Holiday weekend kicks off in Aspen |

Holiday weekend kicks off in Aspen

With the opening of Aspen Mountain to skiers and snowboarders and Independence Pass to motorists, Aspen is expected to come alive for Memorial Day weekend, highlighted by outdoor activities, community picnics, live music and the reopening of area restaurants. The celebration will culminate Monday with Memorial Day ceremonies by the courthouse.

With a base depth of 53 inches up top, Aspen Mountain will have access to 21 runs and nearly 130 acres of terrain today through Monday. The Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express chairlift will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Non-passholder lift tickets are $36 per day for ages 13 and older.

Ajax Tavern, J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome, Su Casa and Zeno are four restaurants that reopened this week. While new restaurant Hops Culture will make its Aspen debut from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. today, nearby eatery Justice Snow’s will reopen Monday. The Square Grouper hosts punk-rock band Memphis Linzy at 9:30 p.m. today, the same day Belly Up Aspen hosts a Red Hot Chili Peppers tribute band at 9:30 p.m. Belly Up also has scheduled DJ Naka G for 10 p.m. Sunday. The Red Onion, which also recently reopened, will host live music both days, as well.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, the Aspen Eagles Club is holding a free barbecue and block party in Newbury Park. The meal, which is free with donation, includes a pig roast, burgers, hot dogs and $2 beers. The afternoon also features live music, yard games and a bounce house for children. The Eagles Club is located at 700 E. Bleeker St., behind Obermeyer Place.

Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at noon Monday at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial, located at 506. E. Main St. between the county courthouse and the main county building.

The public is invited to attend, and veterans are encouraged to wear items of military memorabilia. Following the ceremony, Aspen Elks Lodge No. 224 will host a community picnic at Connor Park next to Aspen City Hall. The picnic is free and open to the public, as it is every year, and burgers and brats will be provided by the Elks.

“We honor the fallen, and that’s what Memorial Day’s about, so that’s the gist of our Memorial Day ceremony and then go and enjoy life afterwards,” organizer Dan Glidden said.

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