Thursday, April 3, 2014

WOW...that was quick! Aspen Skiing Company just announced
extended dates on Aspen Mountain.

Extended Season Details

Aspen Mountain Extended Season Dates & Hours
April 26-27, 201410:00am - 4:00pm
May 3-4, 201410:00am - 4:00pm


It's another 24 hours of snow here in the Aspen/Snowmass area, and it's still snowing.  Aspen Mountain, as of 6AM this morning, had another 6" dump, and Snowmass 5.4" report yet on Highlands and Buttermilk, but you can bet it's plenty pow pow in all 4 areas.  As I said, it's still snowing!  What a season, Springtime in the Rockies, skier/rider heaven!
THE TIME HAS COME, 1st closure of the season will be this Sunday, April 6, at Buttermilk, but they are going out in style with the annual Buttermilk Bacon Appreciation Day, we've posted the schedule below provided by 
**However, you never know if there will be any extensions on closures of the 4 mountains due to the extreme snow we have received all year...and this past week.  We'll keep you posted as we find out the scoops!**

 Bacon Appreciation Day at Buttermilk will feature bacon snacks and samples all day. The goodies will include bacon waffles, bacon samples, sundaes with bacon sprinkles and a bacon-and-beer happy hour.

 Buttermilk’s closing also will include the Grudge Match Rail Jam at the rail garden from 2 to 4 p.m. The format is a head-to-head bracket-style snowboard competition. The winner will receive $1,000, and the top four competitors will take home prizes. Registration is free in person at Radio Boardshop, located at 400 E. Hopkins Ave. in Aspen, or by calling 970-925-9373.

 The rail jam will be followed by the Bacon Bartenders’ Brawl, where Skico bartenders will compete to make the best bacon-inspired cocktail.

For skiers and snowboarders looking to "pig out" on bacon at Buttermilk, here is Sunday’s schedule:

 9 a.m. — Bacon waffles at the top of Summit Express chairlift

 11:30 a.m. — Bacon samplers at the bottom of the mountain’s three lifts as well as No Problem Cabin and patrol headquarters

 12:30 p.m. — Bacon-wrapped scallops at patrol headquarters

 Lunch hour — Bacon specials at Cliffhouse and Bumps restaurants

 2 to 4 p.m. — Grudge Match Rail Jam

 2:30 p.m. — Bacon dessert at the Beach at Bumps, bacon-and-beer happy hour at Bumps

 3:30 p.m. — Kids’ games in the base area

 4 p.m. — Bartenders’ Brawl, with Skico bartenders duking it out to make the best bacon-inspired cocktail. Purchase five tickets to sample each drink (five bartenders) for $15, and vote for your favorite.

 There is a cost associated with lunches, happy hour and the Bartenders’ Brawl. All other bacon items are free.
Go online and check out the Aspen Center for Environmental Services (ACES) website for the amazing nature and environmental activities for everyone. They are also still scheduling their snowshoe and ski tours.
We are beginning to get schedules of activities for April and for the Summer months, so be sure to check out our blog so you can plan your Aspen/Snowmass getaways! 
COME JOIN US...Summer is going to be incredible this year...ride bikes, take hikes, get on the rivers and raft or kayak or fish in one of our Gold Medal rated rivers, paraglide or take a hot air balloon ride or just come to Aspen/Snowmass and chill!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


What an extraordinary season we have had...and it continues!  In the past 24 hours a new 7" on Aspen Mountain, another 9" on Snowmass....AND it's still snowing! 

There's still so much to do, in addition to the incredible skiing and riding!

NASTAR National Championships - March 26 - 30One of the most exciting amateur ski racing competition in America, the 2014 Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.NASTAR, the largest public grassroots ski race program in the world, and skiers from approximately 45 states, ranging in age from three to 90 are here to compete for national titles in various divisions of the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships.
YOU CAN DO IT TOO!  Great place to spot future racers!


