Aspen Skiing Co. making bacon at Buttermilk
Aspen Skiing Co. employees will be makin’ bacon at Buttermilk on Sunday for the fourth consecutive year on closing day.
Bacon Appreciation Day at Buttermilk will feature bacon snacks and samples all day. The goodies will include bacon waffles, bacon samples, sundaes with bacon sprinkles and a bacon-and-beer happy hour.
Buttermilk’s closing also will include the Grudge Match Rail Jam at the rail garden from 2 to 4 p.m. The format is a head-to-head bracket-style snowboard competition. The winner will receive $1,000, and the top four competitors will take home prizes. Registration is free in person at Radio Boardshop, located at 400 E. Hopkins Ave. in Aspen, or by calling 970-925-9373.
The rail jam will be followed by the Bacon Bartenders’ Brawl, where Skico bartenders will compete to make the best bacon-inspired cocktail.
For skiers and snowboarders looking to make a feast of the bacon at Buttermilk, here is Sunday’s schedule:
9 a.m. — Bacon waffles at the top of Summit Express chairlift
11:30 a.m. — Bacon samplers at the bottom of the mountain’s three lifts as well as No Problem Cabin and patrol headquarters
12:30 p.m. — Bacon-wrapped scallops at patrol headquarters
Lunch hour — Bacon specials at Cliffhouse and Bumps restaurants
2 to 4 p.m. — Grudge Match Rail Jam
2:30 p.m. — Bacon dessert at the Beach at Bumps, bacon-and-beer happy hour at Bumps
3:30 p.m. — Kids’ games in the base area
4 p.m. — Bartenders’ Brawl, with Skico bartenders duking it out to make the best bacon-inspired cocktail. Purchase five tickets to sample each drink (five bartenders) for $15, and vote for your favorite.
There is a cost associated with lunches, happy hour and the Bartenders’ Brawl. All other bacon items are free.
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