Get a sneak peak at new Aspen Highlands restaurant |

Get a sneak peak at new Aspen Highlands restaurant

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Highlands will open partially Friday to show off the new and improved Merry-Go-Round restaurant.

Aspen Skiing Co. announced that the Merry-Go-Round will be open to the public from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The Exhibition chairlift will take skiers and riders up the hill. They can take one run back down to the base after checking out the grand reopening of the restaurant, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. The Exhibition chair also will be available for rides back down, he said.

The event will feature free live music, beer and menu samplings.

The restaurant went through a $6 million renovation. It was essentially gutted and rebuilt from the outside. Skico officials said the restaurant will be significantly more functional and energy-efficient. It will look essentially the same from the outside.

Highlands will open for the season officially on Saturday. Hanle said Skico will release details Thursday on how much terrain will open.

Buttermilk also will open for the season on Saturday. Opening day there will feature a ribbon-cutting for the new, $7 million Tiehack chairlift. Klaus Obermeyer will have the honor of cutting the ribbon, and he will get the first ride up the chairlift.

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