Preserve and party in the mountains this weekend with Friends of the Dillon Ranger District and Arapahoe Basin Ski Area

The annual Friends of the Dillon Ranger District Casino Night returns on Friday, April 8. Although it’s sold out, people can still participate through the online auction.
Bill Linfield / Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

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Chances are you live in Summit County because of the mountains. Whether you’re enjoying their snowy slopes in the winter, hiking the switchbacks in the summer, capturing grandeur in photographs or painting or using the landscapes as a source of poetic inspiration, the rocks are a central point of the region.

Connected to these mountains is a vibrant ecosystem managed by Friends of the Dillon Ranger District. The non-profit organization is hosting its annual Casino Night fundraiser on Friday, April 8, after being rescheduled from its previous February date. As the name suggests, patrons can expect to play games like poker, blackjack, roulette, and craps while enjoying appetizers and drinks.

The event will take place from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at 10 Mile Music Hall, 710 Main St., Frisco. It’s sold out, but there’s also a big online auction, offering items ranging from gift cards to Caribbean getaways, for people who didn’t get a ticket in time. The auction started on Friday April 1 and ends at 8:30 p.m. on Friday April 8. Visit to buy.

If gambling isn’t your thing, head to the Arapahoe Basin ski area for several days of fun. The first is the Mountain Dew Basic Bash from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at Mountain Goat Plaza. The free après ski party will feature swag, Mountain Dew and a DJ.

Later in the evening, the next episode of A-Basin’s moonlit dinner series, where people can feast on a Hawaiian Luau from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dinner is unfortunately sold out, but potential guests should plan ahead for the Mountain Supper Club on Friday, April 22 for a special three-course meal. This dinner costs $75 per person. To visit to buy.

Finally, Sunday April 10 is an opportunity to “Bring the Girls Out” with SheJumps. Slope day is for women and girls of all ages and abilities. The morning begins with skiing, horseback riding and snowshoeing in small groups according to age. After lunch, the activities continue with a demonstration of avalanche rescue dogs led by the Basin A patrollers.

Salomon will be there with demos and the day will end with a raffle. Visit to register and make a suggested donation of $10.

Joseph K. Bennett