Aspen closes with four parties

9th May 2014, by Abi Butcher

A reveller at Schneetag parodies Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’  Photo: Jeremy Swanson

A reveller at Schneetag parodies Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ Photo: Jeremy Swanson

Not content with one season party, Aspen/Snowmass in Colorado celebrated the closure of its 165-day season with four different parties.

Aspen started its season early, and finished late, so on Sunday, 4 May, during the second weekend of extended days, the mountain celebrated with an outdoor BBQ at 3,400m, outside the Sundeck restaurant, with hungry skiers and boarders tucking into burgers in the sunshine.

Two weeks earlier, on 20 April, Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) at Snowmass was the highlight of all closing events. Schneetag, the German word for “snow day”, translates to “daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond.”

Now in its seventh year, Schneetag gives Aspen’s more adventurous the chance to build crazy crafts to fly across a specially built 30x80ft pond.

On Sunday 13 April, Aspen Highlands signed off with live DJs and party-goers dancing in fancy dress. And on 6 April, Buttermilk closed with the fourth Annual Bacon Appreciation Day — with everything bacon. Bacon waffles, bacon samples, ice cream sundaes with bacon sprinkles and a bacon and beer happy hour — yum!

Aspen this year received more than 26.5ft of powder, opening two weeks early after almost five feet of pre-season snow and closing two weeks late on 4 May after 165 days of skiing and snowboarding.

Although the ski season is over, Aspen Mountain reopens on 24 May for summer weekends — WTSS web editor will be out there enjoying the biking routes mid July. Stay tuned for blogs!

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