Aspen Opens Thanksgiving Day


ASPEN/SNOWMASS, Colo., November 23, 2004 — Snowmass and Aspen Mountains will open for the season on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25 giving Aspen/Snowmass 257 acres of skiing/riding terrain. Aspen Mountain will open to Women's FIS racers as the FIS Alpine World Cup goes down Nov. 26-28. Both mountains will have limited terrain open due to early-season conditions.

Snowmass will open with top-to-bottom skiing and riding. Three lifts will access 150 acres of terrain, 3,500 vertical feet and eight trails - Fanny Hill, Cabin Trail, Sneakies, Center of the Burn, Dallas, Pine Needle and Pine Cone. Some terrain park features for all abilities will be open including jumps, the Colorado Rail and the S Rail. Skiers and riders can play on two 20 foot straight rails, a flat down rail, a 30 foot straight rail and a 45 foot table.

One hundred and seven acres of terrain will be open to skiers and riders with 9 runs - Silver Bell, 1&2 Leaf, Copper Cut-off, Deer Park, Dipsy Doodle, Belissimo, North American, Tourtelotte Park, and Midnight, accessible from the Silver Queen gondola. Lift 3 (Ajax Express) will be open and skiers and riders will download off the gondola at the end of the day.

Join the fastest women in the world in the Aspen tradition of World Cup racing as they compete on Aspen Mountain on Friday, 11/26 through Sunday, 11/28 in G and Super G races. Watch U.S. racers Kirsten Clark, Lindsey Kildow and Sarah Schleper ski for glory against others to watch including Croatia's Janica Kostelic and Sweden's Anja Paerson.

"The best skiing and snowboarding action is on Snowmass with top-to-bottom terrain from the top of The Burn to Fanny Hill. When your ski day is done, head to Aspen Mountain and check out World Cup action, said Mike Kaplan, Senior Vice President of Operation for Aspen Skiing Company.

Early season pricing is in effect with $44 a day tickets for adults, $39 for youth (ages 13-17) and seniors (ages 65-69) and $29 a day for children (ages 7-12). An Opening Special of 3 out of 4 day tickets for only $120 will be available Thursday and Friday only. All season passes are valid as they would be during the regular season.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open for the season as scheduled on December 11.