Bluegrass Sundays Schedule Announced

Aspen Mountain Summer Activities Announced from Disc Golf to Yoga Hikes

Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., June 16, 2009 – Another season of summer music, family activities, gorgeous hikes and sweeping 360 views from the top of Aspen Mountain is in full swing.

Bluegrass Sundays kicks-off on June 21 with Joe Hurley and The Gents. The concerts are from noon to 3 p.m. and continue through September 6. This free series invites guests to experience some of the world’s best bluegrass music in a breathtaking setting at the top of Aspen Mountain.

Bluegrass Sunday line up:
June 21 – Joe Hurley & The Gents
June 28 – emith
July 5 – Kort MC Cumber & The Cumberland Gap
July 12 – The Porchlights
July 19 – Frying Pan Bluegrass Band
July 26 – Abalone Dots
August 2 – Kid Fiddlers
August 9 – Ackermans
August 16 – Expedition Quartet
August 23 – Boulder Acoustic Society
August 30 – The New Familiars
September 6 – Lonepine Bluegrass Band

Daily and weekly activities will resume for the summer season on Friday, June 19 with everything from guided nature hikes to a climbing wall.

Please see below for a complete list of activities:

Alpine Sightseeing & Hiking: The top of Aspen Mountain is a gateway to some of Colorado’s best alpine hiking and walking trails. Choose from easy self-guided strolls to more ambitious treks. FREE!

ACES Guided Nature Walks: Enjoy a FREE 45-minute walk with a naturalist from the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. Offered daily on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet at the top of the Silver Queen Gondola. (June 20 – September 7)

Disc Golf: Play the world’s highest official disc golf course – it’s a hike and a game in one fun outing. Offered daily. Golf discs, score cards and course maps are available outside of the patrol headquarters at the top of the mountain. FREE! (June 19 – September 7)

Saturday Classical Music: Take in the beauty as students of the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival perform a repertoire of their own choosing. FREE performances begin at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. (July 4 – August 15)

Yoga Hikes: This popular program combines intermediate backcountry hikes followed by an hour of open-air Hatha yoga at the top of Aspen Mountain. Offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. Meet at the bottom of the gondola at 10 a.m. $54 includes gondola ride. Reservations required – call 970-923-1227. (June 22 – August 28) Private instruction also available.

Climbing Wall: Test your agility on the rock-climbing wall. Open daily, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $8/one session, $12/two sessions, $75/ten-punch pass – valid for use on climbing wall and Eurobungy trampoline. (June 19 – September 7)

EUROBUNGY TRAMPOLINE: The world of extreme sports introduces this hybrid of the trampoline. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $12/one session, $18/two sessions. Open daily. (June 19 – September 7)

Obstacle Course: Check out this course full of natural and manmade obstacles. Open daily. FREE! (June 19 – September 7)

Silver Nugget Dig: Dig in the mining sandbox to uncover nuggets of all shapes and sizes. Open daily. FREE! (June 19- September 7)

MORE FREE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS:
v Monday: ACES kids program with live animals 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
v Tuesday: The Jammin’ Jim Show with a juggling workshop 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
v Wednesday: Kite Building/Flying ($10 charge) 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
v Thursday: The Jammin’ Jim Show with a juggling workshop 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
v Friday: Storytelling with Spellbinders 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

The Sundeck Restaurant, located at the top of Aspen Mountain, offers a full lunch menu with grilled items, fresh sandwiches, vegetarian dishes, homemade pizza, salads, wok selections (on weekends), desserts and beverages. Guests are encouraged to relax outside on the sun-filled deck and enjoy the stunning views. The Sundeck is open daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Silver Queen Gondola will run daily from June 19 – September 7, 2009. The Gondola is currently open on weekends only until that June 19th date. For pricing information please visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com/summer_rec/aspen.cfm.

The Gondola operates from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the last download at 4:30 p.m.

Snowmass is also home to plenty of on-mountain activities and events as well. The Burlingame lift and most daily summer activities will begin on June 24, 2009. For more information any summer events, please call 1-800-525-6200 or visit www.aspensnowmass.com <http://www.aspensnowmass.com/> .

Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. The area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen/Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company’s website at www.aspensnowmass.com <http://www.aspensnowmass.com/> .