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The Drop-In: Denim and Dirt

The Drop-In: Snowmass Closing Weekend 2022 Pond Skim

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to race down a ski hill and skim over a pond to the snow on the other side? According to Urban Dictionary, pond skimming is “a time honored tradition at every ski mountain.” On this episode of The Drop-In, Kaya Williams is taking us along for a trip over the pond as she participates in her first-ever pond skim as part of the closing weekend festivities at Snowmass Ski Area.

Snowmass closed for the winter 21/22 season on April 17. Aspen Mountain is the only Aspen Skiing Co. mountain that remains open for lift-served skiing. Aspen’s closing day is set for April 24, 2022.

The Drop-In: Back-flipping Boyd’s Bump

The Drop-In: How long does it take one top-to-bottom lap on Aspen Mountain?

We’re doing a little experiment on today’s episode of The Drop-In to answer the question: “How long does it take to ski a top-to-bottom lap on Aspen Mountain?” We started the clock when we walked on to the Silver Queen Gondola and stopped it once we unclipped from our skis at the base of the mountain. How long do you think it took?

As a reminder, currently only two mountains remain open for the season in Aspen-Snowmass. Snowmass Ski Area closes on April 17 and Aspen Mountain closes on April 24.

The Drop-In: Hiking the Highland Bowl with adaptive athlete Tony Drees

“Skiing is all of our love language, so I’m glad to share that with you guys,“ said adaptive athlete and Aspen-Snowamss resident Tony Drees to his friends and family as he set off for his first-ever Highland Bowl hike.

This episode of The Drop-In is something special. Join us as we make the hike up Highland Bowl with Tony Drees, who in his own words is “a one-legged guy out here celebrating my 101st day skiing.” This is Drees first ski season living in Aspen-Snowmass and he was determined to not only collect a 100-day pin in his inaugural season but also to hike the Bowl for the first time. It was a day of community, celebration and honoring why we all choose to be in the mountains.

Thanks to Tony, his wife Maria, Aspen Skiing Co., Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol, Challenge Aspen, his friends and everyone who came together and provided support to make this hike possible. It was definitely one of our favorite Bowl hikes to date!

The Drop-In: Sundeck Lunch and Spring Laps

Take a break from your Monday doldrums to join Kelsey on Ajax for some Pad Thai at the Sundeck and spring laps in the sunshine. Also, tune in for all the happenings in town this week!

The Drop-In: Late Skiing on Ajax

The Drop-In: First chair on Tiehack

What’s it like to get first chair at one of the Aspen Skiing Co. resorts? On this episode of The Drop-In, Kelsey and Rose arrive to Tiehack at Buttermilk just before 9 a.m. and get to experience first chair and first tracks down on the spring corduroy. Buttermilk closes for the season on April 3, 2022, so make sure you get out and say goodbye to the ‘Milk before the lifts stop spinning this season!

The Drop-In: After work uphill on Buttermilk

Rose and Kelsey tackle West Buttermilk on their new uphill setups (thanks, Hamilton Sports!!). It’s a beautiful, sunny day to ski up and down the mountain. Don’t forget your uphill pass when enjoying one of our four mountains!

The Drop-In: A Monday morning spring snowstorm on Aspen Mountain

It was a little sleeper of a snow day on Aspen Mountain for the first Monday of the spring season. On this episode of The Drop-In, a heavy snow cloud was hanging over Aspen Mountain, so Rose attempts to get out of the flat, low visibility light and heads into the trees. Along the way she checks out the Friends of Aspen shrine and enjoys some soft, fresh snow on top of the runs.