Ski season gets under way at Aspen Mountain
There is plenty to be thankful for in Aspen this week.
Blue skies and sunny weather greeted skiers and snowboarders for the season opening of Aspen Mountain on Thanksgiving Day. Nearly 200 acres of soft snow, 15 runs and top-to-bottom skiing are currently accessible on the mountain. Snowmass ski area made its 2011/2012 season debut on Nov. 19 thanks to early storms and cold weather earlier this month.
But now the weather in the Roaring Fork Valley is relatively balmy without any big storms in the immediate forecast. More terrain will open once more snow drops on the slopes.
Aspen Skiing Co. officials say the conditions are ideal for the women's World Cup ski races taking place this weekend. Skiing superstar Lindsey Vonn of nearby Vail and the rest of the U.S. Ski Team are ramping up the energy level in town with autograph signings in the lead up to the annual Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races on Saturday and Sunday. Spectators can take in the action at the base of Lift 1A on Aspen Mountain with a prime view of the finish line from the grandstands.
NBC and Versus will provide television coverage along with the local station, Plum TV, on Channel 16, which will broadcast all of the races live.
This weekend also kicks off the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series featuring the group Cowboy Mouth. The show starts Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
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