Endless winter: Aspen Mountain open for Memorial Day weekend
Aspen Mountain will be open to skiing and snowboarding for Memorial Day weekend, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday.
All terrain that ends at the Ajax Express chairlift will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday through Monday, with the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express running.
Recording a base depth of 53 inches on top, the mountain will have access to 21 runs and nearly 130 acres of intermediate and advanced terrain.
“If we have the snow to ski and it’s feasible to get people up there, we’ll do it,” Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said. “We opened last Memorial Day, and, from what I saw, we have 20 more inches on the base than we did last year, so we couldn’t really see a good reason not to — if we opened last year, why wouldn’t we open this year? So it’ll be fun. It’s not going to be midwinter skiing. It’s going to be classic early summer.”
Skiing and snowboarding will require uploading and downloading on the gondola. Only Premier and 6-and-under passes for the 2013-14 season will be honored for Memorial Day weekend skiing. All other season passes will require an extension, including remaining days on Classic Passes.
All other passholders pay a discounted rate of $18. For non-passholders, lift tickets will be $36 per day for ages 13 and older. Tickets for children ages 4 through 12 will be $24. Tickets will be sold at the Aspen Mountain ticket kiosk on Gondola Plaza from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The gondola will be open to foot traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open.
Aspen Mountain will be open for the summer on weekends through June 15. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will open for daily summer operations beginning June 20.
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