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Highlands ready to extend season

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Thank heaven for a powder day after the official end of ski season.

Aspen Highlands reopens Saturday and Sunday and also will be open the following weekend. The ski area closed April 5 but the Aspen Skiing Co. decided to take advantage of all the snow and reopen Highlands. All season ski passes will be valid.

The base at Highlands exceeds 100 inches, and Saturday appears likely to be a powder day with another storm moving through.

The Exhibition, Cloud Nine, Loge and Deep Temerity chairlifts will tentatively operate from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and provide access to most of the ski area.

There will be a pond skim starting at noon each day with viewing from the Merry-Go-Round restaurant. The Merry-Go-Round will have live music each day with Slightly White playing from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Both the Merry-Go-Round restaurant and the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro will be open for lunch.

The Highlands parking garage will be free but guests are encouraged to take public transportation. Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will increase free shuttles during the day with up to six buses running between Aspen Highlands and Rubey Park each hour from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 a.m. Parking is also free at Buttermilk with a shuttle going to Aspen Highlands every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The Aspen Highlands staff also is inviting skiers and riders to join the Powder Posse today to prepare the mountain for the extended season. Posse members must be at the base of Highlands at 10 a.m. today. They can ski or ride part of Highland Bowl and Steeplechase. They can leave the mountain any time, and bring their own lunch and water. No on-mountain restaurant will be open today.

No passes or tickets are required, but participants will be asked to sign a waiver.


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