Thursday, March 17, 2011

March Madness

There are many reasons to love March in Aspen. Sunshine is no stranger, the days are longer, and snowstorms are usually quite potent when they hit. Yesterday the Aspen Skiing Company announced their “Sunset Skiing” program, through which certain lifts will be kept open until 6:00 P.M. during certain days throughout the rest of the season. The schedule as of now goes as follows: The Summit Express at Buttermilk will be open until 6:00 P.M. today, 3/17/11. On 3/26/11, the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express will stay open to 6:00. Snowmass’s turn comes on 4/1/11, with The Village Express, Coney Glade, and Big Burn chairlifts spinning until 6:30. Lastly, Aspen Highlands will have extended hours on 4/16/11 via the Loge Peak and Exhibition lifts, which will be running until 6:30. In addition to the lifts running late, patrons will be permitted to hike the bowl until 5:00 P.M. The Skiing Company will be offering a “late arrival” lift ticket special during these extended times. Tickets will be $44 for all ages after 2:30 P.M. These last two weekends of March also play host to the 11th annual “Bud Light Spring Jam” which is a compilation of “competitions, parties, and incredible music.” Some notable events from this weekend’s packed schedule are The Bud Light “Big Air Fridays” ski and snowboard best trick competition, which takes place this Friday, 3/18 at 2:00 P.M. at Fanny Hill in Snowmass. This event features local athletes who will be throwing down their best tricks by launching themselves off of a jump you couldn’t pay us enough to go off. This will be followed by the “KickAspen Big Air” competition which will take place at the base of Aspen Mountain on Saturday, 3/19 at 8:00 P.M. In this event, competitors will compete in a big air contest by launching themselves off of a newly constructed 70 foot jump located in the ideal spot to observe from the Gondola Plaza. To close out this exciting weekend, guests of Aspen are invited to attend a free concert in Snowmass on 3/20 in Snowmass featuring Ivan Neville’s “Dumpstaphunk.” The show starts at 4:00 P.M. Keep in mind that all of these events are completely FREE and appropriate for all ages. All this is in addition to the great conditions we have thanks to an above average snowpack. Give us a call toll free at 1-866-925-2980 to ask about our last-minute specials for the rest of the season.