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Aspen Mountain will open with 155 acres, top-to-bottom skiing

Staff report

Cold temperatures at night have allowed Aspen Skiing Co. to make snow to complement what Mother Nature has dumped on Aspen Mountain, The ski area opens for the season Saturday.

A 148-day ski season kicks off at Aspen Mountain today thanks to a decision to open the slopes five days earlier than scheduled.

Aspen Skiing Co. pushed up the opening due to good snow conditions. Easter falls early this ski season, on April 5, but Aspen Mountain is scheduled to remain open until April 19. It will be the last of Skico's four ski areas to close. That honor often goes to Aspen Highlands.

Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said the 148-day ski season is only average in length. Last season exceeded 150 days even before good conditions allowed the slopes to open for extra days. Thanksgiving fell late this year, so that compressed the season, he said.

Snowmass opens Nov. 27 and closes April 12 for a 137-day season.

Aspen Highlands opens Dec. 13 and closes April 12 for a 120-day season.

Buttermilk opens Dec. 13 and closes April 5 for a 113-day campaign.

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Aspen Mountain will kick off its 67th season of lift-served skiing by offering top-to-bottom terrain across 155 acres, Hanle said Friday. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express will be open to serve much of the intermediate terrain at the mountaintop, including North American, Buckhorn, Pump House Hill and Silver Bell. The black diamond trail Blondie's also will open. Additional terrain will open on Thanksgiving, the mountain's original opening date, he said.

All season passes are valid as they would be in the scheduled season. Daily lift tickets for Nov. 22 to 26 are $79 for adults, $73 for teens (13 to 17) and seniors (65 to 69), and $59 for children (7 to 12). Children six and under ski for free.

The benefit day for Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club won't be held on Wednesday.

Anyone who hasn't picked up their pass yet can go to the Aspen Mountain ticket office or the Two Creeks ticket office at Snowmass between 8:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. seven days per week. If a season pass was renewed online or by phone, customers can proceed directly to the lift using their Aspen (RF) card from last season. All Chamber vouchers must be redeemed in person at the ticket office.

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