Spring skiing

May SelbyAspen, CO Colorado
Tori and Mark Campisi atop Highland Bowl.

The weather proverb about March, “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” is at least half true. The first few days of the month saw chilly temps, bountiful snowstorms and powerful winds.

Hopefully, over the next few weeks, we’ll move into skiing slush bumps under bluebird skies. On the calendar for the rest of the season are a plethora of activities on and around the slopes. Today is the popular “Party on the Peak” at Highlands from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highlands Ski Patrol hosts the event about a snowball’s throw from the top of Highland Bowl, charging $5 per person for a barbecue lunch spread. It’s always worth the hike.

Bud Light Big Air Fridays continue through April 6 at Snowmass. Since moving from Highlands to Fanny Hill about five years ago, Big Air Fridays have become a mainstay and weekly favorite for the best snowboarders and skiers in the state. For eight straight Fridays competitors perform the latest tricks and slick moves on the moguls for a chance at a weekly prize purse and series points. Live music follows from 3-4:30 p.m. Stick around for fireworks afterward starting around 7 p.m. above Fanny Hill. A fun family activity every Friday in March is the Starlight Evenings at the Sundeck. Take a ride up the gondola on Aspen Mountain from 5:30-8 p.m. and download until 9. Dinner is served until 8 p.m. and live bands usually play all evening.

The 7th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam takes place from March 22-25 with all events free and open to the public. Since its inception, Spring Jam has become a premier spring festival in the Rockies. Back in 2002, the Black Eyed Peas played the final free concert for the festival at the base of Aspen Mountain. This year’s line-up includes JJ Grey, MOFRO and Ozomatli.