Aspen Snowmass Spring Events Calendar
One thing is for certain, the powers that be at Aspen Snowmass are focusing on the fun factor by adding some awesome events to their spring calendar, including a weekend of groomed runs for we uphillers after Buttermilk closes, how cool is that?
Aspen Snowmass Spring Extended Lift Hours
Starting now, we can all ski in that beautiful afternoon light with extended lift hours.
Sunset Skiing on Aspen Mountain
Sunset skiing on Aspen Mountain is set for Friday, March 31. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express will run until 6 p.m for skiing and riding. In addition to top to bottom skiing, the Ruthie’s side of the mountain will stay open with access back to the Gondola via Tower 7 Road.
Groomed Uphill Weekend on Buttermilk
Aspen Snowmass is hosting a full weekend of free groomed access at Buttermilk Mountain the weekend of Apr. 8-9.
Aspen Snowmass Spring Events
The spring event line-up includes an abundance of free events across all four peaks. All part of the resort’s 17th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, events range from two Bud Light Hi-Fi concerts headlined with acts such as The Main Squeeze, a throwback event called Freestyle Friday, the popular Bacon Appreciation Day at Buttermilk, the classic Schneetag event at Aspen Highlands and more.
17th Annual Bud Light Spring Jam
Mar. 25-Apr. 9
The 17th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, the premier spring festival in the Rocky Mountains, will bring a schedule filled with competitions, concerts and parties to Aspen Snowmass. The festival features everything from free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts in Snowmass with acts such as Moon Taxi and The Big Squeeze, to competitions such as the Banked Slalom and the return of the FreestyleFriday event taking place at Aspen Highlands. Other events include the classic Bacon Appreciate Day at Buttermilk and the ninth annual Schneetag competition.
Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert: Moon Taxi
Kicking off the 17th annual Bud Light Spring Jam, Moon Taxi will hit the stage in Snowmass Base Village at 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 25. Based in Nashville, Moon Taxi was formed in 2006 and has dropped two albums since and appeared on shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. They have also performed at popular festivals such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lollapalooza and more. Their music is described as American indie-progressive rock.
Aspen Highlands, Scarlett’s Run
Freestyle Friday returns after a 13 year hiatus to the Spring Jam calendar and will consist of skiers competing in a single elimination competition where they will race side-by-side down a course consisting of 400 feet of bumps, two skier cross banking turns, a spine jump, a big air jump and a rail slide. The winner will be crowned by a combination of the fastest time and overall impression.
Sunset skiing returns to Aspen Mountain Mar. 31 allowing guests to ski Aspen Mountain past normal operating hours. The Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express will run until 6 p.m. and the Sundeck will host a party under the stars until 9:30 p.m. complete with a DJ, drink specials and a dance party.
The fourth annual Aspen Snowmass Banked Slalom Snowboard Race will take place in SnowmassApr. 1. Join or watch as the local snowboarding community gathers for a day of fast-turning and friendly competition. After last year’s “longest banked slalom course ever,” expectations are high for this year’s event. All participants are invited to join in a community course build day,Thursday, Mar. 30. Course build workers will receive preferred course access, design input opportunities, lunch and a special gift. Entry fee is $30 and advance registration is required. Registration will open Mar. 1.
Crested Butte to Aspen
This 40-mile backcountry ski race spans across an old mail route from the 1880’s that connects the towns of Aspen and Crested Butte. The race begins at midnight in Crested Butte and climbs more than 7,800 vertical feet before the extreme endurance event comes to an end in Aspen. In order to maintain safety, the race is done in teams of two and all racers must have the mandatory gear in order to compete. The Elk Mountain Grand Traverse has been a staple event since 1998 and truly tests athlete’s mental and physical toughness.
Bacon Appreciation Day
In celebration of Buttermilk’s closing day, the mountain hosts an annual Bacon Appreciation Day featuring a schedule of all things bacon including bacon waffles at the summit in the morning, bacon samplers around the mountain throughout the day, kid’s games in the base area and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps restaurant. A cost is associated with the lunches and happy hour, but all other bacon items are free while supplies last.
In conjunction with Bacon Appreciation Day, Buttermilk will also host an uphilling event called ‘Fueled by Bacon Sizzle Up’ that will begin at 8 a.m. at the base (registration day-of starting at 7 a.m. at the base of Buttermilk) and end the Cliffhouse. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Costume, the Center Cut (person who is in the middle of the pack) and for the fastest family, with additional prizes raffled off as well. Bacon will be available at the base and finish line and bacon waffles will be served at the Cliffhouse. Cost is $15 for individuals and $40 for a family of four.
Smith Optics Grudge Match
The Smith Optics Grudge Match is a snowboard only rail jam event that will take place Apr. 2 at Buttermilk Mountain. Featuring a head-to-head bracket style snowboard competition, the winner will take home $1,000 in cash and a pair of Smith I/O goggles. The event will also include food and drinks specials as well as a DJ playing in the Bumps Restaurant patio area. Registration for the rail jam is free. Call (970) 925-9373 for more information.
Taking place in the Snowmass Base Village, the Main Squeeze will take to the stage at 4 p.m.Saturday, Apr. 8. The Main Squeeze is an energetic five-piece band that blends funk, soul and rock n’ roll. With roots in Bloomington, Indiana’s vibrant live music scene, since their inception, The Main Squeeze has amassed a remarkably loyal and rapidly growing national fan base. They’ve graced the stages at some of the country’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Phases of the Moon and Gathering of The Vibes.
Taking place Sunday, Apr. 9 at the bottom of Aspen Highlands, the ninth annual Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog) invites teams of four to create a craft they will pilot down a slope and attempt to float across a 20 by 50 foot pond. Schneetag is the German word for “snow day.” Put simply, it translates to “daredevils willing to propel themselves down a hill, over a jump and across a pond on a craft they built themselves.” Each team will present a theme and perform a skit before they descend. Entry is free, but pre-registration online is required. The competition starts at 1:30 p.m.
Spring event sponsors include Bud Light, GoPro, Audi, Helly Hansen, Coca Cola, Noosa Yogurt, Lavazza, Perky Jerky, Alchemy, Snowmass Tourism, Belly Up Aspen, Smith, Clif Bar and Head.
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