Snowmass strips down for closing weekend |

Snowmass strips down for closing weekend

Erica Robbie
The Aspen Times
Floridian Matthew Lent skis through slush on Snowmass Mountain.
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Snowmass end of season specials

81615 T-Shirt & Gift: select items up to 30 percent off

Ajax Supply: Winter clearance items up to 30 percent off

Aspen Sports: 30 to 40 percent off sale items

Big Hoss Grill: “Customer Appreciation Day” (April 17)

Christy Sports: Up to 40 percent off sale items and 85 percent off select demo skis

D&E: 20 to 40 percent off sale items

EnJay Boutique: Select items on sale

Four Mountain Sports: Sidewalk sale 20 to 40 percent off

Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods: 40 percent off clothing

Gorsuch: 50 to 70 percent off sale items

Local Color/Local Rebels: select items on sale

New Belgium Ranger Station: “Burger & a Beer” specials

The North Face: 30 to 40 percent off sale items

Performance Ski: 50 percent off winter jackets and pants

Quiksilver: Up to 40 percent off winter clothing

Ricard Restaurant at the Viceroy: Drink specials

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory: 40 percent overstock sale (April 13 to 16)

Sidewinder Sports: select items on sale

Slopeside Lanes: $3 draft beer, $4 cans of beer, $5 well drinks, 20 percent off pizza and $4 bowling after 9:30 p.m.

Snowmass Sports: 20 to 40 percent off select items

Snowmass T-Shirt Company: 50 percent off select items

Snowmass Trading Company: 50 percent off select items

Stay Tuned Ski & Sports: Demo skis on sale from $150 to $350

Sundance Liquor & Gifts: End of season sale items

Sunglass Panache: 20 percent off

Sunset Ski: 50 percent off all rental demo skis and boards; 40 percent off all 2016-2017 skis and boards

courtesy of Snowmass Tourism

Two Snowmass mountain restaurateurs are on a mission to bring more life — and maybe a Guinness world record — to Snowmass’ closing day.

“I think we’re both kind of inspired by the same ‘grow this fun element’ at Snowmass,” Elk Camp Restaurant manager Dieter Schindler said of he and Dave Dugan, a part owner of the Base Camp Bar & Grill, Slice and Sake restaurants. “We have a common cause of creating a cooler closing day.”

Snowmass will celebrate its closing weekend with beach-themed “Spring Fling” events today, while the ski area will close for the season Sunday.

With sights set on “adding color” to Snowmass’ closing day, Schindler is introducing a new event this year: the swimsuit ski down.

Break out the bikinis and board shorts, Snowmass, because Schindler means business.

Upon browsing through the Guinness Book of World Records for “ski-related things,” Schindler said he and a colleague decided Snowmass should be home to a future record for largest swimsuit ski down.

“My colleague, Rob, did some footwork with Guinness to determine what we have to do to make it happen,” Schindler said. “This year we’ll be able to have some barometer to see how hard we have to work to break the record.”

According to the Elk Camp manager, the 2016 record for number of participants in a swimsuit ski down was 1,008.

Within the “past week or two,” Schindler said he’s received word of 1,200 bathing suit-clad skiers striving for the 2017 record, noting the figure is still pending verification.

“If we could just get the word out and grow it, we’ll definitely have that record in a year or two,” Schindler said. “It’s attainable; we definitely have that many people. We have a ski mountain and we certainly know how to party.”

The inaugural swimsuit ski down will commence at Elk Camp at 3 p.m. and continue down Adam’s Avenue to Base Village.

“(Dieter and Dave) have really spearheaded this day,” Snowmass Tourism director Rose Abello said. “They deserve all the credit. We’re really here to help them get the word out.”

Closing day festivities also will include a party at Elk Camp, live music at restaurants on the mountain and the mall, a beach-themed party in Base Village and several end-of-season restaurant specials and retail sales.

Snowmass closing day events include:

Snowmass “Spring Fling” Closing Day Schedule:

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: “Surf and Snow Party” at Elk Camp

Elk Camp will host a dance party with DJ Naka G, free leis, volleyball, drink specials, a taco bar and margarita bike blenders. Giveaways will include a season pass to Snowmass bike park, gift certificates to Base Village establishments, hats, T-shirts and more. The party will wrap up with the swimsuit ski down at 3 p.m.

Noon to 6 p.m.: Live music at Venga Venga

Venga Venga will offer live music on the patio along with apres specials.

1 to 3 p.m.: Live music at Gwyn’s High Alpine

Gwyn’s will feature cocktail specials and live music by Berkel Beats on the patio.

3 to 7 p.m.: Spring Fling Beach Party in Base Village

Base Camp will host a dueling DJ dance party with Berkel Beats and DJ Naka G. The party will include a sand dance floor, beach balls, palm trees and a pig roast cook-off featuring chefs from Base Camp, 8K, Slice and Mountain Bayou. The pig roast is free but donations, benefitting Challenge Aspen, are encouraged. The party also will feature local vendors and a “Kids Beach Fun Zone,” complete with a bounce house and entertainers.

For updates on Snowmass’ Spring Fling, visit http://www.go

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