A Guide To Closing Day Celebrations At Aspen Snowmass

Pond Skim at Snowmass closing.

Grom or granny, local or visitor, we’d like to thank you for skiing with us this season—and over the past seven and a half decades.

Our 75th season began slowly, with light, early flurries... until we received the best Christmas gift we could’ve asked for—six days in the snow globe, amounting to the biggest December storm in 43 years. Highlands and Snowmass both logged more than 100 inches, for what will be remembered as Deep-cember.

January and February provided pleasant bluebird days, for laps with friends and lunches at Bonnie’s and Sam’s. Then, March was kind, and peppered the mountains with perfect, 7-inch storms every few days.
The powder party isn’t over yet—we’re surely guaranteed sun, and finally, the return of those coveted closing-day celebrations, spread out over the next few weeks. Here’s what to savor before the snow goes.

Buttermilk - April 3rd

Just the name makes you hungry—and rightfully so on this day, affectionately known as Bacon Appreciation Day. Beginning at 10am, we’ll be doling out bacon doughnuts in the plaza. Ski around the rest of the mountain in search of “bacon samplers,” and stop by Bumps and the Cliffhouse for bacon specials and DJ sets.

If you stick around ‘til the end of the day, we’ll also be hosting the Bud Light Mountain Games Bad Axe behind Bumps, beginning at 5pm. Bacon, axe-throwing, sunshine. Not a bad Saturday!

Closing day party at Aspen Highlands on top of the Highland Bowl.

Aspen Highlands - April 10th

The locals bring the party for this one. Mismatched-costumes, snow blades, and thrifted sunglasses are a must. Cloud Nine is sure to be popping, and the Highlands Alehouse is the other spot to be once you take your last Bowl lap of the year.

Snowmass - April 16th

Snowmass has plenty of terrain above 10k feet, so the snow here lasts a while. If you like spring corn skiing, this is your spot once the lower zones start to melt out.

For a little fiesta, check out the ever-entertaining Elk Camp Surf & Pond Skim (from 1pm-3pm), where you get to watch brave skiers and riders tempt a 40-degree bath in their ski gear. After the pond skim swing by Elk Camp patio where the party will continue with DJ Naka G, hot tubs and food and beverage specials all afternoon.
Pond skimming at the Snowmass closing party.

Aspen Mountain - April 24th

Props to you for squeezing all you can out of this season. Top-to-bottom slush turns will most certainly be in order on Ajax, and be ready to dance at the Sundeck. You could recycle that Highlands closing day costume, but extra points for a second ridiculous outfit. It’s the last day, might as well go for it.

Enjoy all summer has to offer, and we’ll catch you next year. Pray for snow!