For the first time in many years, Aspen Highlands will be open earlier than scheduled when they load the first chair this Saturday, 1st December. The announcement came on Monday following an epic few days of snowfall for Colorado.
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Over 700 acres of terrain will be available, and The Exhibition, Loge and Deep Temerity lifts will be open, as will portions of the Highland Bowl, which will offer 200 acres on the G Zone side, while other steep skiing will be available on around 100 acres accessing the Deep Temerity lift. Merry-Go-Round will be open for food and drink, although Cloud Nine High Alpine Bistro will remain closed until Dec. 8. The ski and snowboard schools will also be running starting opening day.
“Given the recent storms, cold weather and hard work of the Aspen Highlands operations and patrol teams, we are proud to offer an early opening to locals and visitors on Highlands this weekend,” said Kevin Hagerty, mountain manager of Aspen Highlands, in the release. “And the rumors are true, we will open Highland Bowl early for the first time in years.”
Highlands traditionally opens two weekends after Thanksgiving and was originally set to open on Dec. 8 along with Buttermilk. Aspen Mountain also opened five days early, on Nov. 17.
“It’s going to be a good Saturday up on the Highlands,” said Jeff Hanle, vice president of communications for Aspen Skiing Co. “We came off tough last year, and we’ve got good reason to celebrate an early opening.