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Snowy weather moves back in as more ski areas open for season

Aspen/Snowmass promising action-packed opening weekend starting Thanksgiving Day

October 28, 2013, 4:20 pm

After a week of prime mountain-biking weather, snow returns to the Colorado high country this week just in time for two ski areas – Copper Mountain and Keystone – to join A-Basin and Loveland and open for the season on Friday. Aspen and Snowmass open one month from today (Oct. 28).

Wolf Creek Ski Area will open again for the weekend only on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3. The southern Colorado resort opens for the full season starting Friday, Nov. 8, joined that day by Breckenridge.

Colorado ski sesaon on full swing

A-Basin has been open since Oct. 13 (A-Basin photo).

This week’s system of storms will move in a series of waves, according to, starting Tuesday and ending Friday. Anywhere from 7 to 16 inches could fall throughout a wide swatch of the Colorado Rockies, including Aspen.

For anyone considering hitting the two open ski areas up until Thursday or the total of four open resorts on Friday, Opensnow meteorologist Joel Gratz has this advice:

“If frequent snow showers do develop on Wednesday and Wednesday evening, the last chair on Wednesday or first chair on Thursday should be good. And depending on how the northwest flow works out, Thursday day or Friday morning could also be fun.”

After Breck and Wolf Creek open on Nov. 8, Winter Park is up next on Wednesday, Nov. 13, followed by Eldora and Vail on Friday, Nov. 22, Crested Butte and Beaver Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 27, Aspen/Snowmass on Thursday, Nov. 28, Purgatory on Nov. 29 and Howelson on Nov. 30.

In December, Sunlight opens Dec. 6, Ski Granby Ranch Dec. 11, Powderhorn Dec. 12, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Ski Cooper on Dec. 14 and finally Silverton on Dec. 21.

Aspen officials have lined up a slew of opening day and weekend festivities for Thanksgiving, including the Thanksjibbing rail jam and the first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season featuring Elephant Revival.

“Opening weekend is always an exciting time for this community,” said John Rigney, VP of Sales & Events, Aspen Skiing Company. “We’re happy to kick off the year with some fun events and great live music available to locals and guests alike.”

Thanksjibbing is a ski and snowboard rail jam competition featuring top regional riders that will be held in Snowmass Base Village on Friday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m. There will also be family activities and specials at Base Village restaurants. More information is available at

The first Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season featuring Elephant Revival takes place on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. in upper Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain. Elephant Revival, a quintet from Nederland, Colo., mixes bluegrass with gypsy, rock, Celtic, psychedelic country and folk sounds and has shared the stage with big acts such as Dispatch, Michael Franti, Leftover Salmon and Yonder Mountain String Band.

The Ajax Tavern will have beer garden with $4 Bud and Bud Light specials throughout the event. Six free concerts will take place throughout the winter on key weekends. The concerts are held at different locations around Aspen/Snowmass, including on-hill stages and downtown streets. For more info visit

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