Thanks to a 54-inch upper-mountain base, due to above-average almost 400″ snowfall season, Aspen Skiing Co. announced yesterday that 130 acres of terrain at the top of Aspen Mountain will open for skiing on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27.
The Silver Queen Gondola will operate from 10 am-4 pm for sightseeing and the Ajax Express chairlift will run from 10 am-2 pm for laps on Aspen Mountain’s upper blue runs as well as black runs such as Summit and Blondie’s. Everyone will be required to download on the gondola.
“With a pleasant dropping of additional snow in the last couple weeks, we are excited to kick-off Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer operations with skiing/riding on Aspen Mountain,” Katie Ertl, SkiCo’s senior vice president of mountain operations, said in a press release. “The weekend will offer classic conditions for a Colorado multi-sport weekend with town green and the mountain painted white.”
The re-opening of Aspen Mountain is all the more welcome due to the fact that Independence Pass won’t be open for its normally scheduled Memorial Day weekend target. The pass is popular with skiers for the variety of alpine tours available near its summit.
SkiCo has taken to opening the top of Aspen Mountain on Memorial Day weekend when conditions allow, turning the lifts in 2015, ’16 and ’17. For more details and ticket prices, check out their website.