Today, a new gondola; Sunday, the pipe |

Today, a new gondola; Sunday, the pipe

Aspen Times Staff

Aspen, CO Colorado

New terrain opens this weekend at Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Mountain.

The opening of the new Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass begins today with a 9:45 a.m. ceremony and first rides up at 10 a.m. The gondola will take skiers and riders from the base of Fanny Hill to mid-mountain on the Elk Camp side, unloading in the Cafe Suzanne area. The ride is a little less than 9 minutes.

Also at Snowmass, the Assay Hill, Elk Camp and Two Creeks chairs will begin operation, offering access to a slew of intermediate runs. All of the terrain off these chairs will open with the exception of Long Shot, according to the Aspen Skiing Co.

Today, the Assay Hill lift will provide access to the mountain for all of the accommodations located in that area. There will be a closure at the top of Assay Hill and one just below the bottom of the gondola on the ski way. There will be a small gate at each of the closures that states “Homeowners and Hotel Guests only beyond this point. Ski at your own risk.” Homeowners and hotel guests will be able to ski close to the bottom of the lift.

A lift ticket will not be required to ride the Assay Hill lift. Tickets may be purchased at the bottom of the Village Express lift or at the Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall. Parking Lot C will be closed.

At Buttermilk, the superpipe opens for the season on Sunday, Dec. 17. The Skico also hints at “amazing new features” in the X park.

On Aspen Mountain, look for the Shadow Mountain Lift, better known as 1A, to fire up, accommodating top-to-bottom skiing on the Ruthie’s side of the hill.

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