Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season

Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season

 Up to 11 Inches of New Snow in the Last 48 Hours

ASPEN SNOWMASS, Colo.—Nov. 1, 2018—Last night, Aspen Snowmass officially kicked-off snowmaking operations in preparation for the 2018-19 season. With the necessary sustained cool temperatures, the snow guns were fired-up starting the highly-anticipated countdown to the ski/ride season. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 22 followed by Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Dec. 8.

A lonely snowmaker working in Ajax. Photo: Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season
A lonely snowmaker working in Ajax. Photo: Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season

“All of our systems are tested and ready and you should hear the sounds of snowmaking on the streets of Aspen. Bootpacking has started, our maintenance projects are wrapping up and our teams are preparing the mountains for opening day,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations for Aspen Snowmass.

Snowmaking began on Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass. Aspen Mountain focused snowmaking efforts on Deer Park, Spar Gulch and Little Nell trails, Aspen Highlands began on the AVSC (Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club) training venue and Snowmass began blowing snow on the Meadows with plans to blow snow soon on Scooper and Hal’s Hollow. Snowmaking at Buttermilk is scheduled to begin mid-November.

In the last 48 hours, Aspen Snowmass has received up to 11 inches of new snow with more winter storms on the way through the weekend. Aspen Mountain received 11 inches of snow in the last 48 hours, followed by Snowmass with 10 inches, Aspen Highlands with nine inches and Buttermilk with five inches.

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Snowmaking is underway in Aspen Mountain. Photo: Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season
Snowmaking is underway in Aspen Mountain.
Photo: Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season

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.

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Snowmaking in Ajax. Photo: Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season
Snowmaking in Ajax.
Photo: Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season

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Featured Image: Ajax – Aspen Mountain Snowmaking -picture by Dan Bayer. Aspen Skiing Company. Snowmaking Operations Underway at Aspen Snowmass for the 2018-19 Season

 

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