More terrain opening at Aspen, Snowmass
December 3, 2011
ASPEN – Aspen Skiing Co. will open more terrain at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass this weekend even though the Roaring Fork Valley, like most of Colorado’s mountains, has hit a dry spell.
The upper west side of Aspen Mountain will open up Saturday. The FIS and Ruthie’s chairlifts will operate, with terrain open only above the Ruthie’s chair. Access to the center part of the mountain will be through Tourtellotte Park.
The opening of the additional trails will boost the amount of open acreage to 284 on Aspen Mountain.
At Snowmass, the Banzai Ridge and Coney Glade trails will open to Lunchline on the west side of the mountain. The amount of open terrain is now 264 acres.
Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said that hard work by the snowmaking and grooming crews allowed Aspen Mountain and Snowmass to open with top-to-bottom skiing despite below average snowfall in November.
Conditions aren’t “atypical” for the first week of December, he said, but great early conditions from recent seasons are still fresh on locals’ minds. Hanle said Aspen-Snowmass have as good as or better conditions as any resort in the northern half of the state.
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