Aspen ski season to end a week early

By Real Aspen
Real AspenApril 12, 2012
Aspen Highlands will close at the end of this weekend — one week early — drawing the local ski season to a close.

Aspen Skiing Co. President and CEO Mike Kaplan made the announcement in a blog that was posted today. Whispers that the unusually warm, dry winter wouldn't allow the ski company to keep its slopes open as long as planned have been around for weeks. But the Aspen Skiing Co. had maintained the season would go on as expected. Until now. Here is Kaplan's letter:

I hate crossing seasons. I mean, I don’t like skiing in the summer and I don’t like surfing in the winter, it just feels wrong. Living in the Rockies, that means that November through April are for winter sports, total snow immersion and summer activities go May through October, a full 6 months of each. And I do mean a full season of each. I guess that’s why I’m so unsettled by having to close Highlands a week early, it just disrupts the symmetry. Obviously, I just need to get over it, because despite the super-human efforts of all the mountain crews, the heat, the wind, and the un-believably dry spring combined were a force that could not be stopped.

In the end, it comes down to respecting the mountains and listening to what they are telling you. It’s not unlike knowing when to go into the backcountry and when to stay home. Skiing is about immersing yourself in the elements, and knowing when to push yourself and when to back off. The mountains have spoken and we are listening. So its time to celebrate what was, and the spirit that everyone brought to the winter despite the unprecedented weather. Every year is different, and while it’s a little early to be getting out the bikes, we all made the most out of what we had and we can all appreciate the great times we shared on the mountain no matter what the weather was doing.

Thanks to all for persevering.

- Mike


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