Aspen Mountain will be open again this weekend for another round of late-spring skiing.
The Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express chairlift will both be open June 8-9, according to a press release sent out by Aspen Skiing Co. Monday. According to the release, there will be 130 acres of terrain accessible on a 58-inch base depth. All skiers and snowboarders will be required to download on the gondola.
The mountain reopened for skiing on Memorial Day weekend, which is when the gondola normally begins its summer operations. But thanks to a strong snowpack still lingering up high after a great winter and a wet, cool spring, SkiCo opted to also run the high-speed quad serving the top 1,100-vertical feet of Aspen Mountain for skiers. The bonus skiing continued last weekend and company officials have said that as long as conditions allow a good skiing product, they will run the lift.
The gondola will operate this weekend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Ajax Express — also known as Chair 3 — will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., as long as conditions allow for laps on the upper blue and black runs.
The gondola will also be open to foot traffic for sightseeing and there will be food and beverage options as well as a DJ on Saturday. Tickets for sightseers are $27 for a one-way ride or $32 for a weekend ticket providing unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday. Lift tickets are $57 a day for skiers and riders, although Flex, Double Flex, Classic, Club Escape, Ikon and Mountain Collective passholders pay $27 for lift tickets, $13 for one-day sightseeing and $16 for weekend sightseeing. Holders of unrestricted Premier passes, as well as AVSC, grade school and high school passes from last season ski free.
According to the release, Four Mountain Sports in Aspen will be open for rental and retail. All ski and snowboard rentals are half price and ski and bike packages are available at a discounted rate. Ski and snowboard equipment can be picked up after 2 p.m. on Friday for weekend rentals. For more information please call (970) 923-1227 or visit www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/aspen-mountain/summer.