Aspen Skiing Co. opening more terrain this weekend
December 17, 2011
ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. says it will open additional trails this week to boost the total skiable terrain to 2,695 acres on all four ski areas.
Aspen Mountain is close to 70 percent open. Trails that open Saturday are Upper Magnifico, Magnifico Road, Normandy, FIS, Slalom Hill, Lazy Boy, Lower Roch and Corkscrew. Some of those trails might have opened Friday, if deemed ready by the ski patrol, Skico said.
At Aspen Highlands, Skico is looking at the possibility of opening some of the Y Zones. The Smuggler trail will open.
“While our most recent squall helped quite a bit, Highlands needs more natural snowfall to get the steeper terrain open,” Skico Vice President of Mountain Operations Rich Burkley said in a statement. “Thunderbowl, both the run and the lift, will not open this weekend.”
At Snowmass, the Two Creeks lift and base area will open Saturday. The Sheer Bliss trail opened during the week, and “crews are poking around the center of the Big Burn, which is very close to ready,” Burkley said. Wildcat and Upper Campground are also opening. The Little Makaha, Upper Snowmass and Low Down terrain parks are also getting close to opening.
Skico’s report said 28 chairlifts will be open as of Saturday. All mountain restaurants will also be in operation starting this weekend.