Slideshow: Opening day at Aspen Highlands full of bluebird skies, bowl laps |

Slideshow: Opening day at Aspen Highlands full of bluebird skies, bowl laps

Aspen Highlands opening day came with a surprise Saturday as nearly all of the mountain was open after Thursday night’s storm dropped a few more welcome inches of snow.

The resort, as well as Buttermilk, opened Saturday morning, and Highlands dropped the ropes on 994 acres (of its 1,054) Saturday after picking up 7 inches of snow Thursday.

A large crowd gathered at the top of the Loge Peak lift and waited for the Highland Bowl gate to open, which came just before 10 a.m. A line of skiers and boarders hiked their way along the trail to the 12,392-foot summit of Highland Peak to drop in.

At Buttermilk, the Klaus Obermeyer week-long party continued as Aspen Skiing Co. celebrated Obermeyer’s 100th birthday by renaming a run in his honor — Klaus’ Way — as well as a 100-year-pin. Buttermilk has been Obermeyer’s go-to mountain.

With all four Skico mountains open, there is access to more than 3,200 acres (of its 5,540 acres overall).

We are live from opening day at Aspen Highlands!!

Posted by The Aspen Times on Saturday, December 7, 2019

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