Celebrate Memorial Day on Skis

Did you really think ski season was over? Psych. Aspen Mountain opens 120 aces for skiing and snowboarding for three days over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-30. Riders can take the Silver Queen Gondola up to the top of the mountain for skiing on the Ajax Express.

Skiing will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Sundeck will be open until 4 p.m. Season passes are valid, and tickets are just $39 for visiting friends and family. Take a few glory turns and then settle into the mountain-top Adirondack chairs (a design feature we heart) to work on that summer tan. (Or with the way the weather is looking for the weekend, buckle in those boots and enjoy a few fresh powder turns first thing in the morning.)

More adventurous, and knowledgeable, skiers can head up to 12,095-foot Independence Pass. Highway 82 crosses the Continental Divide here, and the road just reopened for summer on Thursday after its annual winter closure. Go prepared, and early. Just because it's spring doesn't mean it's 100 percent safe. Bring a beacon and a partner. There is ample exploring off both the Aspen and Leadville sides of the pass, with many opting for Mountain Boy or Fourth of July bowl as descents. And with the large snowpack, the latter might just be living up to its name this year.