New openings at Aspen, Snowmass
December 21, 2007
ASPEN ” Thunderbowl at Aspen Highlands makes its season debut on Friday, followed by additional terrain and/or chairlift openings on Aspen Mountain, Snowmass and at Buttermilk.
The Thunderbowl lift will start running Friday, but not at the opening bell, according to the Aspen Skiing Co. The chair out of Highland’s base accesses Thunderbowl, T-Lazy-7, Shred It, Cakewalk, Bob’s Glades, Upper Stein, Sepparator, Golden Horn Woods and Smuggler.
The Bell Mountain chair cranks up for the first time Saturday, providing direct access to the runs of Bell Mountain at Aspen Mountain. The venerable, slow two-seater will run Friday through Sunday through the rest of the season.
At Snowmass, the Burlingame and Sheer Bliss chairs will run through the holiday season and the expert park for jibbers will make its debut on Saturday. The Snowmass Park is self-contained (no cross-traffic between park users and non-users. The Coney Glade lift provides direct access to the park.
The superpipe at Buttermilk also opens Saturday.
Snow was falling in Aspen Friday morning. The Aspen Skiing Co. reported 6 inches of new snow at Highlands and 5 inches at Snowmass in its 7:35 a.m. report (that’s 2 to 3 more inches than the Skico was reporting at about 5 a.m.) Aspen Mountain and Buttermilk had each picked up 2 inches by 7:35 a.m.
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The National Weather Service’s morning forecast called for snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches in the mountains surrounding Aspen on Friday, with locally heavier amounts possible. A snow and blowing snow advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m.