Aspen/Snowmass to open with 1,281 acres
All of Bell Mountain, Walsh’s, Kristi’s, Hyrup’s, Jackpot, Copper Bowl and Slalom Hill are expected for the debut of the 2010/2011 ski season on Aspen Mountain, for a total of 476 acres, officials said.
Eight lifts will crank up at Snowmass, which will serve up 805 acres to the masses Thanksgiving Day.
“The Village Express from the mid-station will get you Upper Scooper, Velvet Falls, Dwadler, Hal’s Hollow and Fanny Hill,” writes Rich Burkley, Aspen Skiing Company's vice president of mountain operations. “The VX from the Summit will access Max Park, Lunchline and Banzai Ridge. Sam’s Knob Chair will operate servicing Fast Draw to Slot. The Burn Chair opens for the season, as does the Big Burn from Whispering Jesse to Sneaky’s including Timberline, Wineskin, Dallas Freeway and Mick’s Gully. … On the east side, the Elk Camp Gondola accesses the Meadows Beginner Area (and the Meadows Lift). The Elk Camp Chair gets you to Bull Run, Grey Wolf, Bear Bottom, Gunner’s View and Sandy Park. … Egress back to Fanny Hill and Base Village is via Adam’s Avenue.”
Not a bad opening.
Last week, Vail opened with a little over 1,100 acres and there are nearly 3,000 open there this week. At this point most of Colorado's ski resorts are up and running although there are still a handful that haven't yet dropped rope. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are among them. They open Dec. 11.
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