With more than a half a foot of new snow and more on the way, Aspen Mountain opened for snow riding today nearly two weeks before its scheduled opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Aspen Skiing officials predicted another good early-season day Sunday with another 8 inches of snow in the forecast. The resort shuts down again on Monday, but will reopen for the season on Saturday, Nov. 23, along with nearby Snowmass.
Aspen Mountain opened today with 216 acres, 3,200 vertical feet of skiing, three lifts and 21 trails. More than 60 inches of snow has fallen in Aspen/Snowmass so far this fall, allowing for one of the earliest openings in Aspen Skiing Company history.
While opening day has been moved up, Thanksgiving weekend will still be packed with events, including the Thanksjibbing rail jam at Snowmass Base Village on Friday, Nov. 29, and the first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season featuring Elephant Revival on Saturday, Nov. 30, at the base of Aspen Mountain.
There are now eight resorts open across Colorado, including Arapahoe Basin, Loveland, Winter Park, Breckenridge, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Wolf Creek (the big winner Saturday morning with 9 inches of new snow and a 35-inch base).
Eldora and Vail are set to open on Friday, Nov. 22.
Opensnow.com predicts more snowy weather leading up to those two opening days later in the week.
“Monday and Tuesday will be dry, then we’ll likely see flakes from Wednesday through Friday,” Opensnow meteorologist Joel Gratz wrote. “Don’t get too excited for a big storm because it’s too far away to know, but I’m happy that snow continues to be in the extended forecast.”