Saturday, May 28, 2011
OOPS!!! That traditional Memorial Day ski trip....
Aspen Mountain will reopen for skiing this weekend with a better base depth of snow on Memorial Day than it had on New Year's Day.
The base depth has hovered around 70 inches at the mountaintop since the Aspen Skiing Co. announced last week it will extend the skiing season. The base was 38 inches on Jan. 1.
The ample amount of snow convinced the Skico to fire the chairlifts back up on Aspen Mountain for the long holiday weekend and for future weekends as long as conditions hold up. There will be 25 trails and roughly 136 acres of mostly intermediate terrain open Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 28-30. All the open terrain will be served by the Ajax Express lift from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Silver Queen Gondola will run for rides up and down the mountain. There will be no top-to-bottom skiing.
Temperatures have been below freezing at night so the snowpack has been pretty well preserved since Aspen Mountain closed on April 10, Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said. The snow gets sloppy as temperatures climb during the day, so skiers and riders should be prepared for variable conditions.
“Bring some wide skis and do some water skiing,” Hanle advised.
Skiers and riders who purchased the various premiere passes for the 2010-11 season will ski for free during the extended season. All other passholders must pay for a lift ticket. The price is $19 for adult and senior pass holders, ages 18 to 69; $15 for senior passholders, ages 70 and up; $13 for youth passholders, ages 13 to 17; and $10 for child passholders, ages 4 through 12.
The price for adult single-day tickets for non-passholders is $32 per day. Tickets will be sold at the Aspen Mountain ticket kiosk on the gondola plaza. The Sundeck will be open for food and beverages.