Aspen Skiing Company’s full moon fever finale is Wednesday
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Where: Base of Tiehack, skin-up to Cliffhouse Restaurant
When: Today, dinner service begins at 5 p.m. Free hot chocolate from 5 to 6 p.m.
Tonight marks skiers’ last chance to skin up Tiehack at Buttermilk under a full moon, followed by a fire, live music and dinner on the mountain.
After skinning up Buttermilk today, skiers can sip complimentary hot chocolate around the Cowboy Cauldron fire pit on the deck of Cliffhouse Restaurant from 5 to 6 p.m.
Also beginning at 5 p.m., the Cliffhouse will offer snacks and an a la carte dinner menu until 8:30 or 9 p.m.
Chinese roasted duck, trout, salmon, homemade chili, Mongolian barbecue-style meats and veggies and assorted desserts are among a few of the dishes that the Cliffhouse will serve for dinner.
There also will be a cash bar and a performance by local rockers Aspen Biker Band.
Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said the previous two moonlit skin and Cliffhouse dinners attracted a couple hundred people, and that he expects similar numbers and potentially more tonight, weather pending.
“It has been an amazing community event that just gives everybody something new and different to try,” Hanle said.
Today is the third and final Tiehack full moon skin and dinner series, which Skico launched earlier this winter season.
“We did this because it is something that we as locals like to do and that would be fun to share with the community,” Hanle said. “The uphill sport is booming and this is just another way for people to enjoy it.”
It also is rewarding to earn your turns on the slopes, as skin-loving skiers like Aspen native Sarah McClanahan point out.
“It’s quite exhilarating, being alone in such stark temperatures, relying on your momentum for body heat,” McClanahan said. “Feeling so alive and in tune with the quiet hours of night.”
All guests partaking in the event today must either skin or hike up Buttermilk, and ski, snowboard or walk down.
Sleds are not permitted and there will be no lift or vehicular access to the Cliffhouse.
Headlamps and reflective clothing are strongly recommended.
“Skinning is all about the art of layering,” McClanahan said.
This means a good base layer, a mid-layer, preferably lightweight, and a breathable shell.
McClanahan said she usually even wears a headlamp on clear nights so that other skiers are able to see her as they ski down, but added that the full moon “illuminates the slope wonderfully.”
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