Aspen Times Weekly: Current events
Break out your neon onesie — it’s closing day season.
Snowmass Ski Area and Aspen Highlands are closing out the 2014-15 ski season this weekend, with all the traditional on-snow reverie.
At Snowmass, the Aspen Skiing Co. is hosting Snowmass Closing Daze on Saturday, April 11 with a family-friendly take on the end-of-season throwdown. Clowns, face painters, a dunk tank and Snowy the Mammoth will be on hand in Base Village, where DJ One Shake will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. with après-ski food and drink specials at the surrounding restaurants. On the village mall, a merchant sidewalk sale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
At Highlands, Aspen’s legendary closing party will feature the traditional bacchanal at the base, with festivities that also include the seventh-annual local Schneetag, with teams of four piloting man-made crafts down the slope in an attempt to cross a skim pond. After one last lap in Highland Bowl, join the throng outside the Ritz and the Alehouse. The de facto after-party this year is at Belly Up, where local favorite Boombox returns for what promises to be a blowout of a show.
There’s no purer expression of Aspen’s ski town spirit than its closing day parties. So join in and don’t put your skis in the closet just yet. Then prepare to do it all over again next weekend: Aspen Mountain closes April 19.
More information at http://www.aspensnowmass.com
Buttermilk will truly go to the dogs on Sunday, April 12, when the mountain, closed to skiers for the season, will host the 20th annual Sun Dog’s K-9 Uphill.
The yearly race up the mountain — dubbed “a snowshoe event for dogs and their people” — starts at 10 a.m. with dog-and-owner teams making their way 2 miles and 2,000 vertical feat to the summit. The race benefits no-kill animal shelters, and will have demo dogs and snowshoes available on-site.
Registration is $30 in advance and $35 on Sunday. More information and registration at http://www.sundogathletics.com
Along with its daily programs of short films, Aspen Shortsfest includes two noteworthy filmmaker panels on Saturday, April 11.
At noon, screenwriter, actress and producer Kay Cannon, whose credits include “Pitch Perfect” and “30 Rock,” will speak with the Writers Guild Foundation’s Kevin Ott about her creative process. And at 3:30 p.m., Oscar-nominated director Jason Reitman will talk about the movies that shaped him and led to his creations as writer-director, from “Juno” to “Men, Women & Children.”
Both events are at the Wheeler Opera House. Tickets available at the Wheeler Box office and http://www.aspenshowtix.com
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