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Snowmass to open new terrain Friday

Madeleine Osberger
Snowmass Village correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Friday marks the opening of long-awaited terrain at Snowmass, while Saturday brings the grand opening celebration for the resort’s new Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center.

Along with the Treehouse, the new Elk Camp Meadows novice area and lifts will also open.

On Friday, the Elk Camp Gondola and quad chairlift will open for the season. Also Friday, weather permitting, is the debut of Hanging Valley Wall, Strawberry Patch, the Glades (which were open for a while last weekend), Willy’s and other neighboring terrain.

On Saturday, the Long Shot run, plus the rest of Burnt Mountain, will be offered to the public. The day also brings the first-ever opening of the Meadows Lift and learning area. Ride the gondola or the Two Creeks quad (which also opens Saturday) to this terrain.

After you’ve skied your legs off, head over to the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center from 3:30 to 7 p.m. for the grand opening. The opening ceremony is at 4 p.m. and fireworks, sponsored by Related WestPac, begin at 6:30 p.m.

Visitors can check out the new facility and take in puppet shows, face painting, balloon artists, karaoke, storytelling and an ACES presentation with live animals.

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“We’re really excited to unveil it publicly,” said Jeff Hanle, Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman. “We’ve had a tremendous reception from everyone who has used it and seen it. We want to show people it really is the premier children’s center in the ski industry.”

Parking is available in the Rodeo Lot. Free shuttles will run continuously to the Treehouse from 3:30 to 7 p.m.