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More daylight, more skiing

ASPEN It’s a sure sign that spring is around the corner when chairlift hours gets extended on the slopes.Selected lifts at all four local ski areas will stay open until 4 p.m. beginning today.• On Aspen Mountain, the Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express quad will run until 4 p.m.• At Snowmass, the Elk Camp Gondola, Village Express and Big Burn lifts will be open until 4 p.m.• The Exhibition lift at Aspen Highlands will run until 4 p.m.• At Buttermilk, the Summit Express and Panda Peak lifts will run until 4 p.m., and the Tiehack and West Buttermilk lifts will be open until 3:30 p.m. “As spring approaches and it stays light out longer people enjoy staying up on the hill later in the day,” Rich Burkley, the Skico’s vice president of mountain operations, said in a prepared statement. “While we still have plenty of winter left, this is the first sign of those long, sunny spring afternoons to come.”Fans of late-afternoon ski outings can also look forward to March 11, when daylight-saving time begins. Congress passed a law that pushes back the start of daylight-saving time from its traditional start on the first Sunday in April.Highlands and Buttermilk will remain open through Sunday, April 1. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass continue this campaign through Sunday, April 15.


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