Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado—Aspen/Snowmass gives thanks as two of the resort’s four mountains open for the season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24. Snowmass and Aspen Mountain will open with a combined 600 acres of top-to-bottom skiing and riding terrain. The award winning Ski & Snowboard School of Aspen/Snowmass will be up and running on both mountains.

Snowmass

Snowmass will open with nearly 375 acres of terrain accessed by the new Village Express 6-pack chair at the base of Fanny Hill. The Village Express will take skiers and riders to the top of Sam’s Knob for one of the most spectacular views in all of ski country. The Big Burn lift will also be open inviting skiers and riders to hit virtually wall-to-wall terrain on the Big Burn. Hungry guests can head to The Cirque Café and Ullrhof for fuel. Up 4 Pizza will be open this Thursday – Sunday and will then close Monday – Friday for weekend service only. As a reminder, Sam’s Knob Restaurant has been removed, however restroom facilities and a warming hut are available at the patrol headquarters located at the top of the Village Express lift. A small terrain park will open with boxes and rails for advanced and beginner skiers and riders.

Aspen Mountain

Aspen Mountain will open with nearly 225 acres of terrain served by three lifts — the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Express and Gent’s Ridge. Guests will be able to enjoy top-to-bottom skiing and riding on 23 runs, offering both intermediate and advanced terrain. The Sundeck restaurant at the top of the gondola will open for the season on opening day.

Ticketing and Seasonal Pricing

Tickets can be purchased at the Aspen Gondola Plaza, the Snowmass Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall and a temporary ticket plaza located at the base of the Village Express lift on Snowmass.

Special seasonal daily rates will apply Thursday, Nov. 24 — Sunday, Nov. 27, 2005.

Adults (17-64 years) – $59/day

Youth (13-17 years) and Seniors (65-69 years) – $49/day

Kids (7-12 years) – $39/day

Weekend Events

After a day on the hill check out the weekend’s two signature events — NEPSA Awards and The Thanksjibbing Jam/FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert. The NEPSA Awards will be held at the Wheeler Opera House in downtown Aspen on Friday, Nov. 25. Talented athletes have been invited to create and screen multimedia presentations using music, video, photography and other mediums to interpret this year’s lifestyle theme: TECHNOLOGY.

The Thanksjibbing Jam returns to Aspen Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 6pm as members of Team Aspen/Snowmass do what they do best on cutting edge rails, boxes and jib features. The entire event will be held in conjunction with the first FREE Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert, featuring The Trews.

An official lift dedication ceremony will take place on Snowmass on Saturday, Dec. 17 and will be open to the public. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 10.