Ski even longer |

Ski even longer

Starting Saturday, Feb. 19, skiers and snowboarders can take a few more afternoon runs before it’s après-ski time.Extended lift hours, with the lengthening daylight, will go into effect on all four local mountains.At Snowmass, the Fanny Hill, Coney Glade, Big Burn and Sam’s Knob lifts will run until 4 p.m., as will the Ajax Express and Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain and the Exhibition lift at Aspen Highlands. At Buttermilk, the Summit Express and Panda Peak lifts will run until 4 p.m.; the West Buttermilk and Tiehack chairs will run until 3:30 p.m.Also at Buttermilk, the entire terrain park is again open in the wake of the X Games. Most of the X Games slopestyle course will be open and is for experts only. The staircase and the two kink rails are followed by a few more experts-only rails and then a triple-jump line that will measure 50 feet, 55 feet and 60 feet. There are beginner features on Campbird, and intermediate features can be found on Midway. The Buttermilk superpipe is also open.There will be occasional closing of segments of the terrain park for competitions, photo shoots and maintenance. Racer’s Edge at Tiehack will be closed on and off for competitions over the next two weeks. Tube Town at Snowmass is now open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 to 8 p.m. and will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until the end of the season. The cost is $15 per person. No adults over 150 pounds will be allowed to tube (this weight restriction will be in place until the end of the season). Children under age 4 are not allowed in the tubing area.Today’s report: The snow is falling at a steady pace this morning and the 5 a.m. snow report is boasting fresh powder on all four mountains: 7 inches at Highlands, 6 inches at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass, and 3 inches at Buttermilk.

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