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Spring skiing is upon us, and this week brought Aspen/Snowmass snow worth getting psyched about. I don't know if there's anything better than sunny, bluebird skies on a spring day, with fresh powder under your board. There's still time to take advantage of great skiing and riding, as well as exciting on and off mountain events.

Local rider Red Rainey rippin’ in the fresh powder.- J.SwansonLocal rider Red Rainey rippin’ in the fresh powder.- J.Swanson

Saturday, March 31st come check out the Bob Beattie Reunion Cup at Aspen Highlands. This throw back ski racing competition will host some of the world's best ski racers throughout the decades as they come together to honor Bob Beattie. Known to many as "The Coach." Beattie's countless accolades - Executive Director of the World Pro Racing Tour, Executive Director of the International Ski Racers Association, Commissioner of NASTAR and National Ski Hall of Fame inductee - to name a few, speak to his profound influence on the Ski Industry.

Also taking place Saturday, March 31 is The 15th Annual GORE-TEX Elk Mountains Grand Traverse. Talk about the ultimate back country challenge, this 40-mile race starts Friday night at 11pm as competitors traverse from Crested Butte, across Elk Mountain to Aspen overcoming 7,800ft of vertical climb.

Get your last two weeks in on Buttermilk Mountain, and then come say your goodbyes on Sunday April 8 at Buttermilk Mountain's Closing Party. Closing day festivities include an open rail jam kicking off at 2pm for all you park lovers and for all of us who just love to watch. Next up on the agenda is an appearance by the Red Bull Tour Bus accompanied by DJ Z TRIP known for his stellar live performances across the world. Enjoy some drink specials too at Buttermilk Mountain's go to base bar, Bumps all afternoon to close out the season right.

Following up Buttermilk's closing, join the following Sunday April 15 for Schneetag. Around this time of year, things tend to get a little crazy up in high country, the snow starts turning into mashed potatoes, you can catch a tan, skiing and riding in t-shirts, but most importantly - it's time for pond skimming! Join in on one of Aspen Mountain's wackiest events as teams of four get creative, and design their craft they'll ride down the slope past Bonnie's restaurant and across a 35x20 foot pond. Teams not only have to come up with a functional design to win this competition, they will also be judged on their theme, and skit performance before they bomb down the hill hoping not to sink. If you're interested in competing, start scheming now because prizes included a trip to the ESPN X Summer Games in Los Angeles, tickets to a professional sporting event in Denver and more. Visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/schneetag for more info.