Good days count |

Good days count

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

April’s fools all of us. Out streaking down the hillside in the warm sunshine, a big sweet snowpack at our feet.

May April 2003 be remembered as three weeks of great skiing and riding in Aspen and Snowmass.

It has certainly been a winter full of good days, with the most snow in five seasons.

So on we go.

Highlands and Buttermilk close Sunday, April 6. Snowmass closes Sunday, April 13. Ajax closes Sunday, April 20.

Four cathedrals, full of grace.

For your sliding pleasure.

And the Skico is selling three-day lift tickets for $49, bands are playing “Spring Jam” gigs, and Gretchen Bleiler and Chris Klug are competing in the U.S. snowboarding team “Grand Prix” events, which cap the racing season.

This Thursday (4/3) at noon at Buttermilk, it’s boardercross.

On Friday at noon at Highlands, it’s slalom. Klug may race. That night, there is a party at NXT with a $10 cover charge.

On Saturday at noon at Highlands, it’s the parallel giant slalom finals, Klug’s speciality.

Then, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Aspen Mountain, it’s the “KickAspen” big air event, which has always been huge. It’s a great arena and this year there is a DJ and a “Beer Garden.”

Tend the garden.

And “enjoy a cold Bud Light and relaxed spring atmosphere,” suggests the Skico.

Later that night, from 9 to midnight, do the “Bud Light Pub Crawl” in downtown Aspen.

“Don’t run, crawl,” the event sponsors urge.

Only to emerge into Sunday morning.

At noon it’s the Dash for Cash on Ajax. Look for a top-to-bottom scramble ending on Nell with $5,000 to the first one down and $2,500 to the first team down.

And a race for cash in Aspen always brings out the willing and able.

Then. Then! Later that Sunday comes Gretchen B., who has totally stomped the women’s halfpipe competition this year, winning X Games gold here on her home turf. Totally claiming.

Halfpipe finals on Sunday at Buttermilk from 2 to 4 p.m. Could be a totally glorious day.

Especially with the Vandals from Orange County cranking punk rock at B-Milk from 4 to 6 p.m.

And then comes the second week of April. One week at a time. This week is the last for Highlands and Buttermilk. Focus on that.

Today should see highs in the mid-40s to lower 60s. Long time since the ’60s …

Windy on Wednesday, though, and mostly cloudy. Slight chance of rain and snow, with temps in the lower 40s to mid-50s.

Thursday, mostly cloudy with a slight chance of snow, 30s to 40s.

Which will do nicely.

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