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Aspen Mountain opens early as more fresh snow falls

November 23, 2014, 8:33 am
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Aspen Mountain is now open for the 2014-15 ski season as Mother Nature continues to cooperate (Aspen Skiing photo).

Aspen Mountain opened on Saturday, five days earlier than scheduled, and promptly received four inches of new snow by Sunday morning with more on the way.

Aspen was originally scheduled to open on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, but moved up opening day after a blast of winter weather dropped more than two feet of snow starting Nov. 10. Snowmass is still slated to open Nov. 27, followed by Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Dec. 13.

Teams of boot packers have already been high atop Highlands Bowl getting that extreme terrain ready for action next month.

Aspen Mountain opened Saturday with two of eight lifts and 19 of 76 trails. It will host women’s World Cup ski racing action Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30, when the Aspen Winternational returns after a year hiatus.

Crested Butte is scheduled to open on Wednesday after receiving nine inches of new snow from the latest storm, Crested Butte is offering free skiing on opening day.

According to, another two to four inches of snow is expected to fall Sunday, followed by another four to seven inches on Monday.


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