Aspen Snowmass is fired up to announce an early opening date for Saturday, November 19th. A combination of snowfall, cold temperatures, and dedicated hours logged by the operations team is resulting in more than 160 acres of terrain becoming accessible 5 full days earlier than expected.
Rich Burkley, vice president Mountain Operations said “The 2011/12 season has started as a talented overachiever with near perfect snowmaking temperatures and abundant natural snowfall.”
More than 3,200 vertical feet, 7 trails, and 160 acres will be accessible by the Village Express and Big Burn lifts. The Sky Cab Gondola and the Ski School Magic Carpet will be up and running as well as Sneaky’s, Mick’s Gully, Max Park, Lunchline, Upper Scooper, Hals and Fanny Hill. Two terrain parks will be open, including jib and urban features at Water Plant Flats and the double jump line on Dawdler steeps. The Ullrhof and Up 4 Pizza will be available for dining as well as The Treehouse Kid’s Adventure Center will be open and let’s not forget that Snowmass is offering free parking until Thanksgiving Day!
The Aspen/Snowmass Classic Pass is on sale starting November 13th at the REI Flagship Store in Denver and November 12-13 at the Four-Mountain Sports Outlet Store in El Jebel. 2010-2011 Also, Classic Passholders can renew online or on the phone until November 13. For more information check out www.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass.
After Snowmass’s big opening there are plenty of other events and big days to look forward to. Aspen Mountain is going to open as planned on November 24th with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club benefit day set for the 23rd. World Cup ski racing will return with the world’s fastest women skiers at Aspen Mountain for the Nature Valley Aspen Winternational Audi FIS Alpine World Cup running November 26-27. Finally, don’t miss Cowboy Mouth performing the first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season on November 26 at Aspen Mountain’s base.