Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Aspen Mountain to open this weekend!

We heard the rumors, we hoped it would be true, and YES, during the summer Food and Wine festival, Aspen Mountian will OPEN for skiing and riding on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!! Get thee to Aspen!!

This from SnowBoard Magazine:

Aspen Moutain To Open This Weekend, June 13-15

Record Winter Snowfall Allows Aspen/Snowmass to Open the Top of Aspen Mountain for a Summer Ski Experience

Aspen/Snowmass, CO., June 9, 2008 – Aspen Skiing Company announced today that it will open the top of Aspen Mountain for skiing this weekend, June 13-15, 2008. Record winter snowfall has left the top of the mountain covered in snow as the traditional summer operating season begins. With an average depth of more than three feet on upper slopes, the mountain will open with seven runs and about 45 acres of mostly intermediate terrain, served by the Ajax Express chairlift.

"We are a skiing company," said Mike Kaplan, president and CEO, Aspen Skiing Company. "We have the unique opportunity to offer skiing and riding as we open for our summer season, and we thought it would be a great way to have some fun and once again thank the community for all their support."

The mountain will be open to the 11,212-foot summit with uploading and downloading on the Silver Queen Gondola. Skiing and riding will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Ajax Express chairlift. The Sundeck restaurant will be open serving barbecue lunch and beverages on the outdoor deck. Non-skiing gondola hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with the last ride down at 4:30 p.m.

"It's your typical early summer conditions," quipped Rich Burkley, vice president mountain operations, "better than a glacier, but not as good as a powder day. It will certainly be fun and is the perfect excuse for having a beer or two at the Sundeck. If you've got it, ski it."

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