Aspen Mountain to open Saturday
November 15, 2006
Aspen Mountain will open Saturday, thanks to 16 inches of new snow from a three-day storm. But, pass holders who didnt buy a full Premier Pass, good for unlimited skiing and riding, will have to purchase a $32 lift ticket to hit the slopes. The opening comes five days before the previously scheduled Thanksgiving Day opening for Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. More than six feet of snow has fallen since September and crews have worked hard to preserve snow on upper slopes, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.It would be criminal not to open this mountain, said Peter King, mountain manager on Aspen Mountain, in todays Skico announcement. Our crews have been working hard to get the mountain ready to go and we are all excited to get the community up on the hill early.The upper slopes on Aspen Mountain will open with about 150 acres of terrain served by the Ajax Express Quad and the Gents Ridge quad chairs. All skiers and riders will upload and download on the Silver Queen Gondola to access open terrain. Runs to open include Buckhorn, Midnight, North American, Reds, Tourtelotte Park, 1& 2 Leaf, Silver Bell, Dipsy Doodle, Bellisimo, Silver Dip and Seiberts. Look for temporary openings on steeper terrain as well.The lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and The Sundeck restaurant will be open for business. The Ski and Snowboard School will be open for adult lessons only; no beginner lessons or childrens lessons will be offered. Lift tickets will be $52 for adults, $42 for youths/seniors and $32 for a child. Premier passes are valid for the preseason dates. Since all other passes, including one- and two-day and Classic Passes, are only valid for the published winter season; anyone with a ski pass other than the full pass will have to pay $32 for a lift ticket.Snowmass will open as scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open Saturday, Dec. 9. Vail, by the way, announced today that it will open 780 acres of terrain, including 55 trails, and nine chairlifts on Friday. The ski areas received about 26 inches from this week’s storm.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.