Eat today, ski Ajax tomorrow
November 22, 2007
ASPEN Reserve Thursday for eating and Friday for skiing. Only Fanny Hill at Snowmass will open Thursday for skiing, but additional terrain will open Friday at both Snowmass and Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Wednesday.A snowstorm that dumped 9 inches of snow on the upper slopes and 4 inches on the lower parts of the mountains Tuesday night, salvaging the opening for the holiday weekend.At Snowmass, 200 vertical feet of lift-served terrain will open Thursday on Fanny Hill. There is a 2-foot 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 might open Saturday and Sunday.At Snowmass, the Village Express chairlift will open to the midstation Friday. Upper Scooper, Hals Hollow and Fanny Hill will open. Additional terrain might open Saturday and Sunday.Lift ticket prices are $42 for adults, $37 for youths and seniors, and $30 for children 12 and younger. All ski passes are valid.The Thanksjibbing Rail Jam will take place at the base of Aspen Mountain as scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. Top skiers and snowboarders will compete on a rail/jib feature. A beer garden and music begin at 3 p.m.The Aspen Skiing Co.s website, http://www.aspensnowmass.com, has additional details, and company representatives are available during business hours at 925-1220.