Celebrate Spring 2019 in Aspen
While recent snowfall seems to tell a different story, the clock is indeed ticking on winter. In fact, the first day of spring is just around the corner and we’re willing to bet there are still boxes to check on your winter to-do list. Fortunately, here in Aspen, winter is measured by the running of the ski lifts, and not by the spring equinox. So, hurry on up to Aspen and make the most of the remainder of the winter ski season before the clock runs out on April 21! Here’s a look at what we’re most excited about this spring in Aspen:
Extended Lift Hours
As the days get longer, so does the skiing! As of February 16, select lifts at all four Aspen Snowmass mountains continue running until 4pm through the end of the ski season. At Aspen Mountain those lifts are the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and the FIS lift. At Snowmass, the Elk Camp Gondola and Sheer Bliss lifts will run until 4 p.m. The Village Express will run until 4 p.m. to the top and until 4:15 p.m. to the mid station. The Exhibition lift at Aspen Highlands and the Summit Express lift at Buttermilk will also run until 4 p.m.
The Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) and Patagonia Snowmass present the 5th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Thursday, March 14th at the historic Wheeler Opera House. This special event showcases internationally acclaimed short films that inform and inspire action. Starting on April 2nd, the 28th Annual Aspen Shortsfest, named one of 50 film festivals worth the entry fee by Moviemaker Magazine, returns to the Wheeler. Look for the 2019 Shortsfest program announcement in a few weeks!
New this year, curator Agustina Mistretta, offers free weekly walking tours of local contemporary art galleries. Every Thursday evening, the tour will cover five to six different downtown galleries. Stops have included the Skye Gallery, the Cha Cha Gallery, the Gonzo Gallery and more.
The restaurant group behind Jimmy’s American Restaurant & Bar has partnered with chefs David Wang and Kiyong Kim to create a new winter pop-up restaurant, dubbed Hao House. Serving up Far East Street Food the menu includes a rotating set of shareable items inspired by Taiwanese, Korean and Japanese cuisines.
Does anything mark the arrival of spring better than free outdoor concerts? The always anticipated free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series returns this spring with performances by Turkuaz, Chromeo and Robert Randolph & The Family Band! The corner of Cooper and Galena Street will be the place to be on March 15th and 16th.
The 22nd Annual Winter Words series features writers at the height of their careers. On March 12th, head to Paepcke Auditorium from 6-7pm to see Jane Mayer, the author of four best-selling and critically acclaimed narrative non-fiction books. Her numerous honors include the George Polk Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Frances Perkins Prize for Courage.
This new music and mountain festival is the perfect place to celebrate the start of spring in the Rockies. In collaboration with Belly Up Aspen, Aspen Snowmass brings a brand new, three-day music festival to the base of Buttermilk. On Buttermilk’s closing weekend, April 5-7, enjoy performances by Umphrey’s McGee and The String Cheese Incident.
Belly Up Aspen is well known as one of the things that truly makes Aspen Aspen. It seems like every winter, they manage to kick it up yet another notch, and this spring is no exception. Don’t miss performances by Donavan Frankenreiter, Stephen Marley, moe., Chromeo, Lukas Nelson, STS9, Big Gigantic and more.
Nothing screams spring in Aspen quite like bacon, a freezing cold pond, hilarious outfits, and gigantic parties. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the end of the ski season, look no further. At Aspen Snowmass, we don’t just have one celebration, we have four. Start with Bacon Day at Buttermilk on April 8th, then head over to Aspen Highlands in the afternoon for the biggest bash of the season. If the excitement at Aspen Highlands wasn’t enough for you, head to Aspen Mountain on the 15th for an 80’s prom at the Sundeck, La Ultima Fiesta at Ajax Tavern, or hop the bus to Snowmass Village for Schneetag and the annual Surf & Snow Beach Party at Elk Camp.
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