Wait is over: Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk open
December 12, 2008
ASPEN ” The latest snowstorm will allow more than one-half of Aspen Highlands to open Saturday, including part of Highland Bowl, the Aspen Skiing Co. announced Thursday. Buttermilk also opens for the season on Saturday.
With Aspen Mountain and Snowmass already open, more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain will be open come Saturday.
At Highlands, most trails in the upper and middle mountain areas will open, along with runs in Temerity and Olympic. The Exhibition, Loge and Cloud 9 chairlifts will be open as well as Deep Temerity.
Highland Bowl will open with G4 to G8, Full Curl, Ozone, B-1 and White Kitchen. Egress will be on South Side to Bear Hollow Road and back to the Deep Temerity chairlift, the Skico said.
Steeplechase will feature Broadway, Mousetrap, Kessler’s, Soddbuster and Fran’s Love. Thunderbowl will not open Saturday.
Cloud Nine and the Merry Go Round will open as well as restaurants at the base area.
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Buttermilk will open with all lifts and more than 70 percent of the terrain available.
Everything will open with the exception of Timber Doodle Glades, Lower Larkspur, Uncle Chucks Glades, Eagle Hill and Little Teaser. Additionally, sections of Jacob’s Ladder, Government and Spruce will be closed as snowmaking continues to create mountains of snow for the Winter X Games.
The Buttermilk Superpipe is not yet ready to open. Bumps and the Cliffhouse restaurants will open. As always, Buttermilk boasts plenty of free parking.
Additional terrain and lifts will open on Snowmass, including the new Sheer Bliss lift, High Alpine and Alpine Springs. Additional trails will open on Aspen Mountain as snowfall and snowmaking allow, the Skico said.