Aspen opening day plans set
ASPEN The top of Aspen Mountain will open for skiing and riding Thanksgiving Day along with a wide swath at Snowmass from mid-mountain down to Fanny Hill, Aspen Skiing Co.s second in command said Tuesday.Lift three, also known as the Ajax Express, will open for skiing on the top of Aspen Mountain, according to David Perry, senior vice president, mountain division. The Silver Queen Gondola will open to transport skiers and riders to the mountain top, but top-to-bottom skiing wont be possible on opening day, Perry said.The Skico will open 48 acres of terrain on 1 & 2 Leaf, Upper Copper, Silver Bell and Deer Park.If these temperatures continue well gradually get more coverage, he said. The Skico concentrated its early-season snowmaking efforts on the courses for the womens World Cup ski races which take place this weekend. Snowmaking efforts shifted to the eastern side of the slopes once the courses were covered but warm temperatures last week hampered efforts. Cold nighttime temperatures allowed the Skico to fire up the snowmaking apparatus again over the last five days, Perry said.At Snowmass, the Village Express six-passenger chairlift will haul skiers and riders from the base to the top of Sams Knob. Terrain will be open down to Fanny Hill for laps on the Village Express. There will be 93 acres open, including Max Park, Lunchline, Dawdler Bowl, Upper Scooper, Lower Hals and Fanny Hill.Beginners will also get whisked up the mountain to the Elk Camp Meadows learning area. Perry said the Elk Camp Gondola will open for uploading and downloading to the beginning area.Lift tickets will be $69 for adults; $59 for 13 to 17 year olds and seniors 65 to 69; and $39 for children ages 7 through 12. Children under six ski for free.Mother Nature will assist with the opening. There is a chance of snow throughout the holiday weekend.
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