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Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Ski Area will open Saturday with more than 1,000 acres of terrain between them.

Aspen Skiing Co. announced the terrain totals in a news release on Wednesday. According to the release, Highlands will open with 717 acres including the North Woods, Child’s Play and G8-G0 in the Highland Bowl, plus a majority of the front side. All lifts will operate except Thunderbowl which is slated to open Dec. 14, according to the release. In addition, Merry-Go-Round and Cloud 9 Bistro will open for business, and all skier services will be open, including the Ski and Snowboard School as well as Four Mountain Sports.

Buttermilk will open with almost 300 acres and kick off the season with Chocolate Day, the release says. The Summit Express chair will be running and the West Buttermilk chair will run from the mid-station.When conditions allow, lower West Buttermilk and Tiehack will open as well. The release adds that there will be nine features available in the terrain park at the top of West Buttermilk. For dining options, both Bumps and the Cliffhouse Restaurant will be open for business along with Four Mountain Sports for rentals. 

Also, there will be a celebration with Aspen legend Klaus Obermeyer, who recently turned 100, at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bumps. The event will feature complimentary apple strudel, retro Obermeyer skiwear and a presentation by Mike Kaplan, CEO of SkiCo.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will continue to open runs and lifts as conditions allow. With the two mountains opening Saturday, the release states that there are nearly 2,500 acres of skiable terrain across all four mountains.

Prior to Saturday’s opening, Aspen Highlands will be closed to all modes of uphill travel on Thursday and Friday as crews work to prepare the mountain for opening, according to a separate press release. The release adds that in-season uphill rules will go into effect Saturday at Highlands. SkiCo’s uphill policy can be found at aspensnowmass.com/uphill.