Blitzenbanger Bash returns to Aspen Highlands for 34th celebration |

Blitzenbanger Bash returns to Aspen Highlands for 34th celebration


What: Blitzenbanger Bash 2016

When: Saturday, March 12 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Aspen Highlands

Cost: $35 for unlimited beer and cocktail tastings. Tickets can be purchased for $35 at the Aspen Highlands Base Area on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information: contact Jen Radueg, Radiate Live Events event director, at 970.485.1811 or

Want to ski while competing in an on-mountain scavenger hunt? Or listen to live music and drink beer while hula-hooping with the Guinness World Records-holding champion.

Look no further than the 34th annual Blitzenbanger Bash, one of Aspen’s longest-running local celebrations, which takes place today at Aspen Highlands.

While the bash has evolved throughout the years, “at its core, the event celebrates skiing and spring,” said Julia Theisen, vice president of sales and marketing for the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

This year’s event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the annual on-mountain scavenger hunt, where participants will ski and search for 103 hot-pink numbers hidden across the mountain until the bash begins at Highlands Ale House at noon.

The bash will feature unlimited craft beer from more than 10 local and regional brewers — including Crazy Mountain Brewery Co., Roaring Fork Brewery and Aspen Brewing Co. — and cocktail tastings provided by Cayman Jack and Marble Distilling Company on the deck of the Ale House, which will also offer its own food and drinks specials.

“If you like tasting craft beers, like I do, this is a great event,” local John Tikunoff said. “The vendors are very nice and explain their beers very well.”

The Squirts and tech house DJ Andrew Wickes will play live music while Guinness World Records holder Betty Hoops challenges Blitzenbanger bashers to a hula-hoop contest.

Event partner and local radio station KSPN will celebrate its 46th birthday by serving free cake at 2 p.m.

“The weather is going to be perfect to enjoy craft beer and cocktail tastings and to celebrate on the snow with live music and contests,” Radiate Live Events marketing director Lee Sims said, adding that it’s the perfect way to kick off spring in the valley.

“It’s fun to run into a lot of your local friends,” added Tikunoff, who’s lived in Aspen for 22 years. “And it’s great to be out in the sun, next to the slopeside at Highlands, watching all the people, enjoying craft beers and just having a good time.”

This year’s Blitzenbanger Bash will benefit the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation, which provides charitable grants to children and families facing financial hardship due to the expenses of severe medical procedures. Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation co-founder Samantha “Sammy” Remington died of lifelong health complications Feb. 27.

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