Aspen Skiing Co. announces dates for summer operations

People soak up the sun atop Aspen Mountain on the first day of the summer gondola season, Friday, June 12, 2020. The gondola will be open for the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until September 7, 2020. (Kelsey Brunner / The Times of Aspen)

Buttermilk will open for the first time this year for summer tours, hiking, disc golf and dining, Aspen Skiing Co. announced on Tuesday.

Buttermilk will open Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31, and will continue to be open Friday-Sunday through June 20. Skico has decided to open Buttermilk because summer operations at Aspen Mountain will be delayed until July 2 due to construction projects.

All activities at Buttermilk will be accessible by the Summit Express chairlift from the main Buttermilk. The chairlift will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The summer season at Snowmass will begin June 21 with daily operations through Labor Day September 6, Skico announced. The Elk Camp gondola will be open as will the Elk Camp chairlift. The Snowmass Bike Park will be operational with the Lost Forest Adventure Center, Camp Aspen Snowmass and the usual hiking and biking trails. The Elk Camp restaurant will be open for food and drink. Weekend operations will take place from Friday to Sunday from September 10 to closing day on October 3.

The Elk Camp gondola will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Elk Camp chairlift will operate from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jacqui Ball makes a turn at the top of Valhalla in the Snowmass Downhill Bike Park on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. “We’re so happy it’s open,” Ball said of the downhill park. (Kelsey Brunner / The Aspen Times)

Aspen Mountain will start its summer season late due to the installation of a new cable on the Silver Queen Gondola and the renovation of the Aspen Mountain Club. Summer operations in Ajax will begin on July 2 and end on Labor Day, September 6. After that, the facilities will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until October 3.

The Silver Queen Gondola will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“New for the start of summer, Buttermilk is a great place for sightseeing with spectacular views of the Highlands and Pyramid Peak as we complete construction projects on Aspen Mountain,” said Katie Ertl, vice-president. senior president of Skico mountain operations, in a statement. “As the vaccination rollout continues to accelerate, we are ready to welcome our customers once again when they are ready for endless exploration in the mountains and to live fully in nature. “

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