Closing Time

Another ski season in Aspen is set to wrap up in the coming weeks, and it looks like Mother Nature is on her best behavior. Between the usual dose of spring snow showers, temperatures will hover around T-shirt weather and rumor has it people were already skiing in denim shorts this past weekend for the closing of Buttermilk Mountain. 

Aspen Highlands' legendary party is set for Sunday, April 10, when thousands of skiers and snowboarders take to the resort's slopes and then dance on the Highlands Alehouse deck until the sun goes down. The pond-skimming "Schneetag" contest is one not to miss, and goes off at 1:30 p.m. at the base, before DJs start spinning and the beer from Highlands Alehouse starts pouring. And though it's "closing," Aspen Skiing Co. just announced Highlands will reopen for two bonus weekends on April 23-24 and April 30 and May 1. (Snowmass Mountain also closes Sunday, April 10.)

On April 17, Aspen Mountain lifts spin for the last time this season. Riders will be decked out in one-piece ski suits and colorful costumes -- some leftover from the Highlands' bash -- as they take to the hill for slushy bump skiing. Then, revelers head to Sky Hotel or Ajax Tavern for apres-ski sessions and sun-soaking that will have everyone wishing for the season to continue. See you on the slopes!

Party-goers throw down at Cloud 9 on Aspen Highlands. 

Party-goers throw down at Cloud 9 on Aspen Highlands.