Mountain Mayhem: last call for spring skiing

A ceremony at Aspen Mountain on April 3 for Kindergartner Maddock Lipp, 6, for reaching his goal of skiing all 33 Colorado ski areas. Photo by James Young.
Sonia Bekhaazi and Sarah Gessele bask in the rays of Highland Peak.
Garrett Brown and Kaitlin Piosa go from climb mode to descent mode at the top of the Highland Bowl.
A jubilant Jess Jacobi on one of the last days of the ski season in Aspen Highlands.
Bride-to-be Xan Demas where she loves to be – on skis!
Jake Wheeler sports his best spring snowboard outfit.
Tucker Vest Burton and Meag Lynch provided shade on a day of Colorado Bluebird skiing.
Erin Sprague and Lauren Myatt at the top of Highland Peak.

As the light lingers longer and the ski season draws to a close, this is the last call for spring skiing serviced by the ski lifts.

Recent trail highlights include an April 3 ceremony at the base of Aspen Mountain for ambitious kindergarten child Maddock Lipp. At age 6, Lipp, of Golden, Colorado, achieved his goal of skiing all 33 ski areas in the state, a journey that began at the age of two. He has crisscrossed Colorado with his family in recent seasons from Silverton to Steamboat passing lesser-known areas like Howelsen Hill, Cranor Hill and Lake City to reach number 33. Aspen Snowmass hosted a small ceremony for Lipp on the Steps of the Silver Queen Gondola. with passers-by and other skiers and runners cheering for him from the ski lift line.

On April 4, Buttermilk concluded the season with Bacon Day. Aspen Highlands has also closed, although the US Alpine Championships started the next day for races April 5-16 with men’s and women’s downhills, super-g, giant slalom, slalom and alpine combined, which is fun to follow on social networks from in-spectators are not allowed.

Aspen Mountain wraps up the season this Sunday, April 18, and is sure to be a celebration – of socially remote proportions. Finally, there is the closure of Snowmass next Sunday, April 25. Although the ski lifts soon stop spinning, there are still plenty of opportunities to clear snow until spring – pending snow conditions.

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