Aspen announces it will reopen for Memorial Day after spring storms

Following an amazing ski season and some late-spring storms that recently dumped fresh powder on its slopes, Aspen Skiing Company announced that it will reopen Aspen Mountain for skiing this Memorial Day weekend, according to the Aspen Times.

Per the Aspen Times, about 130 acres of terrain on Aspen Mountain will be open for skiing and snowboarding from Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. The resort will spin its Ajax Express lift from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for riding while the Silver Queen Gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sightseeing.

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Celebrate the unofficial start to summer with some t-shirt laps on Aspen Mountain. Photo: Courtesy of Jeremy Swanson/Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Mountain attempts to open for Memorial Day skiing and riding every year — this will be the sixth time since 2008 the mountain has been open — and the snow storms that dropped 18 inches of snow on Aspen over the past week made it easy for mountain operators to green light the holiday weekend.

“With this snow it was a slam dunk. Easy decision,” Rich Burkley, Aspen Skiing Company’s vice president of mountain operations, told the Aspen Times.

Aspen is the latest mountain to announce extended operations following a year of historical snowfall in the United States.

Earlier this month Mount Bachelor in Oregon announced it will reopen for July 4. In California, Squaw Valley announced it will stay open past July 4 for the first time in its history, just weeks after its CEO announced the resort was considering staying open for skiing all summer long.

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