Mountain Mayhem: Endless winter? |

Mountain Mayhem: Endless winter?

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May SelbyTom Engelman desperately seeking deep powder in Highland Bowl.

Last year’s ski season never seemed to end with bountiful snow prompting Skico to keep the lifts open through April and backcountry skiers to hit the high country into summer. With the favorable conditions of late, the jury’s out for what we’ll experience this season. Regardless, the next few weeks hold plenty of activities both on and off the slopes.

From April 3-5, the second annu al CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational hosted by Olympic silver medalist and three-time X Games winner Gretchen Bleiler brings the world’s best female snowboarders to Snowmass. Check out the snowboard superpipe competition, yoga classes, an environmental workshop and other activities with Bleiler and fellow athletes including Kelly Clark, Elena Hight and Jamie Anderson.

Closing day celebrations are planned at each of the ski areas with Aspen Highlands being the most notable on Sunday, April 5. Get the one-pieces, wigs and funky shades out ” it’s time to party like it’s 2009. (Rumor has it that ZG Grill plans to host a party the week before as well ” a dress rehearsal of sorts for the official April 5 celebration.) On Sunday, April 12, the K9 Uphill returns to Buttermilk. Take your own pooch or a loaner from the pound and trek up the slopes in the name of the Aspen Animal Shelter and Valley Dog Rescue. Also that day, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass draw to a close with apres-ski events at the Sky Hotel in Aspen and at Base Village in Snowmass.

To take advantage of discounted lift tickets, equipment rentals and tunes throughout the rest of the season, holders of season and Classic passes are invited to share the mountains with family and friends with the Pass it On program. Check out for more information.

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