Aspen Snowmass is set to open 4,100 acres of skiable terrain on Saturday at its four resorts — Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Buttermilk — after nearly 2 feet of new snow fell in the last week. And forecasters are calling for a lot more snow over the holidays.
“Aspen Mountain will be over 90 percent open and patrol is working on the last pockets of the Glades and Jackpot,” said Rich Burkley, Vice President of Mountain Operations for Aspen Skiing Company. “At Highlands, more expert terrain will join the already open Highland Bowl, including Child’s Play and Moment Chutes. The Tiehack Chair enters service for the season providing access to lower portions of Racer’s Edge, Javeline, Tiehack Trail and Sterner’s Gulch.”
At Snowmass, the Two Creeks, Campground and Coney Glade Chairs will start to spin and patrol will open Burnt Mountain Glades, Long Shot, East Branch, Creekside, Cascade, Campground and Bearclaw trails. In addition to terrain openings, the Two Creeks Café will also open with hot food and beverages.
Friday kicked off the first Ullr Night of the season at Elk Camp in Snowmass accessed via a ride up the Elk Camp gondola. Guests and locals can enjoy activities such as a bonfire, s’mores, live music, snowtubing, guided snowshoe tours and more. Also beginning Friday, Elk Camp debuted the new lift-served tubing facilities that provide multiple lanes of tubing as well as illuminated runs during the Ullr festivities.
Opensnow.com is calling for substantial snowfall Sunday through Tuesday morning, followed by more snow later in the week:
“Let the games begin!” Opensnow.com meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote. “A moist flow from the northwest will drop moderate to heavy snow along and north of I-70. The central mountains around Aspen, Monarch, and Irwin (west of Crested Butte) should do OK, as should the northern San Juans around Telluride and Silverton.
“Total accumulations during this time could be 1-2 FEET (or more) for I-70 and north and perhaps 5-10 inches in the central/southern mountains that I just listed.”