New terrain opens at Ajax, Snowmass |

New terrain opens at Ajax, Snowmass

Aspen Times Staff Report

Skiers and boarders will have something additional to be thankful for this Thanksgiving – more terrain will open at Ajax and Snowmass.

At Snowmass, the Alpine Springs and Wood Run lifts will open for the season today. On Ajax, the Gentleman’s Ridge lift will open, and there will be top-to-bottom skiing via Spar Gulch and Little Nell.

The openings mean Snowmass will now have 921 acres open and 11 lifts running. The High Alpine restaurant will also open Thursday.

“The trails off of Alpine Springs, from Naked Lady to Lower Green Cabin, will be excellent,” said Mike Kaplan, vice president of mountain operations for the Aspen Skiing Co.

Skiers and boarders will have to look to the heavens before they’ll get a chance to ski the terrain off the High Alpine lift at Snowmass.

“With another six to 12 inches of snow the trails off High Alpine will be ready to go,” said Kaplan.

The Skico plans to open the Back of Bell on Ajax, as well as the Northstar and Copper trails down to the Gentleman’s Ridge lift. Steeper terrain may open temporarily throughout the day, said Skico officials.

The new openings mean 263 acres will be open on Ajax.

Beginning today, full-day lift tickets will go up to $49, with half-day tickets going for $45.

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