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Aspen Mountain extends ski season one week, new closing April 23

Hours during bonus will shift to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless it's a powder day

Staff report

Brenden Sandness skis the powder Tuesday on Aspen Mountain. Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday the season will be extended one week at Aspen Mountain through April 23.

Aspen Mountain's ski season will last one week longer than scheduled.

Aspen Skiing Co. announced today Aspen Mountain will close April 23 rather than April 16, as originally scheduled.

"With good base depths from early-season snowfall and the addition of new snow, Aspen Mountain is looking in good shape for a bonus week," Aspen Mountain Manager Peter King said in a prepared statement. "Spring on Ajax is always a great time to come-out and enjoy some sunshine, après as well as prime slush bumps."

The ski area is able to stay open longer despite a warm and dry March. Aspen Mountain only received 30 inches of snow in March but the weather has turned lately. About 17 inches of snow has fallen in the past week.

Skico anticipates top-to-bottom skiing with the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, FIS and Ruthie's lifts open.

"Hours of operation will shift to the following, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to take advantage of spring conditions, unless it is a powder day, and then the lifts will open at 9 a.m.," the company said in its statement.

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The other closures will remain as scheduled. Aspen Highlands closes Sunday. Snowmass will close April 16. Buttermilk closed Sunday though it will partially open for a special uphilling event this weekend.

For the extra week at Aspen Mountain, the Sundeck Restaurant will be open for food and beverages. The Aspen Mountain Ski and Snowboard School will offer 40 percent off private lessons for the extended week.

All season passes will be valid as they were during the regular season. Lift ticket prices are $69 for adults and $45 for children, teens and seniors.

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