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Bacon, rail jam and more on Buttermilk’s closing day this weekend

Closing day at Buttermilk will feature the Smith Optics Grudge Match Rail Jam on Sunday.
Closing day at Buttermilk will feature the Smith Optics Grudge Match Rail Jam on Sunday.
Jeremy Swanson

Buttermilk will celebrate its closing day this weekend with Bacon Appreciation Day. The 4th Annual Bacon Appreciation Day, featuring bacon snacks and samples all day long with bacon waffles, bacon samples, sundaes with bacon sprinkles and a bacon and beer happy hour, will take place on closing day, Sunday, April 6. The day culminates with the Smith Optics Grudge Match Rail Jam at the base at 2:30 p.m., then the Bacon Bartender's Brawl.

The Rail Jam will take place at the rail garden at Buttermilk from 2-4 p.m. Practice for athletes is from 2-2:30 p.m. The format is a head-to-head bracket-style snowboard competition. The winner will take home $1000 and the top four will take home Smith gear. Register in person at Radio Boardshop at 400 E Hopkins Ave. in Aspen or call 970-925-9373. Registration is free.

Here’s the full schedule for Sunday at Buttermilk…

9 a.m.: Bacon Waffles at the Summit (top of Summit Express)

11:30 a.m.: Bacon Samplers around the mountain at Bottom of West, Main, Tiehack lifts, No Problem Cabin and Patrol Headquarters

12:30 p.m.: Bacon wrapped scallops at Patrol Headquarters

Lunch hour: Bacon specials at Cliffhouse and Bumps restaurants

2-4 p.m.: Smith Optics Grudge Match Rail Jam

2:30 p.m.: Bacon dessert at the Beach at Bumps and Bacon & Beer Happy hour at Bumps

3:30 p.m.: Kids’ games in the Base Area

4 p.m.: Bartender’s Brawl where Aspen Skiing Company bartenders duke it out to make the best bacon inspired cocktail. Purchase five tickets to sample each drink (five bartenders) for $15 and vote for your favorite

Aspen Highlands will close on April 13 and Snowmass and Aspen Mountain the following weekend on April 20. Locals and guests are encouraged to brainstorm a craft and register for the 7th Annual Schneetag on closing day at Snowmass Sunday, April 20. For more information visit

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