Aspen resorts to stay open longer starting Saturday
The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express lift will stay open until 4 p.m. starting Saturday. Same goes for the Exhibition and Loge lifts at Aspen Highlands; the Village Express, Big Burn lifts and Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass; and the Summit lift at Buttermilk.
The aforementioned gondolas and lifts currently close at 3:30 p.m.
As the days grow longer, it's become customary for ski resorts to stay open longer.
Vail also announced this week that its operational hours would be lengthened to 4 p.m.
At the opening of the 2010/2011 season, the Aspen Skiing Company announced that on Fridays starting March 18, 2011, one of the Aspen Skiing Company's four mountains will stay open beyond 4 p.m. The new “sunset spring skiing” program, as it is called, will take advantage of daylight savings that can keep the slopes lit until 6 p.m.
This is one of the best seasons ever to cram in as much lift-access skiing and riding at Aspen and Snowmass as possible.
In addition to this year's extended operational hours, the local ski season is scheduled to last 22 weeks, which is longer than usual. Thanks to Easter falling later in the calendar, Aspen Highlands will operate daily through April 24, which is roughly three weeks past the norm for that mountain (last season Highlands closed April 4). Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are set to close April 10 (last winter Aspen Mountain closed April 11 but reopened the following two weekends). Highlands and Buttermilk are slated to open Dec. 11. Buttermilk is scheduled to close April 3.
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