Closing days are a chance to ski, rock your finest vintage gear, laugh, dance, party and have fun. They’re a celebration with friends, and this year we’re being blessed with late-season conditions more like winter than spring.

We'll be closing Buttermilk, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain with lots of bacon, Champagne and revelry. It's the only way we know how.

Everything is Better with Bacon

April 2, 2016

Bacon Appreciation Day at Buttermilk
Bacon Appreciation Day at Buttermilk

First up is Buttermilk Closing Day (aka Bacon Appreciation Day) on Sunday, April 3.

The bacon-filled day includes bacon waffles at the summit in the morning, bacon samples on the mountain throughout the day, bacon for après (with a bacon-and-beer happy hour at Bumps Restaurant) and a competition among Aspen Skiing Company bartenders for the best bacon-inspired cocktail.

The day also kicks off with the Fueled by Bacon Upsizzle, an uphill event for all disciplines. Registration starts at $15 for individuals and $40 for families at 6:30am, with the event starting from the base at 7:30am and ending at the Cliff House. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Costume, the Center Cut (person who is in the middle of the pack) and Fastest Family.

Kid’s games will be going on in the base area throughout the day.

Snowmass Spring Fling 

April 9, 2016

It might officially be spring, but we're holding on to winter for as long as we possibly can. How? By celebrating this amazing season on Saturday, April 9th. Base Village in Snowmass will host a DJ, and lots of family-friendly activities like face painting, a dunk tank and a bouncy house for the kiddos.

But don't forget, you still have a day to get some more turns in with the official closing of Snowmass happening on April 10th. Parking in the Base Village Parking Garage maxes out all weekend at just $10.

Schneetag: The Most Ridiculous Way to Finish the Season

April 10, 2016

Schneetag at Aspen Snowmass
Schneetag at Aspen Snowmass

Snowmass Closing is up next on April 10, but so is the biggest après party of the year — the legendary closing at Aspen Highlands.

It all culminates with Schneetag, a ridiculous event in which teams of four descend the slope in a homemade craft and try to cross a pond at the base. Bonus points are awarded for airtime, creativity and costumes.

A little planning for the Aspen Highlands Closing will go a long way in terms of transportation (limited paid parking, don’t drink and drive), ski plans (you gotta ski one last lap of the bowl with your friends!), registering for Schneetag (or at least claiming a spot to watch the hilarity at 1:30pm) and the après party at the base, which goes off.

The Final Send-Off

April 17, 2016

Ajax Tavern party at base of Aspen Mountain
Ajax Tavern party at base of Aspen Mountain

The last of the closing day festivities can be found at Aspen Mountain, which closes on April 17.

After a full day of skiing, “La Ultima Fiesta,” the party at the base of the gondy revs up at 2pm on the patio at Ajax Tavern, where you will find drink specials, a BBQ pit and taco bar, giveaways, and live music (including a mariachi band).

When that winds down around 5pm, head over to the Sky Hotel for a blowout party that takes over the 39 Degrees Lounge and pool deck into the evening hours.