Aspen Snowmass fans are getting very excited with the season just weeks away and the Aspen Mountain Hero’s terrain expansion set to be the new pow central at the resort’s home base.
What will you get in Hero’s at Aspen? How does 150 acres of high altitude, north facing mostly double black diamond glades sound?
“Bring it on!” do we hear you say?
No question, this is the most exciting terrain edition for a long time here – this is what they say, and we conclude:
With 337 metres (1,220 vertical feet) and more than 60 hectares (150) acres of new chutes, glades and trails, this expansion will be Aspen Mountain’s first significant addition since the opening of the Silver Queen Gondola in 1985. The new terrain and lift will be called Hero’s, to honour all those who have made an impact on Aspen Mountain and helped bring this project to life– most impactfully Jim Crown, whose vision and leadership helped bring this ambitious expansion to reality.
Not only does the addition diversify Aspen Mountain’s terrain mix and offer more skiing on the upper portion of the mountain, but also acts as a functional hedge against future climate-challenged ski seasons: with its north-facing, high elevation terrain all above 3000 metres (10,000 ft.)
This area is ideal for holding snow in seasons when natural snowfall is less plentiful. The terrain and lift will open this winter when conditions allow.
Sadly, that last bit will likely prove more and more true. From the Aussie perspective, we can only wish we had high elevation terrain – and unless there is a radical shift in attitudes the chances of lift access to the higher terrain we do have will remain a distant memory from when we had some tows west of the Snowy River.
But we can go to Aspen! Grab a great deal from Australia’s Aspen specialists Travelplan – who have been taking us there for over 50 years!
Opening day at Aspen is scheduled for November 23rd.