PHOTOS: Opening day at Aspen Mountain, Snowmass full of smiles
The Aspen Times
With 100 acres and top-to-bottom skiing, Aspen Mountain opened Thursday and the skiers and snowboarders came out.
It was a sunny day on the top of Ajax, and more of the same weather is expected through the rest of the Thanksgiving weekend.
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An unwelcome but familiar weather pattern in the Aspen-area mountains has created conditions that are once again ripe for avalanches. The early, ample snow in October was followed by dry periods. That resulted in a poor foundation for the snowpack. Steep slopes on north to east aspects pose the greatest threat.