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Aspen Mountain Ski Season Opens Early for 2018

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This year is looking to be a banner ski season with some local areas at almost 200% of normal year to date snowpack. Our mountains of Aspen Snowmass have received up to 10 inches of snow in the last 24 hours and are up to a 25” base, making for exceptional early season conditions. For Aspen this combined with snowmaking on the lower mountains means the ski resort will be opening a full week early. For those of you who have a season pass that means an extra week of skiing, and for visitors that means an extra week to get the mountain in prime conditions before you show up for the upcoming holiday.

With two more storm systems in the forecast between now and opening day this could be one of the best opening days ever! To celebrate the Aspen Skiing Company is offering reduced lift ticket prices of $99 for a full day of skiing.

aspen mountain opening dayThis is great news for the Audi FIS Aspen Winternational women’s ski race, assuring they will have great conditions for racing. The events this year start with the Giant Slalom on Friday November 27th, and Slalom events on Saturday and Sunday. The world’s fastest women skiers including US Olympic and World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin will once again take on Aspen Mountain’s challenging slopes in the only stop of the women’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour in the United States. On top of getting to watch the world’s best skiers in action, stop into the Limelight Hotel on Friday at 5:30 to get autographs from U.S Ski Team members.

The Thanksgiving holiday is always a great time to time to visit Aspen, the slopes are empty, the town is still a little quite from off season and there are early season deals on lodging and lift tickets. There are also some really festive events from the lighting of the town Christmas tree to the Thankjibbing rail jam at Snowmass.

If you are going to get the chance to come up early be sure to stop into the shop and get set up with the latest designer ski wear from Toni Sailer. We also have an expanded collection of ski sweaters this year so you can get in the holiday mood with the perfect thing to wear to your Turkey dinner. And feel free to travel light, we have the best sticks available for your Aspen ski rental making travel easy and your holiday a breeze!

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