Champagne, costumes, closing day |

Champagne, costumes, closing day

Schneetag participants try to sail their craft across the pond at last year's closing day event.
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Co. photo |


The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will run a special bus schedule Sunday for Aspen Highlands closing day.

From Rubey Park to Highlands, buses will leave five times per hour between 6 a.m. and noon. From noon to 3:30 p.m., buses will leave every 5 to 7 minutes. Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., they’ll go back to five times per hour. Then until 2 a.m., buses leave three times per hour.

Intercept lot and Buttermilk buses to Highlands will be running every half hour starting at 12:30 p.m.

Transportation from downvalley and Snowmass to Highlands includes regularly scheduled upvalley buses linking to special buses at the Maroon Creek Roundabout. That service runs from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

After the party, continuous buses will leave Highlands for Rubey Park until 6:30 p.m. Then regularly scheduled departures at :00, :20 and :40 go until 1:40 a.m. Connections to downvalley buses will be abailable at the Maroon Creek Roundabout.

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As the ski season comes to a bittersweet close, it’s one down, three to go.

Closing-day parties, that is.

Having fully recovered from Buttermilk Mountain’s Bacon Appreciation Day closing party April 3, it’s time to say goodbye to Snowmass Mountain this weekend.

But a short and sweet “see you soon” will do Sunday at Aspen Highlands, which will reopen for the two weekends that follow Aspen Mountain’s closing April 17.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know for this weekend’s back-to-back closing-day celebrations.

Snowmass Spring Fling

Targeted toward families and children of all ages, Snowmass’ Spring Fling closing party takes over the Base Village of the mountain from 2 to 5 p.m. today. The festivities include free family entertainment, such as a bouncy house, photo-booth station, face painters and a dunk tank benefiting the Rotary Club of Snowmass.

Aspen’s DJ Naka G will perform at the event, and at 3:30, Dance Progressions will put on a show.

Snowmass closing day also marks the last day to score sales at Snowmass Village’s shops.

For more information on the Snowmass Spring Fling, visit

Everything you need to know about Schneetag 2016 — Aspen Highlands closing day

Back at Aspen Highlands for its second year in a row, this year’s Schneetag marks the eighth anniversary of the closing-day event, which has taken place at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Mountain in the past.

The closing-day event that Skico says “is just as ridiculous and entertaining as it sounds,” kicks off Sunday at the base of Aspen Highlands at 1:30 p.m.

In the game of Schneetag, teams of four build a cardboard craft that they attempt to pilot down the slopes and across a 75-by-20-foot pond.

Each Schneetag team has its own theme and will perform a skit before its descent.

The craft must be less than 10 feet wide and weigh less than 400 pounds, including the pilot, and operate entirely by human power.

Only one member is permitted to pilot the craft across the pond.

Pilots must be older than 18 and are required to wear helmets.

First-, second- and third-place Schneetag teams may choose between prizes that include $50 Belly Up tickets and a $250 bar tab, four Budweiser branded beach cruisers, and four Bud Light branded ramp skis along with Tyrolia bindings.

Schneetag entry is free, but teams are required to register in advance and be at the venue by 12:30 p.m. Sunday to fill out waivers.

For more information about this year’s Schneetag, email Brendan Collins at

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