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More lifts and even more runs

Catherine Lutz

A little more than a week into the official ski season, our two open ski hills have been hit with more than two feet of fresh snow (as of Friday morning) with plenty more in the forecast. It’s just enough of the white stuff to celebrate by opening a trio of lifts on Aspen and Snowmass and a slew of additional runs.Today marks the opening of Sam’s Knob at Snowmass, which includes Upper Campground, Slot, Wildcat, Banzai, Ute Chute and Moonshine runs. The Coney Glade chair is also making its debut, as are a few additional runs: Sheer Bliss, Little Max Park, the Landing Strip, McNamara Ridge, and the terrain park on upper Scooper. Get your munchies at Up 4 Pizza (on weekends only for now), the Cirque and the Ullrhof. Alpine Springs and High Alpine chairs are scheduled to open Dec. 10. On Aspen Mountain, Ruthie’s and FIS chairs are firing up this weekend, with skiing available on Ruthie’s Run, Reardon’s and Roch Run on the west side of the mountain. Some of the Dumps – Perry’s, Short Snort and/or Last Dollar may open, depending on what the snow gods have left so far in this latest storm cycle. Copper, Glade 1, Keith’s Glen and Back of Bell 2 have all opened in the last few days, and as snowfall accumulates, patrollers may open selected shots on Bell Mountain. Statistically speaking, there are nine running lifts, 70 runs and 1,025 acres of open terrain.According to the radar, yet another storm is lined up and ready to sock us – in fact, the slopes may very well have another coat of white by the time you read this. Reports on Friday called for 3-7 inches overnight and 2-4 throughout the day today.Happy early season!

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