Aspen Mountain and Snowmass opening this weekend, 5 days early!

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The Aspen season is about to begin five days early as both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass announce an early opening. Both will be open for daily operations from this Saturday, November 23.

Expect a combined 135 acres of skiable terrain open for skiing and riding as the season officially gets under way.

Aspen Mountain will operate Little Nell and Bell Mountain chairlifts giving access to 75 acres of terrain with over 2 600 vertical feet. Available runs will include Deer Park, Tortilla Flats, Spar Gulch and The Little Nell.  The Silver Queen Gondola will also be open for sightseeing and the Sundeck will be available for food and beverages.

Snowmass will have a total of 60 acres of terrain with skiing and riding from the Village Express midway unload point along Upper Scooper to Lower Hal’s Hollow to the bottom of Fanny Hill as well as at Elk Camp Meadows accessed by the Elk Camp Gondola. The Breathtaker Alpine Coaster will be up-and-running and the Elk Camp Restaurant will be open.

“With a series of incredible early season storms and cold temperatures, our mountain operations teams have been hard at work and we could not be more excited to open early on Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for the second year in a row,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president, mountain operations.

Four Mountain Sports will be open and the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass will offer both group and private lessons for all ages at Snowmass, including children’s lessons out of the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, and private lessons at Aspen Mountain.

For opening weekend through Wednesday, November 27, lift tickets are $109 per day for adults and $69 for children, teens and seniors. Half-day tickets for adults are $79 and $52 for children, teens and seniors.

Sightseeing tickets for both the Silver Queen Gondola and the Elk Camp Gondola are $37 for adults and $26 for children. The sightseeing tickets include a $10 lunch credit at either the Sundeck restaurant on Aspen Mountain or the Elk Camp restaurant on Snowmass.

All pass products are good for the early opening. Ticket offices are currently open at the base of Aspen Mountain and at the Snowmass Base Village Gondola seven-days a week. The Snowmass Ticket Pavilion on the Snowmass Mall and the Two Creeks Ticket Office will open for the season this Saturday.

Aspen Mountain lifts will run from 9am to 330pm On Snowmass, the Village Express lift will operate from 830am to 330pm with the Elk Camp Gondola running from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open Saturday, December 7.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.