In the past 48 hours, up to a foot of snow fell across Aspen Snowmass, with more snow expected today. Aspen Mountain, which is opening five days early from its scheduled opening date, announces top to bottom skiing and riding, as well as terrain expansion.
“This recent storm delivered enough snow for our teams to get the Silver Queen Gondola up and running with top to bottom skiing and riding, and additional acreage,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations. “This new snow will now make for a great opening weekend, with a total of 208 acres across Aspen Mountain and Snowmass and the forecast is predicting multiple storms next week.”
Aspen Mountain will open with 3,200 vertical feet of top to bottom skiing and riding serviced by the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express, and Bell Mountain Chair. Runs will include Bellissimo, Upper Copper, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Easy Chair, One and Two Leaf, Pumphouse, Silver Bell, Blondie’s, Pussyfoot Silver Dip and Spar Gultch. This new terrain will add 88 new acres of skiing and riding, bringing the total acreage to 148 on Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open with food and beverage options.
Snowmass will offer a total of 60 acres of terrain with skiing and riding from the Village Express midway unload point along Upper Scooper to Lower Hal’s Hollow to the bottom of Fanny Hill as well as at Elk Camp Meadows accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster will be up-and-running and the Elk Camp Restaurant will be open with food and beverages.
Aspen Mountain lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Snowmass, the Village Express lift will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the Elk Camp Gondola running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 7.