Preseason ski day canceled |

Preseason ski day canceled

Steve Benson

The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s preseason ski day has been an annual event for years.This year, however, there will be a hole in the tradition. Earlier this week it was announced that due to low snow conditions, the event that benefits the club would be canceled. It was originally scheduled to happen today. “We have to do everything we can to open our mountains to the public,” said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle. “We literally have crews working around the clock so we can open the lifts on Thursday.” Hanle said the annual right of passage has been canceled before, but it’s not common. Typically, anywhere from 400 to 500 skiers show up for the event, he added. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are still scheduled to open tomorrow. Snowmass will offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding with three lifts providing access to 150 acres of terrain. Eight trails – Fanny Hill, Cabin Trail, Sneakies, Center of the Burn, Dallas, Pine Needle and Pine Cone – will be open. Aspen Mountain will open 107 acres comprising nine runs: Silver Bell, 1&2 Leaf, Copper Cut-off, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Belissimo, North American, Tourtelotte Park and Midnight. The gondola and Ajax Express lift will be in operation, but skiers and riders will have to download off the gondola at the end of the day. The National Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of snow through the remainder of the week. A potentially larger system may hit the area over the weekend. Steve Benson’s e-mail address is

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