Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Area will begin their 75th year as planned on Thanksgiving Day despite Mother Nature trying her hardest to throw a spanner in the works.
Aspen Mountain will have 50-acres at the top of the mountain available and will be running the Ajax Express and Gent’s Ridge chairlifts. Silver Queen Gondola will be running to upload and download all skiers and riders.
Lifts will run from 9 am to 3:30 pm serving Silver Bell, Upper Copper, Lazy Boy, and Deer Park. Tickets for Aspen Mountain will be $149 ($99 for children, teens, and seniors). Access to Snowmass will be free on Thursday and Friday, then from Saturday, access to the Elk Camp Gondola will be $40 ($30 for children, teens, and seniors).
Snowmass will open with 7-acres in the Elk Camp Meadows beginner zone, accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola.
“We’re thrilled to be open. Amid a challenging start to winter, it has been great to see our teams come together to give us all the chance to get out on the hill and make some turns. We will continue to work hard to open more terrain as we get cold temperatures and more natural snow, and we’ll have a ton of people working out on the hill, so please be alert and aware out there.”
– Katie Ertl, Skico senior vice president of mountain operations
In a press release yesterday, Aspen Skiing Co. admitted that if it were not for their recently expanded snowmaking system they would have had to delay this season’s opening.
Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are currently scheduled to open on December 11.