Skico serves Thanksgiving skiing, riding
Here we go, folks!
At long last, after the dryest damn autumn anyone should have to suffer through, it’s time to throw the turkey in the oven, grab the skis and give a rousing chorus of thanks, ’cause winter officially begins Thursday.
And just to sweeten the pumpkin pie, Monday’s storm blessed us with “over a foot of fresh snow,” according to sources at the Aspen Skiing Co.
But if you’re thinking that you’ll be eating face-shots of snow before you sit down to dinner as long as you’re up early enough to snag first turns on Walsh’s, you should just settle down.
It ain’t gonna happen. Ajax: No meat on the bone It’s slim pickings at Aspen Mountain. According to mountain manager Steve Sewell, Ajax will have precisely one run and one lift open: Little Nell.
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Lift tickets will bee $10.
The foot of snow that fell Monday will absolutely help out, said Sewell, “but we still need about another foot. We could maybe get away with six inches.”
In the meantime, it will be skiing on mostly man-made snow at the base of Ajax while we wait for Mother Nature and the best efforts of the Skico.
“My guys have been making snow,” said Sewell, “but the snowmaking doesn’t go all the way to the top.” Seven-course meal While the snow conditions for opening day at Snowmass will be similar to those on Aspen Mountain, the terrain options will be a bit different – a veritable smorgasbord, if you must.
As of Tuesday, Snowmass was planning on opening two lifts, Fanny Hill and Coney Glade and a total of three runs.
Lift tickets will be $19 at Snowmass.
Lift pices are the same for adults, childrens, etc.
Meanwhile, snowmaking continues at Snowmass and Ajax. Similarly starving For those of you who think the local fare might not satisfy your appetite, there are a few more options here in Colorado. But don’t gripe too much, because everybody’s a little famished around here. Witness the latest snow report:
Arapahoe Basin – Plan to open TBA
Aspen Highlands – Plan to open Dec. 11
Beaver Creek – Plan to open today
Berthoud Pass – Plan to open Dec. 9
Breckenridge – 4- new packed powder 1-18 base 3 of 23 lifts 5% open
Buttermilk – Plan to open Dec. 11
Copper Mountain – 4- new packed powder 1-20 base 3 trails 2 of 21 lifts 2% open
Crested Butte – Plan to open today
Cuchara Mountain – Plan to open Dec. 16
Eldora Mountain – Plan to open today
Howelsen – Plan to open Nov 27
Keystone – 1- new packed powder 1-18 base 3 of 20 lifts 14% open
Loveland – 2- new packed powder 18-24 base 6 trails 3 of 11 lifts 6% open
Monarch – Plan to open TBA
Powderhorn – Plan to open Dec. 2
Purgatory – Plan to open tomorrow
Silver Creek – Plan to open today
Ski Cooper – Plan to open TBA
Steamboat – 9- new packed powder 1-17 base 9 trails 4 of 20 lifts 6% open
Sunlight – Plan to open early Dec.
Telluride – 5-6 new packed powder 12-21 base 1 trail 3 of 12 lifts 2% open
Vail – 4- new packed powder 1-18 base 2 of 31 lifts 1% open
Winter Park – 6- new packed powder 1-14 base 2 of 22 lifts 1% open A feast on the way? It’s going to take quite a bit of gravy to make our mountain menu more palatable, but it may be awhile before we get it.
The forecast called for partly cloudy skies today, with a high of around 35. As for Thanksgiving Day, the partly cloudy skies are supposed to continue, but the high is supposed to creep up to around 43.
We may be in luck this weekend, though.
The forecast was for mountain snow and valley rain on Friday, followed by snow showers on Saturday.
In addition, a large storm system off the Pacific Coast is moving east, but it may slide too far north.
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