The Power of Four is complete

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk opened this past week, completing the Aspen Skiing Company’s “Power of Four.” And conditions could not have been better for an opening weekend, as photos (shown here and all over social media) will attest.

Apparently Aspen/Snowmass has the most terrain open in the country, with 4600 acres for skiing and riding across the four mountains, according to an Aspen Skiing Co. press release.

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Photo by Tom Zuccareno courtesy Aspen/Snowmass

Aspen Highlands‘ opening on Saturday included more than 90 percent of its terrain and almost all of Highland Bowl. All the runs on the lower mountain, mid-mountain, and in Steeplechase were ready to ride as well.

Buttermilk opened wall to wall, with the exception of a few runs closed to prepare the superpipe and terrain park for Winter X Games.

The Shadow Mountain chair (Lift 1A) started cranking on Aspen Mountain on Saturday, accessing nearly everything (yes, even Norway) on the lower part of that mountain.

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Plenty of fresh tracks at Aspen Highlands. Photo by Tom Zuccareno courtesy Aspen/Snowmass

And at Snowmass, the Two Creeks lift fired up this past weekend, in addition to terrain openings on Burnt Mountain and the upper Banzai section of the terrain park — a total of more than 2,500 acres.

Local ski areas are operating on bases ranging from 24 inches (at Buttermilk) to 48 inches (at Highlands), with some of the best conditions in decades thanks to copious early season snowfall.

Check it out for yourself, with the newly installed Roundshot panoramic cameras. Or better yet, in person.

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Panda Peak at Buttermilk was immaculately groomed on Saturday.

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