Sunday was a relatively slow day for local law enforcement despite Aspen Highlands closing day festivities being one of the busiest in the mountain’s history.
The Aspen Police Department increased its normal presence at Highlands because of the parties associated with closing day, said Blair Weyer, police spokesperson. Still, there were relatively few incidents that required law enforcement response, she said.
Police made 31 traffic stops on Sunday, only one of which resulted in an arrest for driving under the influence, according to Weyer. Police pulled over more drivers than they usually do to ensure people were driving sober, she said.
Other than the DUI, there were relatively minor incidents. One underage person was issued a municipal summons for having alcohol; there were two noise complaints filed; one incident of a person sleeping in public and one case of indecent exposure.
“Overall, there were a lot of people out and about,” Weyer said. “But the crowds were fairly well behaved, which is reflected in our numbers.”
Sunday was the biggest day on Highlands this season in terms of attendance, said Jeff Hanle, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman. Closing day drew a crowd of about 4,000, he said.
“It was one of the bigger closing days that we’ve seen,” Hanle said.
There was one on-mountain accident that required a skier to be taken to the hospital.
A 23-year-old skier hit a tree after he tried to dodge another skier on T-Lazy 7 catwalk, Hanle said. Highlands ski patrol responded to the accident and transported the hurt skier down the mountain and to an ambulance, which took him to Aspen Valley Hospital.
“At the time it was nothing that we deemed life threatening,” Hanle said.
SkiCo did not release the name of the skier and Aspen Valley Hospital officials would not comment on the patient’s condition due to privacy rules.
Last week, SkiCo announced Highlands will be open for an additional two days this weekend, thanks to recent snowstorms that brought at least three feet of snow during a seven-day period.