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May 19, 2011
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Aspen Skiing Co. nears decision on Memorial Day skiing

The Aspen Skiing Co. will decide by the end of Friday whether it will offer lift-served skiing at Aspen Mountain on Memorial Day weekend, spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday.

The Aspen area has double the average snowpack for this time of year, and more snow was received Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The snowpack as of May 1 was the third largest on record for that date in 74 years.

There is precedent for re-igniting the chairlifts. Memorial Day weekend skiing was offered in 1995, and skiing was continued on weekends while good snow conditions lasted or a few more weeks in June, Hanle said.

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The Aspen Times Updated May 19, 2011 10:10AM Published May 19, 2011 10:07AM Copyright 2011 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.