Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Open 12/9

Aspen/Snowmass, CO--December 7, 2006 -- Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will open for the season on Saturday, December 9.  Highlands will open with more than 750 acres including the G Zones and other runs in Highland Bowl, Temerity, Oly Bowl and much of Steeplechase.  Buttermilk will open all lifts and 60 percent of its terrain as well as a mini terrain park.

Aspen Highlands will open with more than 75 percent of its terrain accessible. Exhibition, Cloud Nine, Loge Peak and Deep Temerity lifts will be in operation. The Merry Go Round and Cloud Nine restaurants will be open and après will take place at the new ZG Grill (the old Iguanas). Everyone is encouraged to take the free busses as parking is limited. Daily parking rates are $10, and a 10-punch pass is available for $70. Parking is free for carpools with four or more people (last year this was for three or more passengers).

The free Highlands/Buttermilk shuttle will be running throughout the day. The first shuttle leaves Buttermilk for Aspen Highlands at 7:00 a.m. and runs every 15 minutes from 7:00 to 11:15 a.m. and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.  From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the shuttles run every half hour. Check with the Aspen Highlands’ Guest Services desk for details.

Buttermilk will open all lifts, 23 runs and 60 percent of the terrain. Both Bumps and the Cliffhouse restaurants will be open. The S3 mini park will open on Red’s and Powder Pandas will be open for children’s lessons. Parking is free at Buttermilk and RFTA operates free busses throughout the day.

The Hanging Valley Wall at Snowmass will open for the season on Friday, Dec. 8, adding more than 600 acres to the total open acreage at Snowmass.

The west side of Aspen Mountain will open on Saturday with the FIS and Ruthie’s chairs bumping open acreage there to 566 acres. Ruthie’s Run, Roch Run, Gene Reardon’s, Aztec, Spring Pitch, Straw Pile, Slalom Hill and others will all open. Look for temporary opening in The Dumps. The Shadow Mountain lift will not open to the public and Summer Road will lead skiers back to Little Nell and the Gondola. On Saturday, Dec. 9 W. L. Gore & Associates will be in the gondola plaza with One Warm Coat® to help support local communities by hosting coat drives throughout North America. The “Know What’s Inside campaign asks consumers to look at what’s inside their closets and bring gently used outerwear to tour stops. Gore and One Warm Coat encourage consumers to share what’s inside their hearts and make a donation when the tour stops in their city.

Lifts will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are good for all four mountains and daily rates are $82 adult, $74 youth (13-17) and senior (65-69), and $52 child (7-12) starting Saturday, Nov. 9. Children six and under ski for free.