With more new snow, Apsen opens to make Memorial Day special
As the ebullient sports announcer John Madden might put it, “Hey, wait, it’s still ski season.”
Colorado skiers and boarders are accustomed to high-elevation Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort staying open until the calendar says June, but Aspen?
Marking a winter that never seems to end, Aspen Skiing Company announced Monday the top of Aspen Mountain will be open for skiing and riding on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25-27) as part of the start of summer operations.
“We’ve received nearly four feet of snow since Aspen Mountain closed,” said Rich Burkley, vice president of ASC’s mountain operations. “In fact, it’s snowing at the top of Aspen Mountain right now. If it won’t quit snowing, we shouldn’t quit skiing.”
The resort is reporting a base depth of 33 inches on top of Aspen Mountain and will open with 16 runs and nearly 90 acres of mostly intermediate terrain, served by the Ajax Express chairlift.
Skiing and riding will be from the 11,212-foot summit with uploading and downloading on the Silver Queen Gondola from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The gondola will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with last ride down at 4:30 p.m. for regular summer operations.
The Ajax Express chairlift will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open for dining and beverages.
Tickets will be $36 for ages 13 and up. Aspen/Snowmass Premier, Premier Silver and 6-and-under passholders ride free with their 2012-13 winter passes.
All other Aspen/Snowmass passholders pay a discounted rate for skiing and riding; $13 adult, senior and youth 13 and up; $9 children.
Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.aspensnowmass.com and by calling 970-923-1227.