Aspen Highlands, CO 4-10-16

Yesterday was the “official closing day” at Aspen Highlands. That’s traditionally meant partying.

The weather wasn’t promising to start. When I rode up the Exhibition quad, I unloaded in dense fog and spitting snow at the Merry-go-round mid-mountain area. But by noontime most of the clouds had disappeared and the brilliant Colorado sun dominated the mountainscape.

A lady in purple tutu swigs champagne at Aspen Highlands on the official closing day

A lady in purple tutu swigs champagne at Aspen Highlands on the official closing day

I took the pic above at Picnic Point, one of the most scenic spots on the hill. A party was going on, and the lady in purple tutu swigging champagne from the bottle was emblematic of the day’s festivities.

In the pic above, Pyramid Peak is seen to the right of the guy in the pompom hat, and the twin peaks of the Maroon Bells are seen underneath the lady’s elbow. All are Colorado Fourteeners.

I put the term “official closing day” in quotes because Aspen Highlands will actually be open for the next two weekends. But by then it’s likely that snow conditions will have deteriorated and fewer skiers and snowboarders will be in the mood to party.