Skico: Top-to-bottom skiing on Aspen Mountain starts Wednesday
November 29, 2016
Aspen Mountain will open for top-to-bottom skiing and riding Wednesday, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday.
The Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and Gent's Ridge chairs will provide access to 135 acres of terrain. That is up from about 69 acres of terrain that was offered Monday and Tuesday.
Skiing and riding wasn't available above the Deer Park trail prior to today, but natural snowfall and snowmaking have combined to allow 3,200 vertical feet of skiing, Skico said.
The trails opening Wednesday include 1 & 2 Leaf, Copper to Gent's Ridge, Silver Bell, Silver Dip, Easy Chair and Bellisimo, according to Skico. Deer Park, Spar Gulch and Little Nell lead to the base.
Snowmass Ski Area will open additional trails accessed from the mid-station of the Village Express chairlift, Skico said in its announcement. That will include Upper Hal's Hollow. The terrain park at Water Plant Flats will also open.
Aspen Mountain received 8 inches of snow between Sunday and Tuesday morning. Snowmass received 13 inches of powder.
Lift ticket prices will increase to $89 for adults, and $57 for kids and seniors.
Expect additional terrain to open on both mountains for the weekend, Skico said.
Skico also announced Tuesday that uphilling will be prohibited on Aspen Mountain through Friday because of extensive snowmaking and trail preparation.
"We have too many cats, winching systems, snowmobiles and equipment operating around the clock creating a significant safety hazard for uphillers," Skico said in a statement. "We apologize for this temporary inconvenience."
Uphilling is currently allowed at Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands, the company noted.