Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk Open This Weekend For Most Ski Terrain in the Country

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A skier enjoys fresh powder during a winter storm in early December.

The Power of Four this weekend translates to the most skiable terrain the country, with 4,600 acres open on Aspen/Snowmass’ four mountains. More than 100 inches of snow has fallen since October, allowing for early openings at Aspen and Snowmass. This weekend, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk mountains also open with 90 percent of their terrain accessible.

“An opening like this comes along once in a generation. Get out and enjoy it so you have something to tell your grandkids about,” said Rich Burkley, vice president mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company. “There really is no better place anywhere to be skiing and riding this weekend.”

Aspen Highlands will open with more than 90 percent of its terrain including almost all of Highland Bowl, all runs on the lower mountain, all the runs mid- and upper-mountain, all the runs in Steeplechase. Both the Merry Go Round and the Cloud 9 Bistro will open for the season. Buttermilk will open with 454 of their 470 total acres. The mountain will be open wall-to-wall with just a few runs closed for the superpipe and Terrain Park build. There will be terrain park features on Red’s, Teaser and Uncle Chuck’s. Bumps and Cliffhouse will open with full services including the Mongolian Grill and Bumps’ famous pasta station.