Wood said.

“Yea, it’s bittersweet, but yea I wish it would go on longer. At least it’s a good way to end the season,” Hofetz said.

While most ski areas have shut down for the season, Arapahoe Basin is opening new terrain. The two “hike-to” areas are in the upper part of the East Wall and are now open for the first time this season. A-Basin hopes to stay open through the first weekend in June.

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