Top Colorado ski resorts’ closing parties

Dan Leeth
The Denver Post
File photo: Aspen Highlands closing party.
Anna Stonehouse/The Aspen Times

Crested Butte (closes Sunday, April 7)

The weekend opens with SkiTown Breakdown, a Friday-Sunday music festival. On Saturday afternoon, it will have the Landshark Pond Skim, where costumed contestants slide across the water on skis and snowboards.

Aspen Buttermilk (closes Sunday, April 7)

Buttermilk will celebrate with Bacon Appreciation Day, featuring a schedule of all things bacon. The morning will offer a Fueled by Bacon Sizzle Up uphill event. Music, hot tubs and a bacon and beer happy hour at Bumps restaurant fills the afternoon.

Keystone (closes Sunday, April 7)

The resort will celebrate with its end-of-season Slush Cup pond skimming competition for both kids and adults. Participants are encouraged to dress up in creative costumes and compete for prizes. A smaller, Kidtopia Slush Cup will offer a separate, smaller pond for contestants aged 6-12.

Steamboat (closes Sunday, April 14)

On closing day, Steamboat will offer its annual Splashdown Pond Skim, where skiers and snowboarders skim across an icy pool with awards for costumes and style. The day closes out with a free concert featuring the Wailers on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square.

Aspen Highlands (closes daily Sunday, April 14; also open Friday-Sunday April 19-21 and April 26-28)

Aspen Highlands does not formally host closing-day events, but that does not stop the fun.  Folks dress in zany attire, the Cloud Nine Mountain Bistro features duded-up servers and, at day’s end, a huge, bar-sponsored party with music erupts in the base area.

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