Aspen has announced they’ll run their ski lifts this Saturday and Sunday for the fourth weekend in a row.

Although it has re-opened slopes for the US Memorial Day holiday in late May before, the re-opening of the Colorado ski area’s slopes through weekends in June is unprecedented.

It looks like this weekend will be the final one for summer 2019 however, with the terrain available down from 130 acres over the previous weekends to probably 100 acres this, and the remaining snow cover also diminishing. 

Image credit J Swanson / Aspen Ski Co

The available ski area is accessed via the Silver Queen Gondola and the Ajax Express chairlift which will run from 9am to 1pm as long as conditions permit.

The mountains upper blue runs as well as black runs such as Summit and Blondie’s will be accessible.

The decision whether to open the following weekend has ben made at the start of each week and depends on staff availability and likely demand from skiers and boarders as well as snow conditions, resort management have explained.

Fellow Colorado ski area Breckenridge ended its long 2018-19 ski season last weekend but a third area, Arapahoe Basin (below), has so far extended its season towards the end of June.

Copper Mountain’s terrain park is also open through to August for those booked into its summer camps at its Woodward facility.

Also still open weekends are Squaw Valley in California and Snowbird in Utah whilst Mammoth Mountain in California and Timberline in Oregon are still open daily.  Both look set to stay open to August.

North of the border Whistler Blackcomb re-opened last weekend for five weeks of glacier skiing.