Aspen Mountain will open an hour earlier when the lifts spin again this weekend, at 9 a.m. instead of 10, with 12 to 16 inches of fresh snow awaiting skiers up top after Monday and Tuesday’s storm.
“We think the skiing might be better between 9 and 10 than later in the day,” wrote Aspen Skiing Co. vice president of communications Jeff Hanle in an email.
SkiCo announced last week that Aspen Mountain would be open for skiing this Memorial Day weekend, which is the kick-off to summer operations on the Silver Queen Gondola. It won’t be looking much like summer at the top of the mountain, however, where the settled base before this week’s storms was 54 inches deep.
Open terrain will consist of about 130 acres of mostly intermediate groomers, with a side helping of expert runs including Summit, Blondie’s and Dipsy Headwall, on snow coverage that has been described as “wall to wall” on the upper reaches of the mountain. Skiing will be accessed via laps on the Ajax Express lift, also known as Chair 3, with uploading and downloading — all skiers must download — on the Silver Queen Gondola.
Skiing will end no later than 2 p.m., and perhaps earlier if conditions deteriorate, though the gondola will run until 4 p.m. Food and beverage service, along with a live DJ, will animate the Sundeck.
For those skiing and riding, lift tickets are $54 a day. Sightseers pay $27 for a single-ride ticket, or $32 for a weekend ticket providing unlimited rides Saturday through Monday. Children under 3 are free. Aspen-Snowmass premier passes as well as 6-and-under passes provide free access for both skiing/riding and sightseeing. Discounted pricing for Flex, Double Flex, Classic, Club Escape, School, AVSC, Ikon and Mountain Collective passholders is $27 for skiing/riding, $13 for a one-ride sightseeing ticket and $16 for a weekend sightseeing ticket.