Aspen Highlands Now Open till April 8

Aspen/Snowmass, CO, March 26, 2007 -- Aspen Highlands’ season has been extended for one week -- the mountain will close on April 8 instead of the scheduled April 1 closure. Strong bookings for the first week of April and a base of more than six feet in Highland Bowl prompted Aspen Skiing Company officials to extend the season.

“Highland Bowl has the best skiing in the state, if not the country, right now, said Rich Burkley, vice president, mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company. “Combine that with strong occupancy forecasts and no immediate need for lift or trail work on the mountain this spring, and it seems everything is lined up for this extension. It may not be the power of four, but the power of three isn’t bad either.

All related mountain facilities services will continue to operate including Four Mountain Sports, the Ski & Snowboard School, Cloud Nine and the Merry-Go-Round restaurants, and Mountain Photo. RFTA bus service will be extended and Highlands base area restaurants and businesses will also be open. In addition, parking at Aspen Highlands is free Monday through Friday, April 2-6.

“The crew here at Highlands is excited for the extra week, said Ron Chauner, mountain manager. “Everyone will pitch in and make this a great experience for visitors and locals.

Reached on the Loge Peak chair today, David Perry, senior vice president, mountain division, Aspen Skiing Company said, “The rumors of the death of winter have been greatly exaggerated. There are six inches of new snow on the ground today, six feet in the bowl and more snow on the way this week. Don’t break out the bikes and golf clubs just yet.

Buttermilk will close as scheduled on April 1, with a Family Fun Day starting at 10 a.m. There will be an on Mountain Duck Hunt (Scavenger Hunt). Find the rubber duckies hidden all over the mountain and take them to the Buttermilk ticket office to redeem for prizes. There will also be face painting in the base area, a Kids Rail Slide competition at the top of Panda Peak starting at 1:30, tubing, and free hot dogs and chips starting at noon. For more information call 920-0782.

Snowmass and Aspen Mountain will close on April 15 as scheduled. (Really)