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Mardi Gras Celebration & Mother of All Ascensions Race
Snowmass Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration
Produced in association with Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass celebrates 31 years of Fat Tuesday revelry with the biggest Mardi Gras bash in the mountains. From free mask-making for kids at the Treehouse to a midafternoon madcap parade to a free Henry Butler Trio concert, this authentic fete offers Cajun fun for every age.
Henry Butler is widely hailed as a pianist and vocalist – both as a solo artist and with a variety of groups and is considered by many to be the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition. Born blind in New Orleans, Henry’s musical talent was recognized almost immediately and by age 12, was performing regularly. Since then, he has performed with well known musicians from all over, releasing numerous albums. The Henry Butler Trio is guaranteed to put on a performance you will not forget!
Schedule of Events:
7:00 am Mother of all Ascensions Uphill Race – a 2,073' climb!
3:00 pm Bead Toss – Snowmass Mall
3-5:00 pm Street Performers – Snowmass Mall
2:30-4:30pm Kids Crafts Mask Making – Treehouse Kids Adventure Center
4:10 pm Mardi Gras Parade
5:00 pm Henry Butler Trio – a legendary New Orleans jazz and piano tradition in Base Village
5-7:00pm Street Performers – Base Village
7:00 pm Fireworks
This year’s parade theme is SnowMassquerade, offering $1000 in cash prizes! Click here to download the parade application!
2013 Float Awards!
Best Float – Parks & Recreation
Best Use of Theme – Sopris Liquor
Best Costumes – Challenge Aspen
Best Spirit – Snow Bums
Fan Favorite – Ski Co Guest Services
Loudest – Top of the Village
Mother Of All Ascensions
Fat Tuesday’s festivities kick off bright and early at 7:00 am with the 21st Annual Mother of All Ascensions, an extremely popular uphill costumed snowshoe race that climbs 2,073 vertical feet from Base Village to the High Alpine Restaurant.
Participants can use snowshoes, track skis, hiking boots or running shoes. Costumes are highly encouraged and prizes are awarded for the crowd’s favorites!
Pre-registration opens at all Aspen Valley locations on Tuesday January 29th.
Those interested can pre-register at Base Camp Bar & Grill in Snowmass Village; the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen; Bristlecone Mountain Sports in Basalt; Independence Run and Hike in Carbondale; and Summit Canyon Mountaineering in Glenwood Springs.
At the raffle-fest-post-race-party all entrants have the chance to win some heavenly draw prizes from participating sponsors and local merchants.
Event check-in and race-day registration begin at 5:45 am in Base Camp Bar & Grill.
For more information on the uphill or for volunteer opportunities: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250.266.0022.
For lodging packages call The Crestwood at 800.356.5949.
The entry fee is $20 to pre-register, and $25 the morning of the event. Click here for a race application.
Mother of All Ascensions Race
When: Fat Tuesday, February 12
Time: Registration opens at 5:45 am at Base Camp Bar & Grill, race starts at 7:00 am
Where: Snowmass Village, COLORADO
Course: Starts slope side in the Base Village and climbs 2,073 feet to Gwynn’s High Alpine Restaurant
Cost: $20, day of event $25
Contact: email@example.com or 250-266-0022
"Over the years the Mother of All Ascensions has inspired many daring souls to rise and shine. I can't think of a more rewarding way to start the Mardi Gras festivities in Snowmass Village." – Andrew Bielecki -
Click here for the event poster.
- February 12th, 2013
- 7:00 am
- Snowmass Mall & Base Village Plaza