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No early opening on Aspen Mountain, says Skico

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Michael Faas/The Aspen TimesSnowmaking guns are firing at local ski areas, but no early opening is planned on Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Skiing Co. confirmed Wednesday.

ASPEN – Aspen Mountain won’t open early this season, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle said Wednesday.

Company officials pondered the possibility of opening Saturday, but ruled against it. “We just don’t feel we have a quality product,” Hanle said.

Cold night-time temperatures will allow continued snowmaking on the lower slopes and in other strategic places that need more cover. And more snow is in Aspen’s forecast starting Sunday. The natural and man-made snow could potentially allow top-to-bottom skiing for the regular opening next week, Hanle said.

Aspen Mountain will open Wednesday, Nov. 24 for a benefit for Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. The fundraiser is traditional on the day before Thanksgiving, whenever conditions allow. Skiers and riders will be required to buy a lift ticket on Wednesday; no season passes will be honored. Lift ticket prices for Wednesday haven’t been announced yet.

Snowmass will open on Thursday, Nov. 25, as scheduled