The Aspen Buzz

Ajax To Open Early for the Weekend

This photo, taken 11/12/15 shows we have pretty good coverage already!

This photo, taken 11/12/15 shows we have pretty good coverage already!

One of the great things about living in Aspen is our ski resorts aren’t owned by some giant corporation located in a far away place, but by a small company whose decision makers live—and ski—here. In fact, chances are good that Mike Kaplan, the CEO of Aspen Skiing Company, skinned up Aspen Mountain to see the conditions for himself and to help decide whether or not the mountain could indeed open early, according to SkiCo spokesperson Jeff Hanle.

A snowstorm Tuesday night and Wednesday morning delivered four more inches to bring the base at the summit of Aspen Mountain to around 14-inches with deeper pockets where the wind has created more accumulation, SkiCo officials say. New snow combined with low temperatures have allowed for snow making to fill in thinner areas.

Fresh powder turns were had on Aspen Highlands yesterday for those who want to

Fresh powder turns were had on Aspen Highlands yesterday for those who want to “earn their turns” and skin up.

Skiing will be open on the upper mountain with 100 acres of skiable terrain on the Ajax Express and Gent’s Ridge chairs. Skiers will have to download on the gondola as there is not enough snow yet for adequate coverage on the lower mountain.

“There will be some fun groomed terrain for lapping,” said longtime local Tim Mutrie. “The first day of the season it doesn’t really matter—it feels like Christmas! It’s just great to be able to get up there and do some lift accessed skiing.”

Aspen Mountain will be open for the weekend and then close again Monday. The good news is the official season opening has been pushed up to November 21 (it was originally set for November 26) for both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass.

“The rumors are true” Rich Burkley, Vice President of Mountain Operations said in a press release. “Given the recent series of storms, the cold weather and the hard work of the Aspen Mountain crews it should come as no surprise.”

Lift hours are from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $59/day for adults and $39 for children. Seasons passes are valid just like in the normal season. Extension days for Classic, Flex, Club Escape and Mountain Collective Passholders are $29 for adults and $19 for child, teens, seniors and college students. Sightseeing tickets are $21 for adults and $10 for all others.

If you were thinking of coming out to Aspen for the Thanksgiving holiday, come now. And please contact us for your real estate buying or selling needs. Or just stop by our office (located in the Alpine Bank building, Suite 305) to say hello. If you do go skiing, we’re just a few blocks from the gondola.