“This has been an extraordinarily wild swing in snowpack amounts compared to last year,” CAIC Forecaster Rob Hunker said. “We’ve had two extreme years in a row—last year, the snowpack melted around June 23, this year it happened by May 1.”
There you have it: we're in luck! Normally, the gates are pried open on Memorial Day Weekend but this year, locals and visitors will get a head start on climbing, hiking, biking and general high alpine enjoyment, as Independence Pass opens for the season on May 11.
What a beautiful weekend for margaritas, beer and mariachis. Whether or not the mariachis materialize, there are several Aspen hot spots primed for toasting the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo style. Cantina and Su Casa are the usual suspects, for a good time, great specials and South of the Border decor.
This year, check out the new Justice Snow's, next the Wheeler Opera House. Margs, Sol beer, cheap and delicious soft-shell tacos and shots of Chamuca Tequila, all night long.
The beautiful spring weather continues, the birds are singing throughout the streets and this May in Aspen is full of music-making - and listening - opportunities. Monday nights bring Open Mic Night at the Red Onion, starting around 9p, an event that's quickly become a local favorite and a hub for discovering new talent here at home.
Around the corner at Victoria's Espresso Bar, The Cajon Brothers play every Tuesday and Thursday, from 4-7p, to complement the special du jour, Curry by Candlelight, from 5-close.