Monday, March 25, 2013

Ski Areas Plan Parties as Bogus Announces Closing Date

Posted By on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM


Spring Break is more than just when school kids get some vacation time, it's also when ski areas start packing up for the season.

Snow and skiers have already started dwindling across the region. Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area will close the hill for the season Sunday, March 31, but not without one final party.

On closing day—which just so happens to fall on Easter Sunday—anyone who shows up in any holiday-themed costume can ski for free. Anyone sporting an Easter Bunny suit can also score some free hot cocoa, so expect the mountain to look like Peter Cottontail's family reunion.

While the tubing hill and night skiing have already closed for the season, Deer Point, Superior and Coach lift will be running during the day, as will the Easy Rider Carpet. The JR Simplot Lodge will be open with food and beverage services, as well as rentals and lessons. The Frontier Point Lodge will also be open.

Scavenger hunts for both the 21-and-older set and the underage crew will be held throughout the day. The kids will be looking for more than 50 large flowers hidden across the mountain. Anyone who finds the flowers can turn them in at 2:30 p.m. at the Simplot Lodge for giveaways and prizes.

The grown-ups will be scavenging for PBR ribbons, which they can turn in at 2:30 p.m. for their decidedly more adult prizes.

Get more info at the Bogus website.

Brundage Mountain Resort still hasn't announced a final closing date, but it is hosting a series of spring break events that celebrate people's tendency to go just a little crazy when spring finally shows up.

Head to the McCall ski hill on Saturday, March 30, to attempt that oh-so-rare crossover sport, pond skimming.

As part of the resort's Crazy Days event, skiers will head down the slope and try to make it across a pond at the bottom of the run. Unsurprisingly, most competitors end up rather wet and spectators leave with sore ab muscles from laughing so hard. The contest starts at 1 p.m.

Visitors can don costumes for a costume contest, as well as join in a family friendly poker run and treasure hunt.

Registration for all events is held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mountain Events Tent next to the main lodge.

Families who ski on Sunday, March 31, can score with Family Day, when they can purchase one adult lift ticket and the rest of the family skies for free. The resort will also host an Easter Egg hunt for the kids.

Get more info online.

Tamarack Resort in Donnelly will close the slopes on Monday, April 1, but the ski hill will be open daily through spring break.

Find more information and hours on the resort's website.

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