If youre not a local, you need to know: Arapahoe Basin hosts some of the best skiing in May. It's not just the warm sun and long days that make it so spectacular, it's the A-Basin beach scene.

Weekends at the Basin become a virtual barbecue pit, filled with caravans of cars tailgating. Grills light up, beach balls whiz by, and plastic palm trees line the strip. Serious beach bums wear Hawaiian shirts and grass skirts while lounging in fold-up chairs with pina-coladas in hand.

Skiing in May creates a magical border between winter and summer. Skiiers take a run, have a beer. Take a run. Catch some rays. Take a run. Grill a burger. And just when you think it cant get any better, it does. A-Basin provides live music every Saturday in May. Bands play outside on the deck, appropriately named, Shakin at the Basin.

It's a fantastic party! If youre coming from out of town, book a weekend through Key to the Rockies and join the locals at the beach. Skiings not over yet!