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The Power of Four Opening Days 2018

Our favorite time of the year here in the City of Aspen is the opening day of ski and snowboard season! Less than 4 weeks away, Opening Day is always quite the event here in Aspen. And when you have the Power of Four, you don’t just get one opening day, but you get to experience this rush twice with 2 sets of opening days at 4 different mountains! This year Aspen Mountain and Snowmass Ski Area will open on November 22, 2018 - Thanksgiving Day. On December 8, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk follow suit.

Upcoming Events

Aspen’s early season events are a wonderful way to spend the holidays. Tear it up on Opening Day at Aspen Mountain, then settle in and celebrate Thanksgiving by sharing a delicious meal with family and friends at one of Aspen’s many renowned restaurants. Keep the good times rolling with amazing early season events like Thanksjibbing, Summit for Life, The Aspen Snowmass SkiMo Series, and the 2018 Audi Ajax Cup! Or enjoy additional off-mountain festivities, including the always popular, 12 Days of Aspen, and the first free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert of the season on December 15th.

What's New at Aspen Snowmass

As we look forward to winter, Aspen Snowmass has been diligently working to create new and exciting infrastructure, expanded programming and finalize multiple improvements across all four mountains. In Snowmass, don’t miss the Grand Opening of Base Village on December 15th. Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area, the new and improved Base Village is a $600 million mountain-resort development and currently the largest under construction in North America! The new Base Village will feature family friendly community spaces, activities including an indoor climbing wall and outdoor ice skating, new restaurants, shopping and more!

At Buttermilk, a new Fort Frog is under construction! The frontier-style fort in the woods is an interactive children’s play structure complete with lookout towers, a jail, a swinging bridge, a snowball launcher, a turbo twister slide and more.

At Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, don’t miss the opportunity to purchase $60 lift tickets in celebration of 60 years of skiing and riding at Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Ski Area. $60 lift tickets will only be available for skiing/riding Thursday, November 22nd through Friday, December 21st and this package must be booked with lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass at least 7 days in advance of arrival.

What’s new and exciting for the kiddos this year? The Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass continue their Kids Mountain Explorers program with expanded dates! The week-long adventure camps offer kids the chance to ride with a professional-caliber coach. All kids age 8-12 will carve up all four Aspen Snowmass mountains, enjoying everything from greens to blues, steeps to bumps, and maybe even a little quality time and training in the terrain park. Kids Mountain Explorers will take place January 14-18 and 21-25, January 28-February 1, and March 11-15, 18-22, and 25-29, 2019.

One of the most exciting new additions to the Aspen Mountain experience is still yet to come with the Expansion of Pandora’s. Aspen Mountain is currently going through the approval process for Pandora’s Expansion which will increase snowmaking capabilities, expand terrain by 153 acres bringing the mountains total acreage to 850, and add a new chairlift to the mountain. This new area will include groomers, gladed tree skiing and a new single black trails.

There is so much to look forward to in this 2018/2019 Aspen Snowmass ski season… We can’t wait to see you on Opening Day!

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