Sunset skiing starts at Aspen/Snowmass

ASPEN — The Aspen Skiing Co. has picked St. Patrick’s Day to launch a new “sunset skiing” program to keep one chairlift open at a ski area for extended hours on one day each week through the remainder of ski season.

The Summit Express chair at Buttermilk will remain open until 6 p.m. Thursday. That allows the terrain park to remain open that late as well, the Skico said on its website. The Cliffhouse restaurant will host a St. Patty’s party until 6 p.m., then the action moves down to Bumps restaurant at the base.

Aspen Mountain will benefit from extended hours on Saturday, March 26 and Friday, April 1. The Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express will remain open for skiing and riding until 6 p.m. on those days.

Snowmass will enjoy extended hours on Friday, April 1. The Village Express, Coney Glade and Big Burn chairlifts will be open until 6:30 p.m. as will the terrain park. The Cirque platter pull will be open until 6 p.m. if conditions permit.

Aspen Highlands will have extended hours on Saturday, April 16. Skiing will be allowed in Highland Bowl until 5 p.m., conditions permitting, and the Exhibition and Loge Peak lifts will operate until 6:30 p.m. The Merry-Go-Round restaurant will host a party until 6:30 p.m.

Season passes as well as full-day and half-day lift tickets are valid for the sunset skiing. “Late arrival” lift tickets will be sold for $44 starting at 2:30 p.m. on sunset skiing days.

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