Mountain Update Dec. 18, 2014

Dear all:

The understated Murray Cunningham (Powder Tours) describes this next storm cycle as “promising”.  On Saturday (20th) we’ll open another large swath of terrain as we push to 100% open.

Aspen Mountain already approaches 90% open and patrol is working on last pockets of the Glades and Jackpot.  At Highlands Child’s Play and Moment Chutes turn green. The Tiehack Chair enters service for the season providing access to lower portions of Racer’s Edge, Javeline, Tiehack Trail and Sterner’s Gulch.  Another free parking lot opens at the base of Tiehack.

In Snowmass Jamie Trubey (SM Lifts) and the crew start spinning Two Creeks, Campground and Coney Glade Chairs.  Craig Chalmers (SM Patrol) and the patrol will open Burnt Mountain Glades, Long Shot, East Branch, Creekside and Cascade.  Over on the west side Slot, Campground and Bearclaw enter the mix.  Amy Fischer (Two Creeks Café) will keep you fed as you lap Burnt Mountain (try the Cubano) and the Two Creeks parking lots give our guests another option to access the hill.

Friday night (19th) Snowmass hosts the first Ullr Night of the season and the debut of the new tubing venue.

The season started strong, then took a two week holiday and now is back on track.  However, the warm spell cost us time with our snowmaking efforts and that has impacted our parks and pipes.  Sadly, we won’t have a pipe in our resort for the Holidays.  Snowmaking crews on Buttermilk and Snowmass are pushing hard, but these are big builds and we hope to have a pipe cut the first week of January.