125 acres, 16 trails set to open Saturday on Aspen Mountain | PostIndependent.com

125 acres, 16 trails set to open Saturday on Aspen Mountain

The Silver Queen Gondola will take skiers and snowboarders up Aspen Mountain today to access skiable terrain. Skiers will have to download to get back to the base.
Jeremy Wallace/The Aspen Times |


Tag your skiing and snowboarding photos this weekend with #aspenonthehill and look for your shots in The Aspen Times.

Aspen Skiing Co. will open 16 trails on 125 acres of terrain for skiing on Aspen Mountain Saturday, the company announced Friday.

The trails include Silver Bell, Silver Dip, North American, One & Two Leaf, Upper North Star, Pussyfoot and Deer Park, according to an email from Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle.

There won’t be top-to-bottom skiing for the preview weekend. Skiers and riders must download the Silver Queen Gondola to get to the base. In addition to the gondola, the Gentlemen’s Ridge and Ajax Express chairlifts will operate. The chairs will spin from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm.

Skico officials made the decision to open Aspen Mountain for a preview weekend because of the snow conditions and prospects for additional snow. The ski area will be closed Nov. 16-20, then open for the season on Saturday, Nov. 21. Snowmass will also open for the season Nov. 21. Both ski areas were scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. Skico opens early whenever conditions allow.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are still scheduled to open on their scheduled day, Dec. 12.

Aspen Mountain has received 18 inches of snow in the last two weeks.

All season passes will be valid as they would be in the regular season. Lift tickets are $59 a day for adults and $39 for children, youth and seniors. Extension days for Classic, Flex, Club Escape and Mountain Collective Passholders are just $29 for Adults and $19 for child, youth, seniors and college students. Sightseeing tickets are $21 adults and $10 for all others.

The waiting is also almost over for women’s World Cup skiing. Aspen learned it will host an additional slalom race during Winternational. The first slalom was cancelled in Levi, Finland, and was rescheduled for Aspen.

Aspen will now host a women’s giant slalom race Friday, Nov. 27, the slalom races on Saturday and Sunday.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User