Buttermilk to end ski season with a bunch of bacon on Sunday
IF YOU GO
What: Buttermilk Mountain closing day/Bacon Appreciation Day
When: Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Buttermilk Mountain base and summit
Cost: Bacon dishes are free while supplies last. There are costs for lunches, happy hour and the bartender’s brawl
For more information: contact Aspen Skiing Co. at 970-925-1220
Nothing says “so long” to ski season like a bunch of bacon.
Buttermilk will close out its season Sunday with Bacon Appreciation Day — featuring bacon waffles, bacon samplers and bacon and beer happy hour.
Aspen Highlands will be open for another week, closing April 9. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass close April 16. Aspen Skiing Co. hasn’t announced yet if it will extend the season, weather permitting.
Buttermilk has made a tradition of closing with bacon.
“Bacon makes everything better, even closing day,” said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle.
A bacon treat will be served by Sweet ColoraDough at the base area and bacon waffles will be dished up at the Cliffhouse Restaurant at the summit from 9:30 a.m. until it runs out.
A different bacon sampler will be handed out at each of the ski area’s primary chairlifts, Summit Express, West Buttermilk and Tiehack from 11 a.m. until they are gone. There also will be peppered bacon and BLT sliders at the base of the Summit Express lift.
In the afternoon, bacon caramel kettle corn will be provided in the base area along with maple candied short-rib bacon and chips and bacon. There will be children’s games, s’mores and face painting. Bumps Restaurant at the base will host the bacon and beer happy hour.
“A cost is associated with the lunches, happy hour and the bartenders’ brawl, but all other bacon items are free while supplies last,” said Aspen Skiing Co.’s statement.
Buttermilk will also host the “Fueled By Bacon Sizzle Up” uphilling event. Registration starts at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. at the base. Participants will climb main Buttermilk to the Cliffhouse. The cost is $15 for individuals and $40 for a family of four.
Prizes will be awarded for best costume, the center cut for the person in the middle of the pack and for the fastest. Bacon will be handed out at the start line and bacon waffles will be served at the finish, while supplies last.
While the lifts will stop spinning at Buttermilk on Sunday, it’s not quite the end of the season there. Buttermilk will reopen April 8 and 9 for a weekend of uphilling activities. Skico and the city of Aspen are teaming to provide free access to the slopes. About 70 percent of the terrain at Tiehack, Main Buttermilk and West Buttermilk will be groomed.
“All athletes, abilities and non-motorized equipment are welcome to participate,” said a notice from Skico. “Options for uphilling include ski touring, trail running, snowshoeing, split boarding and hiking.”
The hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the top and bottom of the ski area. The base will be transformed into a “Festival Village” with vendors, demo booths, guides and clinics.
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