Aspen Mountain hits record for open terrain |

Aspen Mountain hits record for open terrain

ASPEN – Saturday was a historic day on Aspen Mountain.

The Aspen Skiing Co. was able to open the most terrain ever on the mountain, in the neighborhood of 705 acres, spokesman Jeff Hanle said. In addition to the 675 acres that are typically available for skiing and riding, Skico was able to open all of its gated terrain, as well, he said.

“Everything was open. That’s a big thing. A lot of people thought we’d never get the snow,” Hanle said.

Two feet of snow fell last week, with the biggest dump coming on Thursday night and into Friday. That allowed Skico to open all of the traditionally gated areas on Aspen Mountain: Bingo Glades, Trainor’s and Cone Dump 1 and 2. In addition, Skico opened terrain that is new this season – Spar Dump and Silver Queen Ridge, Hanle said. The gated terrain totals about 30 acres, according to Hanle. The expert-only terrain is open when the ski patrol feels coverage is adequate.

Hanle said he learned of the historic situation from an avid skier who was ripping it up on Aspen Mountain on Saturday. Hanle then confirmed it Monday with mountain manager Peter King.

The recent snow has allowed Skico to open almost all of the 5,300 acres scattered across its four ski areas. Snowmass is 100 percent open with 3,132 acres. Aspen Highlands has 959 acres open, or 94 percent of all terrain. Buttermilk is 100 percent open.

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