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Aspen Mountain to offer wide swath of terrain this weekend

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Aspen Mountain will reopen for the season on Saturday with 580 acres of terrain open to the public, which means almost every run on the mountain except the World Cup course will be available.

The Snowmass Ski Area is scheduled to open on Thursday, Nov. 28, with 1,500 acres of skiing. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain are scheduled to open Dec. 14.

Trails that will open Saturday for the first time this season on Ajax include the Mine Dumps, Silver Queen, Roch Run, Gene Reardon’s Run and Upper Magnifico. In addition, Corkscrew and Super 8 Gully may open for a short period of time, depending on how the snow holds up.

The Aspen Skiing Co. plans to offer top-to-bottom skiing through Spar Gulch and Copper Bowl, although Copper won’t be groomed until more snow is made or has fallen on the run, according to Mike Kaplan, senior vice president of mountain operations for the Skico.

The Skico has had several good nights of snowmaking this week on Little Nell and in Spar Gulch, he said.

Lifts open this weekend will include the Silver Queen gondola, the Gent’s Ridge lift, the Ajax Express lift, the FIS lift and the Ruthie’s lift.

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The Bell chair, the Little Nell lift and Lift 1A will be closed, although 1A may be running for World Cup course workers.

While the Ruthie’s lift will be open, most of Ruthie’s Run will not be, as course workers are still preparing the super G course through the Snow Bowl section of the trail. Skiers will be allowed on just the top section of Ruthie’s and will then be directed to International Road and then down to Roch and Reardon.

Also closed as part of the course work are Spring Pitch, Strawpile and 5th Avenue.

A women’s World Cup super G race is set for Friday, Nov. 29, and a women’s slalom race is scheduled for Nov. 30.

The Ruthie’s restaurant remains closed, seemingly forever, and Bonnie’s restaurant is not expected to open until mid-December. The Sundeck will be open this weekend.

When Snowmass opens on Thanksgiving Day, the Hanging Valley Headwall and the Wall will open, which will mark the first time the Wall has ever been open on Thanksgiving, according to the Skico.

The Sam’s Knob, Coney Glade, Fanny Hill, Big Burn, Wood Run, Alpine Springs, and High Alpine chairs will all be running. In terms of restaurants, Sam’s Knob, the Ullrhoff and High Alpine will be open. The Elk Camp and Two Creeks areas will not open on Thanksgiving.

Lift tickets at Aspen and Snowmass have been set at $59 for adults, $45 for youths and $39 for kids through Dec. 1.