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More terrain, higher prices, more snow

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Skiers and boarders are making the first top-to-bottom runs of the season Wednesday on Aspen Mountain, and the price of a lift ticket has gone up.

And, while skiers seek out leftover powder from last weekend’s storm, another is forecast to hit Wednesday night and Thursday.

On the terrain front, the Big Burn and Sam’s Knob are open at Snowmass, as is the new Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center at the base, noted the Aspen Skiing Co. in its morning snow report. (There was no new snow to report Wednesday, but Thursday could be a different story.)

Meanwhile, a Times staffer reported superb conditions on top of Aspen Mountain and powder stashes on the Back of Bell Wednesday morning. The ski down to the gondola, however, revealed dirt and straw poking up on lower Little Nell, she said.

As of Wednesday, lift tickets cost $75 for an adult, $47 for children and $67 for youths and seniors. A partial-day ticket is $57.

A snow advisory is in effect for the mountains surrounding Aspen starting Wednesday at 9 p.m. and continuing until Thursday at 6 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. A winter storm watch is in effect from Thursday evening through late Friday.

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Snowfall is forecast to become widespread over the central Colorado mountains Wednesday night, with snow levels lowering to 8,000 feet by Thursday morning. Four to 8 inches of new snow is forecast above 8,000 feet by Thursday evening. Snow, heavy at times, is expected into the weekend, and one to two feet are possible by late Friday, according to the weather service.