Aspen Highlands gets an early start with Saturday opening |

Aspen Highlands gets an early start with Saturday opening

Staff report
Aspen Highlands will open Saturday, a week earlier than scheduled, Aspen Skiing Co. officials said Monday. Parts of Highland Bowl, seen here on Oct. 10, will also open Saturday.
Anna Stonehouse / The Aspen Times

Aspen Highlands will open Saturday, one week early, with more than 700 acres of terrain, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Monday.

Skico tweeted earlier this week that the opening will include “major portions of the Highland Bowl.” That will include 200 acres on the G Zones side of the Bowl. Another 100 acres of terrain in Deep Temerity will open.

Additional terrain will include Scarlett’s, Gun Barrel, Meadows, Grand Prix, Prospector, Nugget and Jerome. The terrain will be served by the Exhibition, Loge and Deep Temerity chairlifts.

Highlands will have top-to-bottom skiing with 2,500 feet of vertical terrain.

Highlands had been scheduled to open Dec. 8 but the season debut was moved up after 11 inches of snow fell in the past week as of Monday. More snow hit the entire valley Thursday and into Friday.

“Given the recent storms, cold weather, and hard work of the Aspen Highlands operations and patrol teams, we are proud to offer an early opening to locals and visitors on Highlands this weekend,” Kevin Hagerty, mountain manager of Aspen Highlands, said in a prepared statement. It will be the first time Highlands has opened early in several years, he noted.

Aspen Mountain also opened early this season and Snowmass opened a significant amount of terrain as scheduled on Thanksgiving Day.

As of Monday, 1,156 acres of terrain on 63 trails was open between Aspen Mountain and Snowmass.

At Highlands on Saturday, the Merry-Go-Round restaurant will be open. The Cloud Nine High Alpine Bistro will open as scheduled on Dec. 8.

Skico is charging $149 per day for adult lift tickets starting Saturday.

Near Glenwood Springs, Sunlight Mountain is also set to open new terrain on the west side of the mountain Friday, with the opening of the Segundo lift. Sunlight will be open through Sunday, and is considering opening full time Dec. 7, a full week ahead of the scheduled opening.

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