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Aspen Mountain's Spar Gulch on Monday. The run will be open for lift served skiing on Saturday as Aspen Skiing Co. announced the season will start five days early on Ajax and Snowmass.  

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will both be open for daily operations Saturday, Nov. 23, five days prior to the resorts’ scheduled opening date, Aspen Skiing Co. announced on Monday.

Aspen Mountain will operate Little Nell and Bell Mountain chairlifts giving access to 75 acres of terrain with over 2,600 vertical feet. Available runs will include Deer Park, Tortilla Flats, Spar Gulch and The Little Nell. Additionally, the Silver Queen Gondola will be open for sightseeing and the Sundeck will be available for food and beverage options. 

SkiCo is waiting on more snow to fill in the top of Aspen Mountain, above the terminus of the snowmaking system, to promise skiing on the gondola.

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A snowcat at work in the Tortilla Flats area near the bottom of Aspen Mountain's Chair 3 on Monday. Aspen Skiing Co. announced that the mountain will open early on Saturday with limited terrain, served by Little Nell and Bell Mountain chairlifts. 

Snowmass will offer a total of 60 acres of terrain with skiing and riding from the Village Express midway unload point along Upper Scooper to Lower Hal’s Hollow to the bottom of Fanny Hill as well as at Elk Camp Meadows accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster will be up-and-running and the Elk Camp Restaurant will be open with food and beverages.

"With a series of incredible early season storms and cold temperatures, our mountain operations teams have been hard at work and we could not be more excited to open early on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for the second year in a row,” Katie Ertl, senior vice president, mountain operations, said in a press release. “With 135 acres of combined skiable terrain on Aspen and Snowmass, perfectly groomed corduroy and a few storms coming mid-week we are looking forward to a great 19/20 season.”

Four Mountain Sports will be open and the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass will offer both group and private lessons for all ages at Snowmass, including children’s lessons out of the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, and private lessons at Aspen Mountain.

For opening weekend through Wednesday, Nov. 27, lift tickets are $109 per day for adults and $69 for children, teens and seniors. Half-day tickets for adults are $79 and $52 for children, teens and seniors. Sightseeing tickets for both the Silver Queen Gondola and the Elk Camp Gondola are $37 for adults and $26 for children. The sightseeing tickets include a $10 lunch credit at either the Sundeck restaurant on Aspen Mountain or the Elk Camp restaurant on Snowmass. All pass products are good for the early opening. Ticket offices are currently open at the base of Aspen Mountain and at the Snowmass Base Village Gondola seven-days a week. The Snowmass Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall and the Two Creeks Ticket Office will open for the season Saturday, Nov. 23.

Aspen Mountain lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Snowmass, the Village Express lift will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with the Elk Camp Gondola running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

As conditions allow and weather permitting, terrain will be added on both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. For the most up-to-date terrain openings, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/our-mountains/mountain-announcements.

 Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 7.

Let it snow

Snowguns were firing on all cylinders along the Little Nell run of Aspen Mountain last week. Aspen Skiing Co. announced today that Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will open Saturday, five days early.