Aspen opens for weekend 
12 days early

Local skiers and riders get a pre-Thanksgiving boost Saturday and Sunday when Aspen Mountain opens for the weekend, 12 days earlier than the originally scheduled Thanksgiving Day opener.

The resort, which recently announced it and Snowmass will move their opening day up to Nov. 23, will offer three lifts, more than 3,200 feet of vertical and more than 215 acres of terrain for the weekend.

“We are thrilled to be opening early and getting out on the hill,” said Rich Burkley, vice president mountain operations for Aspen Skiing Company. “This is the best mid-November skiing we have had in years.”

Aspen Mountain will be the seventh resort to open for the 2013-14 season, joining Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Copper Mountain, Winter Park and Wolf Creek.

All Aspen season passes will be valid as they would be in the regular season.

Lift tickets are $79 a day for adults, $51 for children, and $73 for youths and seniors. Passholders from other resorts pay just $55.  Lift hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort is holding to a Dec. 12 opening, depending on snow conditions.


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