KEYSTONE, Colo — March 29, 2007 — Spring showers may bring May flowers to most places, but at Keystone Resort in Colorado almost three feet of March spring snow showers brings longer ski and snowboard hours. Night skiing at Keystone was set to end Sunday, April 1. But, thanks to more than 15 inches of fresh powder this week and more snow predicted for this weekend, Keystone’s extending its operating hours for skiing and snowboarding until 6 p.m. the first week of April.

Keystone was planning to switch to a 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. schedule starting Monday, April 2, continuing through closing day (April 15), but thanks to later sunsets caused by the earlier Daylight Savings Time, the timing of the Easter holiday and almost three feet of March snow showers, Keystone announced today that it’ll extend its skiing and snowboarding hours until 6 p.m. giving skiers and riders 14 extra hours on the slopes the first week of April. The Montezuma, Summit Express and A51 chairlifts at Keystone will remain open until 6 p.m. April 2-8. Operating hours will change to 9 a.m. — 4 p.m. April 9-15.

Keystone’s spring operating hours

Now — Sunday, April 1 9 a.m. — 9 p.m.

Monday, April 2 — Sunday, April 8 9 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Monday, April 9 — Sunday, April 15 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Lift access for day guests will be out of the River Run village starting Monday, April 2. Lift access out of the Mountain House base area will be limited to morning hours starting Monday, April 2, with the resort’s closing date set for Sunday, April 15.

To celebrate spring skiing and snowboarding, Keystone’s hosting a Blues & BBQ festival with an Early Earth Day celebration this Saturday, an April Fools Day comedy show, Snowboarder Magazine’s SuperPark 11 featuring hundreds of the top pro snowboarders April 12-15 and a Friday the 13th bachelor auction with pro snowboarders to benefit Boarding For Breast Cancer.

Just because it’s spring break, doesn’t mean you’ll break the bank for a Keystone ski or snowboard vacation. Packages start at just $300 per for three nights of lodging at the Inn at Keystone and three days of skiing/snowboarding (lift tickets) April 1-14. This package is valid for double occupancy in a hotel room at The Inn for two adults. Other restrictions apply.

For more information, click your way to keystoneresort.com or call 800.468.5004.