Aspen Skiing Co. will watch the weather forecast closely this week before deciding if they will reopen Aspen Mountain, CO for a few more bonus ski days. There have already been five extra days to the season since the mountain closed April 21.
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Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said Sunday afternoon that officials would like to announce sooner than later so they can give skiers and snowboarders a heads-up. But the decision will be influenced by the warming forecast.
“Our goal is to decide on Monday, but if the week looks like it will stay hot, we may push back the decision to Wednesday or Thursday,” Hanle said. “We don’t have a hard-and-fast rule on when to decide, but we do like to give people as much notice as possible.”
The National Weather Service forecast for Aspen calls for highs in the low 70s all week and overnight lows in the mid-40s.
It was 51 degrees at the base Sunday morning when the gondola opened. Sunday afternoon a storm rolled through and the lift and gondola were closed for a while because of lightning.
With a more than 5-foot base reported Friday, there is still plenty of snow at the top of the mountain. Mountain crews have been grooming and maintaining the 130 acres at the top of the mountain from the Ajax Express lift.
Other Colorado ski resorts that will remain open for the next few weekends include Arapahoe Basin, which plans to open the next three weekends (Fridays through Sundays) and Breckenridge, which plans to open again Saturday and Sunday.