More terrain to open Saturday at all four Aspen mountains

Staff report
A skier charges through some fresh powder at Aspen Mountain last season.
Jeremy Swanson/Courtesy file photo |

Aspen-Snowmass is on track to open 4,100 acres of terrain Saturday across the four peaks of Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk thanks to the recent storm cycle that brought as much as 21 inches of snow in the past seven days.

“Aspen Mountain will be over 90 percent open, and patrol is working on the last pockets of the Glades and Jackpot,” said Rich Burkley, vice president of Mountain Operations for Aspen Skiing Co., in a statement. “At Highlands, more expert terrain will join the already open Highland Bowl, including Child’s Play and Moment Chutes. The Tiehack Chair enters service for the season, providing access to lower portions of Racer’s Edge, Javeline, Tiehack Trail and Sterner’s Gulch.”

In Snowmass, the Two Creeks, Campground and Coney Glade Chairs will start to spin and patrol will open Burnt Mountain Glades, Long Shot, East Branch, Creekside, Cascade, Campground and Bearclaw trails. In addition to terrain openings, the Two Creeks Cafe also will open with hot food and beverages.

The first Ullr Night of the season at Elk Camp on Snowmass kicks off tonight, accessed via a ride up the Elk Camp gondola. Guests and locals alike can enjoy activities such as a bonfire, s’mores, live music, snowtubing, guided snowshoe tours and more.

Elk Camp at Snowmass will also debut the new lift-served tubing facilities that provide multiple lanes of tubing as well as illuminated runs during the Ullr festivities.

More snow is in the forecast next week, with the National Weather Service calling for more than a foot of snow in the Northern and Central Mountains between Sunday and Tuesday.