Ski enthusiasts can only hope for a fresh powder day on Aspen Mountain to conclude the 2015-16 winter season.
But rain or shine, the party is on, said The Little Nell public relations manager May Shelby.
Aspen Mountain’s closing day, otherwise known as the final hurrah of the season, will kick off Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with a Mexican-themed fiesta at Ajax Tavern.
AT THE BASE
Ajax Tavern will serve gourmet Mexican cuisine prepared by its sous chef along with its signature burgers and truffle fries from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A mariachi band will perform at the tavern from about 1 to 3 p.m., followed by a party on the patio with Mexican street fare, margaritas and beer specials, pinatas and entertainment from 2 to 5 p.m.
For the last two hours of the party, Selby — otherwise known as “DJ Mayfly” — will spin her tracks at the base of the mountain.
The fiesta will include a taco bar and prize giveaways such as a snowboard and a cruiser bike, she said.
ON THE SLOPES
The Bell Mountain Buck-Off — a closing tradition that’s guaranteed every year — will kick off at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Buckaroos meet at the ridge of Bell to ski down the mountain together in groups.
While the Buck-Off isn’t judged, Aspen Mountain manager Peter King said people still get pretty into it.
“Some of the same people who did it 40 years ago are still doing it today,” King said with a laugh.
King expects informal gatherings and parties to also take place on the slopes, particularly at Tourtelotte Park and Buckhorn Cabin.
Still, Ajax’s closing day “is a little more low-key on the mountain,” King said.
Because how could we say goodbye to the ski season without a final apres-ski session?
The Sky Hotel will throw a “Boogie Nights”-themed close party at the hotel’s 39 Degrees lounge and outdoor patio Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m.
Partygoers also can “cheers to one more year” as the Sky Hotel, which was slated to close for the season, will remain open for another winter season.
Local DJ Naka G will provide the entertainment, along with DJ Dylan and DJ Echo.
To reserve a VIP space, call 970-925-6720.
It’s almost time to ring in the new year and if your holiday schedule is shaping up to be as packed as mine, I wish you a well-deserved rest in 2024. In the meantime, it’s our chance to party, and party we shall.