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125 acres, 16 trails set to open Saturday on Aspen Mountain

Staff report

The Silver Queen Gondola will take skiers and snowboarders up Aspen Mountain today to access skiable terrain. Skiers will have to download to get back to the base.

Aspen Skiing Co. will open 16 trails on 125 acres of terrain for skiing on Aspen Mountain Saturday, the company announced Friday.

The trails include Silver Bell, Silver Dip, North American, One & Two Leaf, Upper North Star, Pussyfoot and Deer Park, according to an email from Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle.

There won't be top-to-bottom skiing for the preview weekend. Skiers and riders must download the Silver Queen Gondola to get to the base. In addition to the gondola, the Gentlemen's Ridge and Ajax Express chairlifts will operate. The chairs will spin from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Skico officials made the decision to open Aspen Mountain for a preview weekend because of the snow conditions and prospects for additional snow. The ski area will be closed Nov. 16-20, then open for the season on Saturday, Nov. 21. Snowmass will also open for the season Nov. 21. Both ski areas were scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. Skico opens early whenever conditions allow.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are still scheduled to open on their scheduled day, Dec. 12.

Aspen Mountain has received 18 inches of snow in the last two weeks.

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All season passes will be valid as they would be in the regular season. Lift tickets are $59 a day for adults and $39 for children, youth and seniors. Extension days for Classic, Flex, Club Escape and Mountain Collective Passholders are just $29 for Adults and $19 for child, youth, seniors and college students. Sightseeing tickets are $21 adults and $10 for all others.

The waiting is also almost over for women's World Cup skiing. Aspen learned it will host an additional slalom race during Winternational. The first slalom was cancelled in Levi, Finland, and was rescheduled for Aspen.

Aspen will now host a women's giant slalom race Friday, Nov. 27, the slalom races on Saturday and Sunday.

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