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Little Nell Lift and trail will open Sunday on Aspen Mountain

Staff report

The ski season will officially start Sunday on Aspen Mountain with the opening of the Little Nell Trail and lift, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Saturday.

The snowmaking crews have been making snow as often as conditions have allowed to get Little Nell covered with enough snow to open, said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. Aspen Mountain was unable to open as scheduled on Thanksgiving Day.

Snowmaking is focused on Deer Park and Spar Gulch so that the connection can be made to Little Nell and the Bell Mountain Chairlift can be fired up, Hanle said.

Mother Nature could get an assist. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the central and northern mountains of Colorado. The warning for snow and blowing snow is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Hanle avoided talk about the storm for fear of jinxing it, but Skico sent a Tweet Saturday afternoon that noted snow is forecast the next three days.

The ski season started as scheduled at Snowmass, albeit with limited terrain. The Elk Camp Meadows beginners' area and East Fanny Hill are open.

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Lift ticket prices are currently $32 for adults ages 18 to 64 and $21 for children and teens, ages 7-17, as well as seniors 65 years and older. Prices will change as more terrain opens.

The same pricing is being charged for a sightseeing ticket for the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain and the Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass. The gondolas hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.