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By Oliver Bacharach | March 22, 2017 | Lifestyle
While April means the coming of Spring in Aspen it also signals the end of fresh tracks and the closing of the mountain trails. Here's how to celebrate the end of the season in party fashion before Aspen Mountain closes on April 23.
You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind fundraiser at the top of Aspen Mountain. Enjoy live music from funk/jazz-sensation Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and from local favorite, DJ Dylan. Some of the most talented chefs in Aspen will compete for the best chicken wing, while dancing, dining, and auctions continue through the evening. All proceeds go to The Aspen Homeless Shelter, Stepping Stones, Lift-Up, and Feed My Sheep. Tickets available via EventBrite. March 23. 5-9 p.m. The Sundeck at Aspen Mountain, 970-920-4600
The annual theatrical fashion show returns to the Belly Up on March 24 for the 6th year in a row as local models strut and dance in fashion donated from high-end designers. All proceeds go to the Aspen Cares Foundation whose mission is to provide resources for mental stability to those in mental and emotional crisis. Word is, dress rehearsals are well under way and the show should be memorable. Tickets available here. 5 and 9 p.m. The Belly Up Aspen, 970-785-8500
Check out snowboarders of all ages rip down the course in the 3rd annual Aspen/Snowmass Banked Slalom at Snowmass Mountain. Epitomizing grassroots snowboarding, banked slalom races have had a long-stand affinity amongst the snowboard community. Having such a race and tradition at Snowmass is a real treat for snowboarders and spectators alike. The sharp turns and banking course provides for a fun and challenging competition, but without the rails, jumps, or pipes we are so often used to. Visiting racers can purchase discounted lift tickets for $45. Register here. April 1. 10 a.m. Snowmass Mountain
There might not be a better way to celebrate Buttermilk’s season than an all-day Bacon Party, an uphill race, spring skiing, and then a rail jam at the bottom of the mountain. If you want to get some exercise before the festivities ensue, register for the Fueled by Bacon Sizzle Up Race. The all-discipline uphill race kicks off at 7:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, fastest family, and Center cut (the one who finishes in the middle of the pack). Bacon will be available at the finish line and the base. Enjoy bacon dishes all day at the different lifts, bacon cocktails at the bottom, and enjoy the bacon and beer happy hour while watching the Smith Grudge Match Rail Jam at the base of Buttermilk. Cheers to bacon, cheers to Buttermilk.
One of the most praised Short Film Festivals in the country returns to Aspen. The festival kicks off at the Wheeler Opera House on April 4. This year’s films include Fluffy and Disney Pixar’s Lou, amongst many others. Tickets and more information available here. April 4-9. The Wheeler Opera House, 970-920-5770
Get out your jeans, one pieces, costumes, sunscreen, and smiles for one of the best mountain parties around. Highlands Closing Day is always a gem and you will surely do your snow dance. Hike the Highlands Bowl because rumor has it, Highlands Patrol generally stashes a keg at the bottom of the decent. Stop at Cloud Nine for a drink on the deck. And end your day with a massive dance party outside the Highlands Ale House. And if that wasn’t enough, either sign up or participate in the Redbull Shneetag. Teams of 4 build their own craft, which they will attempt to ride down a hill and skim across a 20x40 ft. pond. Costumes, themes, and a skit are all required and the vessels must human powered. Registration and more information here. April 9. Highlands Mountain
A sad and nostalgic day for all, regardless of the fact that summer in Aspen is right around the corner. Spring attire is in full force, beers on the gondola are cracked, and music is flowing. Be sure to stop into the Ajax Tavern where an all-day Apres Fiesta will be held as you nosh on Ajax Burgers, truffle fries, and margaritas while listening to a Mariachi Band. A $45 wristband gets you unlimited food and 3 drinks. Be sure to get the last couple gondolas, ski something in the sun, take a breather before last couple runs to stop, and be thankful for another epic season. April 17. Aspen Mountain and Ajax Tavern, 970-920-6334