Mountain Mayhem: Closing day |

Mountain Mayhem: Closing day

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May SelbyThe Cookie Monster gets patriotic at the Aspen Highlands closing day party.

Aspen Highlands’ closing day has cemented its role as a rite of passage to locals and tourists alike. Last Sunday was no exception with the slopes packed in celebration of epic conditions and blue skies, encouraging a constant line of hikers up the bowl in search of the steep and deep.

Social gatherings took place all over the hill from Joint Point for a picnic with a view to Cloud Nine for wining, dining and dancing on the tables to the Merry Go Round to groove to DJ Naka G’s beats.

Down at the base for apres-ski, city council candidate Adam Frisch hosted a politics and pizza party at Liv Aspen Art Gallery while Highlands Pizza Company served Italian fare, offering a more relaxed setting from the slopeside mayhem.

Naka G joined DJ Dylan for a rockin’ nonstop set on the deck at ZG Grill, appealing to the throngs of partiers prime to rage into the evening.

All paused to applaud the Highlands Ski Patrol as they made their ceremonial sweep down the slopes, then went right back to reveling.

As per tradition, the style factor was at an all-time high with an array of retro ski couture unearthed from the Thrift Shop and closets around Colorado. Both men and women sported one-pieces, neon attire, stirrup ski pants, old school shades from Vuar­nets to Revos, you name it. Characters including gorillas, penguins, Scooby Doo and even the Cookie Monster made appearances at the party, rendering closing day the closest thing to Halloween in the spring.

As local icon Benny the Blade put it: “It’s by far the best party of the year.”

The good news is we’ve got two more weekends to ski Highlands with its reopening April 18-19 and April 25-26

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