Not quite yet — Skico eyes opening more terrain at Aspen, Snowmass later this week
November 29, 2016
Aspen Skiing Co. didn't have plans as of late Monday for opening additional terrain at Aspen Mountain or Snowmass today, but officials are hopeful to spread the fun later in the week.
Snowmass received 9 inches of snow Sunday and Sunday night with an additional 1 inch falling by 4 p.m. Monday, according to the snow stake time-lapse video on Skico's website. It allows viewers to check out snowfall for themselves near Elk Camp Restaurant.
Aspen Mountain received 4 inches of snow Sunday and another 2 inches Monday, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle.
The Bell Mountain chairlift at Aspen Mountain was fired up for the first time this season Monday and the Village Express chair was operated to the halfway point.
Skico reported three of 114 trails open for 59 acres of skiing at Snowmass on Monday.
Aspen Mountain reported 69 acres open for skiing.
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Hanle said the goal is to get terrain opened on the top of Aspen Mountain as soon as possible to allow top-to-bottom skiing. It was uncertain Monday when mountaintop terrain will be opened.
Aspen Highlands isn't scheduled to open until Dec. 10, but the ski patrol is starting avalanche mitigation. The patrol also sent out a tweet Monday afternoon saying it could use help from a limited number of bootpackers to work in Highland Bowl starting today. It is only accepting bootpackers who worked 10 days or more last season. Additional volunteers will likely be needed later in the week, boosting the total number to 50.
Despite the lack of early-season snow, Skico capitalized on what it had so far Sunday night. Two short video clips supplied by Skico were aired during the Denver Broncos' appearance on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" contest.
The first clip shortly before halftime showed the lights of Aspen from a perspective up on Aspen Mountain as well as snowmaking guns blasting out snow. Aspen wasn't specifically mentioned by name but it was recognizable.
The clip shown during halftime featured Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club students skiing rails and other children at Snowmass' Fanny Hill. Some of them had Broncos jerseys on, so they were a draw for the game. Aspen and Snowmass were mentioned by name during airing of that clip.