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Spring has sprung: Time for sunset skiing, more apres

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times
Snowmass Base Village Plaza was a zoo in March 2014 when Lucas Nelson and P.O.T.R. performed their free Bud Light Hi-Fi series concert. Nahko and Medicine for the People will perform on the Base Village stage Saturday, followed by a fireworks display over the mountain.
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If you go …

Sunset Skiing and Sundeck Party

Free to passholders; free for foot passengers after 4 p.m.

Skiing till 6 p.m.; Sundeck party noon to 9:30 p.m.

Aspen Mountain

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Free

4 p.m., Saturday

Snowmass Base Village

(followed by fireworks)

Lynn Britt Cabin après-ski party

Drink specials

Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday through end of season

Snowmass ski area

Ullr Nights

$9

Every Friday through April 1

Elk Camp, Snowmass ski area

Thanks to daylight saving time beginning Sunday, the sun is staying up an hour later even as the days are getting longer with the start of spring.

So it’s no wonder that people want to keep skiing — or apresing — later into the day, and Aspen Skiing Co. is answering the call.

The Ajax Express will turn until 6 p.m. today so that skiers and snowboarders can ride until sunset. In the Sundeck, a party with a DJ and drink specials will start at noon and go well into the night for “a party under the stars,” as Skico called it.

Skico has offered sunset skiing for a few years now, moving it around to different mountains from year to year, spokesman Jeff Hanle said. Last year, the Sundeck turned into an all-out dance party with patrons packed in shoulder to shoulder.

“It is just an amazing and unique experience to be on the hill until 6 p.m. skiing while the sun sets,” he said.

Snowmass Village will not lack for a springtime party, either. The free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series continues today with a performance by Nahko and Medicine for the People in Base Village. The outdoor concert will be capped off with a fireworks display, a new addition this year, said Rose Abello, director of Snowmass Tourism.

A scheduled moonlit cross-country trek and dinner — a monthly event that has been selling out since it started in January — had to be canceled after the Snowmass Cross-Country Center decided to end its season this week due to snow conditions.

It was disappointing to the Snowmass Tourism, Snowmass Chapel, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Fire and Snowmass Club team members who helped pull the full-moon parties off, but they’re excited about the future and starting the dinners earlier in the season next year, Abello said.

“So many people had so much fun at this event,” Abello said. “We’re so gung ho on next year.”

Another factor in the decision was the 7 p.m. start time, which with the time change is now before sundown, Abello pointed out. Next year, the organizers will tweak the schedule for the March event to account for weather and daylight hours, she said.

And on the mountain, Skico continues to offer Ullr Nights — a family-friendly program offering tubing, snow biking, dinner, music and more at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola — on Fridays and apres-ski at the Lynn Britt Cabin on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

jill@snowmasssun.com


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