Aspen Mountain ski season to run an extra two weekends
March 30, 2010
ASPEN – Aspen’s ski season will be extended by two extra weekends.
The Aspen Skiing Co. will keep the lifts running on Aspen Mountain on April 17-18 and and April 24-25, company Senior Vice President David Perry told the Aspen Chamber Resort Association board of directors on Tuesday morning.
“We have enough snowpack. Even if we start to lose snowpack at the bottom, we’ve got enough up high,” he said.
Tuesday’s snow report indicated a 54-inch base at the top of Aspen Mountain. Aspen Highlands has an 88-inch base up top and Snowmass boasts a 79-inch base, but the Silver Queen Gondola at Aspen Mountain makes it easy to open runs at the top of the mountain and let skiers and riders download if conditions at the bottom degrade.
The regular ski season closes April 11 at both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. The final day of the season at Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands is April 4.
Local ski passes will be valid for the extended season, Perry said. Those who have a Flex Pass can ski one weekend day and validate the pass for a second day for $19, he said. Additional days for anyone with a Classic or Escape Pass are also $19. Anyone with a valid ski pass from any other Colorado resort can ski Aspen Mountain for $29 per day on the two extra weekends.
The walk-up lift ticket rate will be $39 for adults, $29 for seniors and youths, and $19 for kids, ages 7 to 12. Those age 6 and younger can ski or ride for free.
Specific lift and terrain openings for the extended season will be announced prior to the weekend openings; they will depend on weather and conditions.
The Sundeck atop the mountain will be open and host a band each day, according to the Skico.