Aspen Skiing Co. will offer free gondola rides at Aspen Mtn and Snowmass on Thanksgiving Day | AspenTimes.com

Aspen Skiing Co. will offer free gondola rides at Aspen Mtn and Snowmass on Thanksgiving Day

Staff report

There won't be much skiing on Thanksgiving Day, but Aspen Skiing Co. will offer free sightseeing rides on the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain and the Elk Camp Gondola on Snowmass.

Both gondolas will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Open terrain for skiing will be limited to Elk Camp Meadows at Snowmass until further notice, Aspen Skiing Co. reported on is website Tuesday. No skiing will be ready on Aspen Mountain for Thanksgiving, its originally scheduled opening day.

The next storm in the forecast is tonight, with 2 to 4 inches expected in the central mountains, according to http://www.opensnow.com forecaster Joel Gratz. Multiple storms are expected between Saturday night and Wednesday next week, followed by a break and then another series of storms between Dec. 2 through 5, according to Gratz.

Lift tickets for Thursday skiing and riding at Snowmass will be $32 for adults ages 18 to 64 and $21 for children ages 7 to 17 and seniors. The tickets include a $10 food credit for use at Elk Camp Restaurant.

Starting Friday, regular pricing applies for sightseeing on both Silver Queen and Elk Camp Gondolas: $32 for adults (18 to 64) and $21 for children (7 to 17) and Seniors (65 and older). Skiing and snowboarding lift-ticket pricing will continue to match sightseeing pricing until Skico is able to open more terrain. However, beginning Friday, these tickets will no longer include a $10 food credit, Skico announced.