Aspen Skiing Co. Announces Early Opening Day for Aspen Mountain, Snowmass

ASPEN – A few weeks of cold and stormy weather brought Aspen Mountain and Snowmass forward on opening day, sparking excitement among local skiers and snowboarders eager to get on the mountain.

Although originally scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, opening day will now take place five days earlier on Nov. 19, Aspen Skiing Co. announced Friday.

“We have all of our personnel on board and ready to go,” said Jeff Hanle, vice president of communications. “It’s a great opportunity for our teams to get out there and get things done before the visitors start arriving.

Hanle said it’s not uncommon for Aspen Snowmass to open early. With cold weather forecast between now and the opening, artificial snowmaking will be key to improving conditions on the slopes and Skico plans to continue to do so at full speed.

“We’ve always had a philosophy that if we have good snow and good skiing and we can market a good product, we open early and close late,” he said.

Pass sales continue to be strong so far this year. Hanle said he strongly suggests picking up passes early at open ticket booths at the Riverside Building at Basalt, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Base Village Gondola to avoid the opening day crowds. The easiest way to pick up a pass is to download the Aspen Snowmass app and scan your QR codes at any of the pickup boxes located at the base of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, and Aspen Highlands.

“It’s going to be fun. Our teams are going to work the snow, move it and prep it. It’s going to be a fun opener,” Hanle said.

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