Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17

ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo.—Nov. 9, 2018— Aspen Mountain will open for daily operations Saturday, Nov. 17, five days prior to the resort’s scheduled opening date.

Snowmaking operations began Nov. 1 and have continued at a steady pace throughout the last week due to cold temperatures at night. Alongside snowmaking, recent storm cycles have delivered up to 20 inches of new snow on Aspen Snowmass pushing the snowpack above average.

Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.

“With above average snowpack and cold temperatures we have been hard at work preparing the mountain and we are excited to open early for the community and our visitors,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations. “Opening early is always a great way to kick-off the highly anticipated ski and snowboard season.”

Ticket offices are open at the base of Aspen Mountain, at the Snowmass Base Village Gondola and at the Four Mountain Sports downvalley outlet seven-days a week.

Details about lift ticket pricing, terrain, restaurant operations, ski school, and more will be announced in the coming week.

Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.

Snowmass is scheduled to open Thursday, Nov 22. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 8.

For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram, or at www.facebook.com/aspensnowmass.

About Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC), based in Aspen, Colo., operates the four mountains in the Aspen Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. In addition, ASC owns and operates the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass, a collection of rental and retail shops titled Four Mountain Sports and a hospitality division that includes the five-star, five-diamond property, The Little Nell and three contemporary Limelight Hotels, one based in the core of Aspen, one at the base of Snowmass Mountain, and the other in Ketchum, Idaho. In its current form, ASC is a values-driven company that is grounded within the core values of: Live Passionately, Awaken the Spirit, Elevate Community and Honor Place. Aspen Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen). For more information about Aspen Snowmass, visit www.aspensnowmass.com or call (800) 525-6200. Follow Aspen Snowmass @aspensnowmass on Twitter and Instagram or at www.facebook.com/aspensnowmass.

Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.

The-Ski-GURU TRAVEL can plan your holidays including booking your Eurotunnel trip, lodging, lift tickets, rentals, ski school, and all you need for an excellent vacation. Go to http://www.the-ski-guru.com/traveland upload your information – this page will be updated soon with more travel ideas.

You can start thinking about your trip, by reading the articles on the Planning your Ski Trip tab.  Or how to pack for your family ski trip. Take advantage now of having one kids ski pass for free, courtesy of MySwitzerland. If taking your furry friend abroad to the continent, read about the new Pet Travel Scheme update from DEFRA. Or our last news on equipment as seen at the London Ski Show. Also, the new range of skis of Black Crows, one of our favourite brands. Lots of snow makes you wonder how the resorts deal with the avalanche danger. Here you can read the interview to Coco Torres, former Head of Operations of Las Leñas, in Argentina, as how they dealt with avalanches at the resort. 

Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.

Or perhaps you may choose to read the Ski Resort NewsSki Passes News, and the Must-Read Guides to Zermatt,  CourmayeurVal di Fiemme and Crans-Montana. Coming soon will be the guides to Lech and St Anton. Or see an amazing heli flight over the Mont Blanc Massif. Also see tips on how not to be scammed when booking a ski chalet.

You can also read what’s new at Les Trois Vallées and the last article on what is new at the Tirol ski areas,  in 3 Zinnen Dolomites ,  in Gstaad , in Chamonix and in the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. And how the US Ski Team has chosen Alpe Cimbra to train for the following four ski seasons as their European home.

Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.

Or check how Cairngorm Mountain might not run its funicular this coming season and how that can affect the region. And the terrible storms and gails that provoked havoc to Trentino Alto-Adige and Belluno provinces in Northern Italy. 

Thankfully Val di Fassa is ready for opening December 6 as stated here.

Also, you can read how Grandvalira will be staying together as one lift ticket company and how they are adding Ordino Arcalis to  this offer. Or read about the latest investments in Whistler Blackcomb. Or see how Taos is going against the industry trend, and instead of merging with the two biggest oligopolies in skiing at the moment, it goes and buys an airline to get more bums in resort. Or how Jackson Hole is appealing to families and beginners – it is not only a resort for expert skiers anymore.

Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.
Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17. Photo: Aspen Skiing Company.

f you want to salivate and think of snow, see our snow report from last weekend here. Or see how Aspen Snowmass has started its snowmaking operation.  You can keep up to date on how are the sales for the EPIC and IKON passes are doing here. Read how Emma, the first Digital Mountain Assistant, is launched in Keystone now and will be rolled to eight other resorts this season. And even read about the new incorporation to the IKON Pass: Valle Nevado. Here is also a post on the South American resorts. 

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Aspen Mountain to Open Early, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

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