Skico will extend Aspen Highlands’ season |

Skico will extend Aspen Highlands’ season

Staff report
A snowboarder rides through fresh powder in mid-March after a storm dumped 10 inches of new snow on Aspen Highlands.
Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Skiing Co. courtesy photo |

Aspen Skiing Co. officials decided since there’s so much good snow remaining, it better get skied later into spring.

Aspen Highlands will have an extended season, Skico Vice President of Mountain Operations Rich Burkley said Thursday. Highlands will close as scheduled on Sunday, April 10. It will reopen Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, then again Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, he said.

Highlands will not be open April 16-17, the last weekend of skiing for Aspen Mountain, Burkley said.

Skico officials pondered their extended season options over the last couple of days, as seven additional inches of snow added to the snowpack.

“We have a pretty decent snowpack as it stands right now,” Burkley said. “It just seemed to make sense.”

The closures for Buttermilk, Snowmass and Aspen Mountain remain as scheduled. Buttermilk will close at the end of the day Sunday, April 3. Snowmass will close Sunday, April 10. Aspen Mountain will close Sunday, April 17.

Highlands will still host its previously scheduled closing party on Sunday, April 10. It will remain closed April 11 through April 22. Then it will reopen for April 23-24 and April 30-May 1.

This story will be updated with additional details later today.

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