Aspen Mountain will open Friday |

Aspen Mountain will open Friday

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN Reserve Thursday for eating and Friday for skiing.Only Fanny Hill at Snowmass Ski Area will open for skiing on Thursday, but additional terrain will open Friday at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday.The opening for the holiday weekend was salvaged by a fortuitous snowstorm that dumped nine inches of snow on the upper slopes and four inches on the lower parts of the mountains Tuesday night.At Snowmass, 200 vertical feet of lift-served terrain will open Thursday on Fanny Hill. There is two feet of snow base, the Skico reported. The Sky Cab gondola will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with skiing and snowboarding ending at 3:30 p.m.On Aspen Mountain, the Silver Queen Gondola will open for free for foot passengers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, but no ski terrain will open. The gondola and Ajax Express will open Friday for skiing and riding on the Silver Bell, 1 & 2 Leaf and Deer Park trails. Additional terrain may open on Saturday and Sunday.At Snowmass, the Village Express chairlift will open to mid-station on Friday. Upper Scooper, Hals Hollow and Fanny Hill will open. Additional terrain may open on Saturday and Sunday.Lift ticket prices are $42 for adults, $37 for youths and seniors, and $30 for children 12 and under. All ski passes are valid.The Thanksjibbing Rail Jam will take place at the base of Aspen Mountain as scheduled on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Top ski and snowboard athletes will compete on a rail/jib feature. A beer garden and music commence at 3 p.m.The Aspen Skiing Co.s web site,, has additional details and company representatives can be reached during business hours at 925-1220.

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