Bud Light Big Air Fridays - Bud Light Big Air Friday’s take place again tomorrow on March 28th. The event begins at 2 pm on Upper Fanny Hill in Snowmass. Entering its 13th year in Snowmass, Big Air Fridays attracts competitors from everywhere.  Athletes will showcase the newest and most progressive tricks around off of the 40-foot jump on upper Fanny Hill.
You can still register each Friday, open to the public from 1–2pm each Friday and it's FREE. Registration is located under the tent at the base of the big air jump. All competitors are required to wear a helmet and complete a waiver (if you are under 18 years old you must have a parent or guardian complete the waiver). Must be at least 13 years old to compete.
Don’t miss the Little Air competition, inviting kids to come out and compete for giveaways. Stick around for plenty of food and drink specials in Base Village!

FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert featuring Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.With Opener Matthew Moon - Saturday, March 29 at 3 pm at Snowmass Base Village
Lukas Nelson and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) are an American rock n roll group based out of California. Lukas Nelson and P.O.T.R. have performed over 400 shows in the past 3 years and have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King, and Bob Dylan.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

 March 19 - March 23 FREE
Seriously...2 SUPERPIPES!!
The first time, ever, two competition halfpipes, side by side, rails, channels, wallrides and so many other amazing features with the best snowboarders in the world competing!  Each halfpipe will be more than 550 feet long, 68 feet wide and 22 feet tall. There will be a 4-foot spine located between the pipes.  Including the outside walls, the Red Bull Double Pipe will be 180 feet wide and more than 550 feet long, making it the largest halfpipe feature ever built for competition.  Recently the Aspen Times showed the rendering of the SPT designed halfpipes, shown above.  
Riders can go back and forth between the 2 halfpipes during one run.  “Progression is a beautiful thing,” said John Rigney, the vice president of sales and events for the Aspen Skiing Co. “It’s always incredibly exciting having the best athletes in the world competing here in Aspen/Snowmass. But to see this select group tackle an entirely new challenge at Buttermilk right here in our backyard is going to be amazing.”
Buttermilk plans to have the double pipe open for public use after the event.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

March 14 - 23
Friday, March 14th and 21st Bud Light Concert Series Core Party at Aspen Gondola Plaza to kick off 2013 Spring Jam in Aspen! 
These FREE outdoor concerts this year feature Cashd Out on March 14th at close to Johnny Cash as you can get, and on March 21st DJ Naka G at 8pm with Beats Antique on stage at 9pm.   
Fridays, March 14th and 21st at 2pm Bud Light Big Air Fridays at Snowmass
This high flying show in Snowmass attracts competitors from everywhere. The 40-ft jump is is amazing and everyone wants to show of their skills; afterward you can enjoy live music at Snowmass Base Village.
Saturday, March 15 at 8pm on Aspen Mountain KickAspen Big Air Invitational
This is an event everyone looks forward to each year, the KickAspen Big Air has the best ski and snowboard athletes in the region to representing under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain for prize money.
Sunday, March 16 at 12noon at Aspen Highlands Fallen Friends Memorial Event
 Every ski season lives are lost in a variety of ways in the Rocky Mountains. Fallen Friends memorializes the brothers and sisters who have paid the ultimate price and did so pursuing the life they loved in the Rocky Mountains.
 Each Spring the Fallen Friends event brings the skiers and snowboarders together to remember the good times...and to honor the lives of our Fallen Friends. This one-day event is held in Aspen Highlands each year, and teams of 2-6 compete in an obstacle type course of jumps, bumps and park features. All the proceeds from the event will benefit the AVSC scholarship fund in honor of our “fallen friends” over the past few years. 

Saturdays/Sundays-March 15/16 Session I; March 22/23 Session 2 12noon Terrain Park Boot Camp at Snowmass
The Terrain Park Book Camp is an entry level terrain park that will be set up on Fanny Hill. Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club coaches and athletes will teach beginners (13 and up) how to safely slide a rail, hit a box and throw a trick. From children to parents, this is open to anyone interested in learning the ropes of the terrain park.
Saturday, March 22nd Banked Slalom Event at Snowmass
This is a snowboard-only event at Garret's Gulch where riders of all ages challenge each other on banked turns, air and of course talking crazy to each other on the way down!

