Aspen Mountain will open early

Aspen Skiing Co. announced on Thursday that it will open Aspen Mountain five days early this year, on Saturday, Nov. 17, as good early season snowfall has established a base on the upper mountain and cold temperatures have allowed snowmaking to get off to a roaring start, as seen in this photo of the Little Nell ski run taken Thursday morning. SkiCo spokesman Jeff Hanle said it’s unknown what terrain will be open next weekend, but more natural snowfall will be needed to open the top of the mountain. Otherwise, skiing will be limited to man-made snow using the Little Nell and Bell Mountain lifts.

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