Heavy spring snowfall and the deepest base-depths of the season will extend the season at Aspen Snowmass into May. Aspen Highlands will reopen for the weekends of April 23-24 and April 30-May 1 with 100% of the mountain’s terrain, including Highland Bowl accessed by Exhibition, Loge Peak and Deep Temerity lifts. Hours of operation will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Snowfall in the last half of March has been well above average with close to two feet of new snow received in the past seven days. The resorts have some of the deepest base depths of the year with more than seven and half feet on the ground in Highland Bowl and the forecast for April is calling for more snowfall as the El Niño pattern typically sends plentiful moisture across the central Rockies.
“The late season should bring true spring skiing and good winter snow in parts of the Bowl, especially in the G zones which receive Northern sun exposure keeping the snow nice and soft,” says Kevin Hagerty, Aspen Highlands Mountain Manager. "March brought good snowfall so what better way to celebrate the onset of El Niño than two bonus weekends at Highlands. We opened strong and plan to remain that way to May.”
Merry-Go-Round restaurant, located mid-mountain on Aspen Highlands, will be open with food and beverage options and parking at the base of the mountain will be free for the extended weekends.
All Aspen Snowmass season passes are valid as they are during the regular season. Lift tickets are $69 a day for adults and $45 for children, teens and seniors. Pass extension days for Flex, Adult Classic and Adult Mountain Collective passholders will be $32 and $23 for Child, Youth, College Classic passholders as well as Child, Teen, Senior Mountain Collective passholders. Passholders from other resorts can present their pass for a $39 rate.
Daily operations at Aspen Highlands will still end April 10 with the eighth annual Schneetag (pronounced Sch-knee Tog), which invites teams of four to create a craft they will pilot down a slope and attempt to float across a 75 by 20 foot pond. Each team will present a theme and perform a skit before they descend. Entry is free, but pre-registration is required. Visit https://www.aspensnowmass.com/while-you-are-here/events/schneetag to register now.
Available April-June, the Limelight Hotel will once again offer Colorado locals a special lodging rate starting at only $145/night for Standard and Deluxe room types (based on availability), which includes the popular Limelight breakfast spread, free local shuttles, complimentary use of fat bikes, Wi-Fi and more. All other room types are 20 percent off. A valid Colorado ID is required upon check-in. To book now visit www.limelighthotel.com/aspen/offers/co-locals-rate.
Buttermilk closes April 3, Snowmass closes April 10 and daily operations at Aspen Highlands end April 10. Aspen Mountain closes April 17.