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Rain doesn’t stay away on closing day

Joel StoningtonAspen, CO Colorado
Derek Koster of Glenwood Springs gets some air after pond skimming during the Aspen Highlands closing party Sunday afternoon. (Paul Conrad/The Aspen Times)
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ASPEN It was snowing at the top of the Bowl, with freezing rain at Merry-Go-Round and rain at the bottom of Highlands on closing day, Sunday. The clouds were dark and the freezing rain painful, but people still came out to play with style. What is typically the busiest day of the season at Aspen Highlands was not on this Sunday, said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. Instead, attendance was off.”We declared it Whistler day – rain,” said Hanle, who added that he didn’t even bother to suit up, opting for a cold beer at the bottom instead. For many, however, the weather didn’t seem to matter for example, the three ladies dancing in the parking lot who identified themselves only as Purple People Eater No. 1, No. 2 and the Orange Skittle. “Last day at Highlands, baby,” said Purple People Eater No. 1. “I’m still going to rock it.”Indeed, the ridge to the top of the Bowl was crowded even in the pea soup fog, and the party at the bottom was bumping by 2 p.m.”It sucks that it’s raining,” said local Randy Young. “But the party is still going off.”At the bottom, music was overwhelming the rain, and people were starting in on the malted beverages like Monday would never come. The pool for pond-skimming was abusing people early on: A few kids threw frontflips into the pool and crawled out soaked. The folks who merely skied across didn’t get much applause, but those who ate it got roars of approval. “I’m going to step up in a minute,” Young said. “I think you kind of have to.”Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is jstonington@aspentimes.com


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