Storms continue to bless the Colorado Rockies and especially Aspen's four resorts: Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands. "We've been hit with storm after storm. Can't complain about that," said Melissa Rhines with Aspen Skiing Company.
Rhines says the weekends have been fairly busy. "We've seen a surge in visits because the snow has been so good. We have definitely seen a lot of visitors in town, which is great."
Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk just recently opened, while Aspen and Snowmass opened over Thanksgiving. Rhines says the locals were "super psyched" because the snow is so great. "Aspen Highlands is the locals' favorite so Aspenites were eagerly waiting for the mountain to open." Highlands Bowl is also open along with 800 acres.
Buttermilk is a family favorite, and opened with over 95 percent of its terrain and all lifts in operation. Buttermilk is also home to the Winter X-Games, Jan. 27-30. Rhines says operations are underway in the terrain park at Buttermilk. "The 22-foot superpipe should be open before Christmas, which will be the earliest the pipe has ever opened." Snowmass has its 18-foot halfpipe open in the Snowmass Terrain Park, along with some junior rails and hits.
Aspen Mountain has had one of the best starts to the season, according to Rhines. "Aspen is awesome. The great snow creates a positive vibe throughout the town, and it resonates with everything everybody does." She expects it will continue through the busy Christmas and New Year's holiday. "Our guests are going to be super excited to see the amount of snow, the conditions, and the amount of terrain available across all four mountains."
Rhines also heard predictions of a white Christmas. "We'll take it."