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Aspen Snowmass Opening Day 2018

It's our favorite time of year! The City of Aspen is buzzing with excitement for the 2018/2019 ski and snowboard season, beginning in less than 4 weeks. Opening Day is quite an event here in Aspen, and we are lucky to get this rush twice with 2 sets of opening days at 4 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 events are a wonderful way to spend the holidays. Tear it up on Opening Day at Aspen Mountain, then settle in and celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Continue to enjoy good vibes and the excitement of the mountains opening with early season events like Thanksjibbing, Summit for Life, The Aspen Snowmass SkiMo Series, and the 2018 Audi Ajax Cup! Or enjoy the multiple ancillary festivities, including the 12 Days of Aspen, and the first-of-the-season free Bud Light Hi-Fi concert in Aspen on December 15.

What's New at Aspen Snowmass

As winter approaches, Aspen Snowmass has been working to create new infrastructure, expand programming and finalize new improvements across all four mountains. In Snowmass, look for the Grand Opening of Base Village on December 15th. Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area, 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 and activities, restaurants, shopping and more!

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

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase $60 lift tickets in celebration of 60 years of skiing and riding at Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Ski Area, Thursday, November 22nd through Friday, December 21st! This package must be booked with lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass at least 7 days in advance of arrival.

What’s new for the kids 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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