No more skiing at Ajax |

No more skiing at Ajax

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, Co Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen’s lift-served ski season has officially come to an end.

Aspen Mountain won’t remain open for another weekend of extended-season skiing, Aspen Skiing Co. officials decided Wednesday.

The extended period of warm temperatures have made conditions at the top of the mountain too “soupy,” said Rich Burkley, Skico vice president of mountain operations.

“We recommend everyone ski Independence Pass,” he said. The mountains at and near the top of the pass still hold incredible amounts of snow and have been enticing to those motivated to skin up and ski down early in the day while conditions are safe.

Aspen Mountain closed as scheduled on April 10, but snow conditions were so good that the Skico extended the season for three days over Memorial Day weekend, then reopened again last weekend. Alas, all good things must come to an end.

Burkley said the decision to open was easy the last two weekends because the snow conditions were so good. The Skico opened about 136 acres for skiing and riding at the top of the mountain. All opened terrain was served by the Ajax Express.

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This week the decision was tougher because conditions are on the “cusp” of acceptable skiing, he said.

Fear not, intrepid skiers, the start of the 2011-12 season is only 168 days away.