I've lived in Colorado less than 2 years, and I've noticed that pretty much no ski area will stay open past the second or third week of April. I saw Loveland stay open until the first week of May last season, and A-Basin until June, but that's pretty much it.
What is the reasoning behind this? I know most resorts have at least some land leased from the national forest service, and I've heard a couple people say that the NFS doesn't want a late ski season to affect elk migration.
What's the criteria for determining when the ski area must shut down? I know last season as well, most areas were going to shut down right around April 15th, but due to a gift from Ullr they extended the closing date a week.
Do elk not pass through A-Basin? I know they are on NFS land as well