Season passes will be valid for Snowmass’ early opening |

Season passes will be valid for Snowmass’ early opening

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS – Season passes will be valid when Snowmass ski area opens early for the season, starting Saturday, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday.

Skico will open 160 acres of terrain at Snowmass, including portions of the Big Burn. Lift tickets will be $59 for adults, $54 for youth and seniors, and $49 for children. Discounts are available for multi-day tickets.

A full-season pass will be honored for the entire early opening period, Nov. 19-23. The Flex and Double Flex passes, which are good for one and two days, respectively, can be used on the opening weekend, then the new week starts Monday, Nov. 21, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. In other words, a Double Flex passholder could ski or ride Saturday and Sunday, then starting Monday would have two more days available for the week of Nov. 21-27.

Classic Pass extension days are $32 for adult passholders and $22 for children. Pricing is valid for Nov. 19 through 23 only. Tickets, extensions and validations will not scan as valid after Nov. 23.

Aspen Mountain will open as scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 24, although skiing and riding will be offered there on Wednesday for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s annual fundraiser. Lift tickets on Wednesday will be $40 for adults and $20 for skiers and riders under 18 years of age. Aspen Mountain will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the benefit day. All proceeds will go to the ski club.

Snowmass will remain open for the season once it opens on Saturday. The Village Express and Big Burn chairlifts will operate, accessing seven trails. Sneaky’s, Mick’s Gully, Max Park, Lunchline, Upper Scooper, Hals and Fanny Hill will all open, as things stood Thursday, with more terrain to be added depending on weather and snowfall. The Sky Cab Gondola and the Ski School Magic Carpet will also be in operation. The Village Express will open at 8:30 a.m.; the Big Burn chair will open at 9 a.m. All lifts close at 3:30 p.m.

The mountain will open with two terrain parks, one on Water Plant Flats with several jib and urban features and a jump on the Dawdler steeps. The Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza will be open for dining. Sneaky’s will be open for apres ski with drink and food specials. The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center will also be open. Discounted ski and snowboard lessons will also be available. Parking is free in Snowmass until Thanksgiving Day.

Rich Burkley, Skico vice president, mountain operations, said “the excitement meter has been in redlining around the valley” since the company announced last week that Snowmass will open early.

All the early season snow has inspired numerous people to skin up the four local ski areas. Skico put out a plea Thursday to uphillers to obey all signs, closure and ropelines even though the ski areas aren’t open yet. The snowpack is “very tender,” Skico said in a statement, and much of the terrain isn’t being controlled for avalanches yet.

“In addition to your own safety, the safety of on-mountain crews is at risk when closures are violated,” the Skico’s statement said.