Snowmass to open five days earlier than scheduled
The Aspen Skiing Company bumped up the opening of the 2011/2012 season at Snowmass by five days.
The new date for the ropes to drop is Nov. 19, thanks to all the cold and snow in recent weeks.
Company executives say their crew at Snowmass is working hard to open more than 160 acres of terrain including the Big Burn.
"The 2011-2012 season has started as a talented overachiever with near perfect snowmaking temperatures and abundant natural snowfall," Rich Burkley, vice president of mountain operations, said in a prepared statement.
The Village Express and Big Burn lifts will run accessing more than 3,200 vertical feet, 7 trails and 160 acres, officails said. The Sky Cab Gondola and the Ski School Magic Carpet will also be in operation. Sneaky's, Mick's Gully, Max Park, Lunchline, Upper Scooper, Hals and Fanny Hill all will open as it stands today, with more terrain to be added dependent on weather and snowfall. Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The mountain will open with two terrain parks, one on Water Plant Flats with several jib and urban features and a double jump line on the Dawdler steeps. The Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza will be open for dining. The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center will also be open. Parking is free in Snowmass until Thanksgiving Day.
All passholders are encouraged to pick up their passes prior to opening day to avoid lines at Snowmass and Aspen Mountain. All Aspen/Snowmass season passes will be valid and ticket pricing for the early opening will be announced next week. Pass prices will increase after the "Early Deadline," this Friday, Nov. 11. The Aspen/Snowmass Classic Pass is still on sale daily through Nov. 13 at the REI Flagship Store in Denver and this weekend, Nov. 12-13 at the Four-Mountain Sports Outlet Store in El Jebel. 2010-2011. Classic Passholders can renew their Classic Pass online or by phone through November 13, 2011.
Aspen Mountain will open to the public as scheduled on Thursday, Nov. 24, with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club benefit day on Nov. 23.
World Cup women ski racing returns to Aspen on Nov. 26-27. Officials say the course should be in terrific shape.
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