The outdoor concert series hits [R448R, Sunshine Village] during May along with a beach party for closing weekend. A stage in front of the daylodge turns the outdoor deck into a party venue in the sun.

The 2 p.m. concerts rock the deck for three weekends. Aaron Pritchett plays on May 2 and 3, and George Canyon performs on May 9-10. The outdoor concert series dovetails BC/DC with the beach party for closing weekend on May 16-17.

The closing weekend beach party features a strand of snow adjacent a low spot in the village for its annual slush cup. The village packs out for the 7,200-foot-high party. "To steal a line from Vegas, what happens on the mountain, stays on the mountain," spokesperson Doug Firby told

The slush cup attracts competitors dressed to the hilt in ridiculous costumes. "About one in 10 make it across the pond," added Firby. "Most get an ice water enema."

Sunshine runs its lifts daily for skiing and riding right to the last bell on closing day. During spring, the resort often runs special lodging deals at Sunshine Mountain Lodge. Call (877) 542-2633 for current rates.

The resort does not run its lifts in summer. White Mountain Adventures runs several daily shuttles up to Sunshine Village for sightseers and hikers. Trails wander through alpine flower meadows and tour several lakes.