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Highlands, Buttermilk set to open

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Paul Conrad Aspen Times Weekly file

ASPEN ” Jonesing to sample the powder in Highland Bowl at Aspen Highlands?

Part of the Bowl, plus Temerity and Steeplechase will be open to skiers and snowboarders on Saturday ” opening day at Aspen Highlands.

Sixty percent of the terrain at Highlands will be open, including plenty of the mountain’s expert runs, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. On the lower mountain, Thunderbowl won’t open just yet.

Buttermilk also opens for the season on Saturday, and the ropes will drop on 70 percent of the terrain there, according to the Skico.

Meanwhile, the Elk Camp area opened at Snowmass on Wednesday (with access back to Fanny Hill via Adams Avenue) and it’s possible Alpine Springs and High Alpine will open Friday or Saturday at Snowmass, the Skico hinted in an a-mail update Thursday afternoon. Watch for the debut of the new Sheer Bliss lift, as well.

At Highlands, the Exhibition, Loge, Cloud 9 and Deep Temerity chairlifts will be running, accessing most of the runs in Temerity and Olympic Bowl, along with the upper and mid-mountain runs. In Highland Bowl, G4 to G8, Full Curl, Ozone, B-1 and White Kitchen will open, with egress on the south side to Bear Hollow Road and back to the Deep Temerity chair.

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Broadway, Mousetrap, Kessler’s, Soddbuster and Fran’s Love are set to open in Steeplechase.

At Buttermilk, all of the lifts will be running and most of its terrain will be open, with the exception of the mountain’s black runs (Timber Doodle Glades, Lower Larkspur, Uncle Chuck’s Glades, Eagle Hill and Little Teaser) and areas where Winter X Games preparations continue (sections of Jacob’s Ladder, Government and Spruce).

The Skico also announced Thursday it has added two more sale dates for its Classic Pass in the Roaring Fork Valley. The pass will be sold Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, at Mountain Sports Outlet, 205 Sixth St. (next to the Hotel Colorado) in Glenwood Springs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will also be sold Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 16 and 17, at Bristlecone Mountain Sports, 123 Emma Road, in Basalt from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Classic Pass is a picture pass and first-time buyers must purchase it in person at a specific sale location.

The 7-day Classic Pass sells for $274. It’s good at all four local mountains with no blackout dates. It’s available to youths, ages 7-17, and college students (age 24 or younger with college ID) for $209.

The 4-day Classic Pass is good for four days of skiing or riding on local slopes, also with no blackount dates, for $169 ($139 for youths/college students).