Aspen Highlands will debut with 515 acres to ski
December 9, 2011
ASPEN – Aspen Highlands will make a grand debut Saturday when parts of Highland Bowl, Steeplechase and Temerity open for the season, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday.
Buttermilk also will open its season Saturday by firing up the new Tiehack Express chairlift.
Top-to-bottom skiing will be offered at each of the four ski areas at Aspen-Snowmass, and more than 2,000 acres in total will be offered, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle.
At Highlands, the Exhibition, Loge, Cloud Nine and Deep Temerity chairlifts will operate. There will be 50 trails and 515 acres of skiing offered. The north-facing lines from G-2 through G-8 will open in Highland Bowl.
“All of the upper mountain will open with the exception of the Wall and Jug’s Hill,” Skico said in a statement. In Temerity, open trails will be Lucky Find, Mushroom, Hyde Park and Canopy Cruiser leading to Bear Hollow Road.
In Steeplechase, Broadway, Mousetrap and Kessler’s will open. On the Deception side of the mountain, the open trails will be Aces and Eights, Deception and Aerobie.
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The Merry-Go-Round Restaurant, fresh off a $6 million renovation, will open for the season, as will Cloud 9 Bistro.
At Buttermilk all chairlifts will open. The West Buttermilk Express will operate from the mid-station. Skico advised skiers and riders to “limit” the time they spend on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk and be careful on lower Prospector while coming down Aspen Highlands. There is good natural snow coverage on upper slopes, and snowmaking has progressed on lower slopes, but middle sections are lacking.
Aspen Mountain and Snowmass opened last month, but they continue to open new terrain. At Snowmass, Sam’s Knob, Alpine Springs, High Alpine and Elk Camp make their debut. The Assay Hill chairlift will open, but the trail of the same name will not. Snowmass will have about 900 acres of open terrain.
On Aspen Mountain, Lift 1A opens to the public. Additional trails that will open include Spring Pitch, Strawpile and 5th Avenue. The ski patrol has been opening trails all week, including Glades 1, 2 and 3 and Upper Roche Run. Aspen Mountain is now 55 percent open.