Mountain Mayhem: 19th annual Bonnie’s Bash keeps aloha spirit alive |

Mountain Mayhem: 19th annual Bonnie’s Bash keeps aloha spirit alive

May Selby
Mountain Mayhem

Bonnie’s Bash, an annual party held on the deck of the beloved Bonnie’s restaurant on Aspen Mountain, has become a rite of passage each ski season. Saturday, March 30, marked 19 years of the on-mountain Hawaiian-themed fiesta presented by Aspen local Sarah Manning, also known as “the pilot” for her profession of flying 767s for her day job.

The hostess with the mostest welcomed friends and friends of friends for the spring fling, spreading the word through social media and by passing out fliers in the weeks leading up to it.

For one guest, getting herself to the bash was a season-long goal. Katherine Roberts started as a never-ever skier in December, rising the ranks to level five, now connecting turns and making proper hockey stops, with lots of practice on steeper slopes. She proudly pulled up to the party, danced up a storm and skied to the base afterward.

Each year of Bonnie’s Bash seems to surpass the previous one and 2019 eclipsed them all. Stay tuned for 2020 and the 20th annual edition, keeping the Aspen aloha spirit alive!

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