Sunday, March 23rd Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls at Aspen Highlands
The Helly Hansen Battle in the Bowls is back for another Spring Jam! Teams of two race to ski/ride the many bowls of Aspen Highlands as quickly and strategically as possible on a course designed by Aspen/Snowmass athlete Chris Davenport.

Helly Hansen Divisions defined by them as:
  • Competitive Ski: You're ready to battle your own limits and also challenge yourself against other teams of two skiers in an effort to cover the course as quickly as possible... maybe even faster than everyone else. If you are a team of 1 snowboarder and 1 skier you must register in the Ski category
  • Competitive Snowboard: You're ready to battle your own limits and also challenge yourself against other teams of two snowboarders in an effort to cover the course as quickly as possible... maybe even faster than everyone else.
  • Recreational: The Bowls of Aspen Highlands are a challenge in themselves! You're out to challenge yourself and have a good time while doing it.
The courses for each division will be different, but the Recreational course will feature elements of the Competitive courses. Each participant will be loaned a GPS device to strap to your leg or stuff in your backpack and track your routes. Hiking the Highlands Bowl is a must and the course is meant to be finished in less than 4.5 hours. The final course will be presented at check-in.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

GOOD MORNING, ASPEN HIGHLANDS....100" of snow at Highlands...
a milestone for this year....
so far! 

The Power of 4, Aspen Mountain/Highlands/Buttermilk and Snowmass each received anywhere from 10-14" in the past 48 hours. March is doing what it does here in the Rockies....SNOWING!

COME JOIN US....the Snow is fine!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Heading into March 2014....LOTS TO DO IN ASPEN/SNOWMASS
Apr├Ęs Ski For Kids at Buttermilk ALL FREE! Every Thursday from 3:30-4:30 pm at Buttermilk. Enjoy crafts and face painting at Bumps, S'mors outside, and sledding and snowcat rides on the snow.
Yoga at the Sundeck - Complimentary sun salutations this winter. How terrific is it to start your morning with amazing views and yoga geared toward skiers, snowboarders and winter sports enthusiasts. Yoga for every level. Ride the gondola with a foot or ski pass. 9:30 am - 10:30 am Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Yoga mats provided.  If you have any questions call 970-429-6971
Mardi Gras Celebration in Snowmass - March 4
Snowmass celebrates 32 years of its Fat Tuesday celebration with the biggest Mardi Gras bash in the mountains. Enjoy the midafternoon parade to a free concert, this authentic fete offers Cajun fun for every age. For more info check out
Bud Light Big Air Fridays - Bud Light Big Air Friday begins THIS FRIDAY, February 28 and continues every Friday to March 28th. Big Air takes place this Friday at Buttermilk during the Aspen/Snowmass Freeskiing Open. This marks the 3th year in Snowmass, competitors from all over the country Big Air Fridays attracts competitors from near and far (including the local or tourist) to show off what they’ve got! Athletes will showcase the newest and most progressive tricks around off of the 70-foot big air jump at saw it on XGames!

The Audi Power of Four SkiMo Race - Saturday, March 1The Audi Power of Four SkiMo Race registration is still open. With approximately 12,000 feet of vertical gain over 25 miles — including summiting the Aspen Highlands Bowl — this race is the perfect opportunity to experience all four Aspen/Snowmass ski areas like never before. Grab a teammate and get ready to ski, hike and skin Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain all in one race.
Ullr Nights at Elk Camp: To honor the Norse god of snow, ULLR, every Friday night through Mar. 28, Elk Camp at Snowmass is transformed into a nighttime winter wonderland. Guests and locals all enjoy a night with friends and family while enjoying old-fashioned winter outdoor activities such as a visit to the Volcano, the tubing hill, snowbiking, s'mores and hot chocolate by the bonfire and ice skating. Dance to live music and enjoy an a la carte culinary celebration. After enjoying the snow playground, kids can warm up inside with fun activities and entertainment available downstairs in The Tent. Details: Every Friday night through March 28 from 5:30 - 9 pm
$10 for adults / $5 for children (ages 4-12) & season passholders. Children 3 & under are complimentary.