Closing time ski season over |

Closing time ski season over

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado
Luke Scheidler and Emily Burke play beer pong at Surefoot on Durant Avenue in honor of the end of the ski season Sunday. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

ASPEN Denise Handrich of Snowmass was out Sunday afternoon on Aspen Mountain, with spikes on her helmet and sparkly streamers trailing behind. “Sun out all day, perfect spring snow at Snowmass yesterday,” she said. “We closed it yesterday, and now we’re closing this one.” Old Aspen was alive and well Sunday, as locals came out to close another season on Aspen Mountain – and Snowmass. Neon one-pieces, motorcycle helmets and stretch pants were de rigeur on closing day, and everyone was letting go as Aspen slipped into the offseason.

The Surefoot crew set up a beer pong table in front of the store early; there was a game going before noon. Employee Chris Homan of Aspen said he cracked his first beer at 9:30 a.m. and was still standing in the early afternoon when other employees returned to party. Jason Moan of Aspen plunked a pingpong ball into the cup of a dental hygienist who wished to remain anonymous.

“Drop it like it’s hot,” Moan said, as the hygienist groaned and downed the glass of beer.Up on the mountain, a few hardy souls took advantage of Bell Mountain’s staying open until 5 p.m. and rode the last few chairs of the season.Those going up the gondola were feeling good about another ski season come and gone.

“Great powder, great parties, plenty of each,” Handrich said. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address

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