Snowstorm shoves season into full swing
It’s like opening day all over again.With the latest storm, an overnight footster Tuesday, came more openings at area ski resorts.Now included in the open terrain: most of the Hanging Valley Wall at Snowmass; 100 percent of terrain at Buttermilk; all but two trails at Ajax; and a few B- and Y-zone lines in Highland Bowl.”We’ve got over 80 percent of all terrain open,” said Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle. “This last week has been phenomenal, just what we needed to give us the coverage to get crews out there and get stuff open.”Parts of the Wall at Snowmass opened for the first time this season on Tuesday, and more was opened yesterday. New offerings include the Headwall, Roberto’s, much of the lower Wall and the Glades in the Hanging Valley Wall area, and Garrett Gulch and Powderhorn elsewhere.The Cirque area is the one notable area that remains closed at Snowmass.At Aspen Highlands, the G-zones opened after the dump, along with the season debut of B-6 and Y-1 and Y-2 (in the lower Ys). Due to avalanches, the east, southeast and south-facing aspects of the B- and Y-zones had not opened this season.Lower Stein also made its debut at Highlands on Wednesday and crews were reportedly hard at work trying to ready terrain in Lower Goldenhorn. Additional terrain in the bowl – the rest of the B- and Y-zones – as well as some other lower-mountain steeps – including runs in the P Chutes area – represent the closed terrain remaining at Highlands.Yesterday Ajax debuted Franklin Dump and Norway Slope for the season. The only two trails that remain closed are Niagara (skier’s right of Little Nell) and Silver Rush (a rarely opened gem that drops from the top of Lift 1A into Silver Queen).Gated terrain at Aspen Mountain, including Bingo Glades and Trainors Ridge, remains closed, however.In the parks and pipes realm, the Snowmass superpipe opened for the season Tuesday. A grand-opening celebration, complete with free barbecue, DJ and giveaways, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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