The second coming of Fort Frog will debut Saturday on Buttermilk Mountain.
The original Fort Frog, which was named for Greg “Frog” Fortin, was built in 1991 and burned down in 2016 due to careless campers. The updated fort sits on the same footprint of the original building and adds improvements while maintaining the original frontier fort style. The improvements include larger towers, a slide, a rope bridge and an updated warming hut containing a ski school museum and a candy bar.
According to an announcement from Aspen Skiing Co., there will be a 1 p.m. rope cutting on Saturday, Dec. 8, and the inside of the fort will be open until 2:30 p.m. for the public to see the new improvements. During ski season, the fort will still be open to the public, but the warming hut is limited to those attending ski school.
Saturday is also opening day at Buttermilk, and to celebrate there will be chocolate stations set up around the mountain. All activities at the fort, including free hot chocolate, are open to the public.