Pack up your mountain bikes, road bikes, hiking boots, skis and snowboards if your heading to Aspen this weekend, because when the Silver Queen Gondola spins, skiing and snowboarding will be yet another spring outdoor recreational option. 


Aspen Mountain will re-open for Memorial Day Weekend skiing with 16 trails and nearly 90 acres of mostly intermediate terrain, served by the Ajax Express chairlift.


“We’ve received nearly four feet of snow since Aspen Mountain closed,” Aspen Skiing Co. vice president of mountain operations Rich Burkley said in a press release. “In fact, it’s snowing at the top of Aspen Mountain right now. If it won’t quit snowing, we shouldn’t quit skiing.”


Uploading and downloading on the Silver Queen Gondola to the 11,212-foot summit will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gondola will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. with last ride down at 4:30 p.m. 


The Ajax Express chairlift will spin from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open runs will include Silver Bell, Pussyfoot, Silver Dip, Blondie’s, Dipsy Doodle, Dipsy Headwall, Summit, Buckhorn, Pumphouse, Tourtelotte Park and North American. The Sundeck restaurant and Ajax Tavern will be open for dining and beverages.


Arapahoe Basin is currently the only ski resort in Colorado still operating. It is slated to close June 2.


Photo: Aspen/Snowmass