There were turns to be had Saturday on Aspen Mountain, and that alone was enough for Denver’s Brian Dorfman to call the day “epic.”
Like most, Dorfman hasn’t spent a whole lot of time on skis or a snowboard the past month with the season having ended mid-April over the majority of Colorado. But with winter continuing into May at higher elevations and the snowpack holding strong, Aspen Skiing Co. was able to reopen part of Aspen Mountain for Memorial Day Weekend.
This is the sixth year since 2008 that Skico has offered Memorial Day skiing on Ajax.
“It’s a late start to summer, but that’s what we do. It’s fun. We are a ski company,” ski patroller Art Nerbonne said. “We have it available and if the bosses want to do it, we have a good time.”
The upper portion of Aspen Mountain reopened Saturday, and will continue to be available for riding today and Monday. The Ajax Express lift spins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, with the Silver Queen Gondola running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for sightseeing.
The Sundeck restaurant is open for food and beverage options.
As for the skiing? Well, there was little to complain about, with roughly 130 acres open for play.
“The snow was a little sticky after they groomed it out last night and it really helped out,” Nerbonne said. “It’s going to be nicer (Sunday) so we’ll have a bigger crowd up here, I’m sure. But the skiing was pretty good. The sun stayed behind the clouds, which helped keep the snow from getting too sticky today.”
Nerbonne, who has been a ski patroller for 31 years, said the conditions were very good for this time of year on Aspen Mountain. He came up Friday with a small crew of ski patrollers to help set up, saying it didn’t take a huge amount of effort to get everything ready.
With rain in town, the top of Aspen Mountain had a mid-winter feeling at times Saturday, including an inkling of fresh powder between episodes of sleet. Spring is expected to return today and Monday, with highs in the low- to mid-60s…