Five whole days. Snowmass is getting a jump on things and opening the mountain five days earlier than regularly scheduled. The mountain opens at 9 a.m. this Saturday morning, Nov. 19.

“People are fired up to get on the hill and the phones have been ringing off the hook,” VP of Mountain Operations Rich Burkley said.

“It’s a good start to the season,” confirmed Melissa Rhines with Aspen Skiing Company. “Cold conditions, great snow levels and we always want to give back to the community when we can and we thought it was a great vibe thing to do, and it will get everyone stoked for the season. The excitement level is amazingly high and positive.”

The Village Express and Big Burn lifts will both be fired up, accessing more than 3,200 vertical feet, seven trails, and 160 acres of terrain which includes the Big Burn. The Sky Cab Gondola, Ski School Magic Carpet and Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center will be available. Jibbers will find two terrain parks, one on Water Plant Flats and a jump on the Dawdler steeps.

Take a lesson because ski and snowboard lessons will be discounted. Parking is also free in Snowmass until Thanksgiving Day. Aspen/Snowmass season passes are valid for the early opening. Aspen Mountain opens Thursday, Nov. 24, with the local scholarship day for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club on the day before. Then catch World Cup action for the women Nov. 26-27. They’re on the mountain training now.

Snowmass Dog in Deep Snow Photo Courtesy Aspen Skiing Company and Matt Ross.

A dog plays in the powder on the slopes of Snowmass. Photo Courtesy of Matt Ross and the Aspen Skiing Company.

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