End of the line
All good things must come to an end. Such is true this Sunday when Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk put the exclamation point on one of the most memorable seasons in years.After 28 feet of snow this past winter, Highlands has an upper mountain base depth of almost 100 inches. All of the mountain’s terrain will be open on the final day of operation.”This is a great day at Aspen Highlands and has become a local’s favorite,” said Highlands’ mountain manager Ron Chauner in a Skico news release. “The mountain is in great shape and we’re going out in style.”This year’s closing party is expected to be bigger than year’s past, and because of limited parking, Skico officials are urging skiers and snowboarders to use the free shuttles that leave from Aspen.There is also a free shuttle from the free Buttermilk parking lot to Highlands, but Skico officials expect for the lot to fill up early.The free shuttles from Aspen pull into Highlands every 20 minutes. The Castle/Maroon route and Highlands Direct routes also stop at Highlands throughout the day.The direct shuttles from Buttermilk to Highlands run every 15 minutes, beginning at 7 a.m. up until 11:30 a.m., and again from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The shuttle runs every half hour between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Closing day festivities begin at Iguana’s Bar and Grill at 2 p.m. with DJ Dylan spinning outside on the deck. Soul Feel will also perform inside Iguana’s starting at 3 p.m. The party will run until around 7 p.m.Sunday also marks the public’s last chance to ride the terrain park and superpipe at Buttermilk this season. All of Buttermilk is open and in excellent condition for closing day.”These are the best conditions I can ever remember for closing day and the terrain park is the best it’s ever been as well,” said Hans Hohl, Buttermilk mountain manager.
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