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Aspen Highlands and Aspen Buttermilk Open This Weekend

Jeremy Swanson
Aspen Snowmass – Jeremy Swanson

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open for daily operations Saturday, Dec. 7 with more than 1,000 acres of skiable terrain. Starting this weekend Aspen Snowmass will feature nearly 2,500 acres of open terrain across all four mountains, with more scheduled to open as conditions allow.

Aspen Highlands will open with 717 acres including the North Woods, Child’s Play, and G8-G0 in the Highland Bowl, plus a majority of the front side. All lifts will operate except Thunderbowl which is slated to open Dec. 14. Merry-Go-Round and Cloud 9 Bistro will open for business. All skier services will be open including the Ski and Snowboards School as well as Four Mountain Sports.

Buttermilk will open with almost 300 acres and kick off the season with Chocolate Day. The Summit Express chair will spin and the West Buttermilk chair will run from the mid-station. When conditions allow, lower West Buttermilk and Tiehack will open as well. There will be nine features available in the terrain park at the top of West Buttermilk. Both Bumps and the Cliffhouse Restaurant will be open for business along with Four Mountain Sports. There will be a celebration with Klaus Obermeyer at 1 p.m. at Bumps with complimentary apple strudel, retro Obermeyer skiwear and a presentation by Aspen Skiing Company CEO, Mike Kaplan.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will continue to open runs and lifts as conditions allow.

From Dec. 7 – Dec. 20, lift tickets are $162 per day for adults and $109 for children, teens and seniors. Partial-day tickets for adults are $109 and $72 for children, teens and seniors. Sightseeing tickets for both the Silver Queen and Elk Camp Gondolas and the Summit Express and Exhibition chairlifts are $37 for adults and $26 for children. Sightseeing tickets include a $10 lunch credit at the Sundeck, Merry-Go-Round, Cliffhouse or the Elk Camp restaurants.

For more information on Chocolate Day, visit

On Dec. 7, all in-season, uphill rules will be in effect. For more information, visit

For information on parking at Aspen Highlands, visit

For the detailed snow report, visit

To view Aspen Snowmass’ Panoramic Livecams please click this link:

For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram or

About Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), based in Aspen, Colo., operates the four mountains in the Aspen Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. In addition, ASC owns and operates the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass, a collection of rental and retail shops titled Four Mountain Sports and a hospitality division that includes the five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell and three contemporary Limelight Hotels, one based in the core of Aspen, one at the base of Snowmass Mountain, and the other in Ketchum, Idaho. In its current form, ASC is a values-driven company that is grounded within the core values of: Live Passionately, Awaken the Spirit, Elevate Community and Honor Place. Aspen Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen). For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram or at