One reason for the early arrivals is the annual uphill race that kicks off at 8am. Buttermilk is a favorite for uphillers all season long with the shortest and least steep uphill route of all four mountains. Additionally, the route is open all day long, even when the lifts are running, and it spends most of the day drenched in sunlight. Not to mention, the delicious food waiting at the top at the Cliffhouse restaurant is a strong motivator. So dedicating a portion of the closing day celebration at Buttermilk to uphill skiing feels very appropriate.
The “Fueled By Bacon Sizzle Up” race will see a few serious racers, but it’s mainly designed to be fun and prizes are awarded to not only the fastest individual but to the fastest family, best costume, and the “Center Cut” — whomever finishes dead middle.
In addition to the race — that ends with a yummy bacon waffle breakfast for racers and spectators alike and starts serving at 9am at the Cliffhouse — various types of bacon samples will be served all around the mountain starting at 11am until it runs out including bacon wrapped scallops at the top of the Summit Express chair, Applewood smoked bacon at the top of the West Buttermilk chair, Canadian bacon at the No Problem Cabin and BLT sliders provided by Home Team BBQ at the bottom of the Summit, just to name a few.
To finish off the fun at Buttermilk, face painting, games, s’mores, live music, hot tubs and drink specials as wells as eats such as bacon cheddar kettle corn and bacon Brie will be going on from 1 to 5pm down at the base.