FRESH SNOW FROM SKI RESORTS: High country slopes refreshed after May blizzard

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ARAPAHOE BASIN SKI AREA, Colo. (KDVR) — Skiers and snowboarders flocked to the mountains after a snowstorm in late May dropped several inches on the slopes.

“A week ago there was some dirt on the ungroomed surfaces, but after another 16 inches last night it was powdery all day,” said Jesse True, Ski Area Marketing Manager. Arapahoe Basin.

True said Saturday was one of the busiest days of the year the ski area has seen. He said at one point that they were to tweet that the parking lot was full and those looking to ride should be back after 1 p.m.

“We got up here early, there were 16-17 inches up there. The powder was amazing,” said Anton Steichen, a snowboarder from Wyoming.

Considering it’s the end of May, True said some employees have already taken up their summer jobs. So on days like Saturday, everyone has to step in to help manage the crowd.

“Everyone helps out a little bit with everything from shoveling to driving the shuttle to making pizzas,” True said.

Down Interstate 70 and over Burgdorf Pass, Winter Park Resort was celebrating its closing day with all the fresh snowfall. Representatives from the ski resort shared videos of long lines and people enjoying the sun.

“It hasn’t snowed in a while. It’s been so hot and skiing is my life,” said Boulder skier Ellie Sullivan.

Due to the elevation of the Arapahoe Basin, they may stay open a bit later. Their closing date for this season is scheduled for June 5.

“Tomorrow will be fantastic. This week will be awesome when the sun comes out,” True said.

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