Aspen Mountain Opening Early

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Powder shots in mid-November are oh-so-nice.

Latest storm drops 16 inches of snow; Opening day bumped up to Saturday, November 18, 2006.November 15, 2006

ASPEN/SNOWMASS, CO - (News Release) - After another winter storm dropped up to 16 inches of snow on Aspen/Snowmass, opening day on Aspen Mountain has been bumped up five days to this Saturday, Nov. 18. More than six feet of snow has fallen since September and crews have worked hard to preserve snow on upper slopes.

"It would be criminal not to open this mountain," said Peter King, Mountain Manager, Aspen Mountain. "Our crews have been working hard to get the mountain ready to go and we are all excited to get the community up on the hill early."

The upper slopes on Aspen Mountain will open with approximately 150 acres of terrain served by the Ajax Express Quad and the Gent's Ridge quad chairs. All skiers and riders will upload and download on the Silver Queen Gondola to access open terrain. Runs to open include Buckhorn, Midnight, North American, Reds, Tourtelotte Park, 1& 2 Leaf, Silver Bell, Dipsy Doodle, Bellisimo, Silver Dip and Seibert's. Look for temporary openings on steeper terrain as well.

Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Sundeck restaurant will be open for business. The Ski & Snowboard School will be open for adult lessons only, no beginner lessons or children's lessons will be offered. Lift tickets will be $52 Adult, $42 Youth/Senior, $32 Child. Premier passes are valid for these pre-season dates. Since all other passes, including Classic Passes, are only valid for the published winter season, we will offer all non-premier passholders a $32 daily ticket.

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, we will honor Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club at Aspen Mountain. We strongly encourage everyone to come by and show their support for the club; become a member and register to win an Audi.

World Cup ski racing is just ten days away, with the world's fastest women skiers taking center stage on Aspen Mountain for the Sirius Satellite Radio Aspen Winternational, Nov. 25-26.

Snowmass will open as scheduled on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open Saturday, Dec. 9. When skiers and riders return they'll find more than $23 million dollars in on-mountain improvements including the new Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass, opening Dec. 16, and new cabins on Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen Gondola.

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