More terrain opens at Snowmass |

More terrain opens at Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Snowmass picked up 5 inches of new snow overnight while 3 inches fell on Aspen Mountain, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Wednesday morning snow report. Aspen Highlands picked up 3 inches and Buttermilk got 2. Light snow continued to fall when the report was posted, at 5:36 a.m.

ASPEN ” More terrain will open Wednesday at Snowmass.

The Aspen Skiing Co. plans to open the Village Express chairlift, which will serve Max Park and Lunchline, both green runs that lead to the bottom of the ski area. A total of 77 acres is now open at Snowmass, with double the vertical terrain to enjoy.

The two runs are in addition to Scooper and Fanny Hill, which opened Thanksgiving Day. Those runs are served by the sky cab gondola, the ski school platter and two magic carpets.

The Ullrhof and the Sam’s Knob yurt will be open for drinks and food beginning Wednesday. Snowmaking could be possible on the Sam’s Knob area by the end of the week, allowing additional terrain to be opened.

While nothing new will be open at Aspen Mountain Wednesday, Skico officials are hoping to begin making snow on the top within a few days, and possibly connecting that section with the bottom of the mountain by the weekend.

“We’ll pull the guns off the World Cup course in the next day or two and finish Tourtelotte Park and connect that to the Little Nell,” said Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. “We’re shooting for the weekend. … We’ll be lucky if that happens.”

The Silver Queen Gondola is running for uploading and downloading on Aspen Mountain. The Ajax Express chair provides access to 72 acres on nine trails at the top of the mountain, including Bellissimo, Buckhorn Cutoff, Buckhorn, Copper, One and Two Leaf, North American, Midway Road and Silver Bell, which is the only groomed run.

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