Aspen Mountain will open for the weekend Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17, twelve days earlier than the scheduled opening on Thanksgiving Day. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will be open daily for the season on Saturday, November 23, five days before the scheduled opening.

Early season snow and cold temperatures have allowed crews to work around the clock and get the mountains ready. Aspen Mountain will open with top-to-bottom skiing down both the Spar Gulch and Copper Bowl sides of the mountain. Skiers and riders will enjoy more than 200 acres of terrain, 3,267 of vertical on an 18 inch base. The Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express Chair will be open as will the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. Specific information on runs and additional lifts will be announced later this week.

All season passes will be valid as they would be in the regular season. Today is the last day to buy your Aspen/Snowmass Classic Pass. Additional pricing information will be announced later this week and prior to opening.

Thanksgiving weekend will 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.

Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area – Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk – as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass. The area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen/Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains – Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE) (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (EGE) (70 miles from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or visit the company’s website at www.aspensnowmass.com.