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Snowmass opens Nov. 24, 2005

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On November 24, Snowmass, Colorados second largest ski mountain, will open with new lifts, early season bargains, and holiday spirit all December long. Summers are getting much busier, but winter is still our bread & butter. Were looking forward to welcoming guests and showing off our world class ski resort in just a month, said Susan Hamley, Director of Marketing for the town of Snowmass Village.The ski season kicks off in Snowmass on Thursday, November 24.Snowmass, voted #4 in North America in Ski magazines annual Readers Poll, will debut two new lifts this winter as the first stage of on-mountain improvements that are part of the Snowmass Base Village project.The Village Express, a six-passenger chairlift, will replace the old Fanny Hill chairlift and offer a speedy 9.5-minute ride from the bottom of Fanny Hill to the top of Sams Knob with a mid-way unloading station to access beginner terrain. The lift cuts total riding time in half and eliminates waiting in two additional lift lines to access the same terrain.Also scheduled to open this winter is the Sky Cab, a fast and fun aerial link with six-passenger cabins that will access the beginner terrain of lower Fanny Hill and the children’s learn-to-ski/snowboard programs. Eventually this lift will connect the existing Snowmass Mall to the forthcoming Base Village development, joining the two commercial centers by a two-minute ride. According to Snowmass Mountain Manager Doug Mackenzie, Snowmass does expect to open the Village Express, Big Burn, Coney Glade and Burlingame Lifts, all dependant on weather conditions.Other new features at Snowmass this season include the Zipline, an exciting adventure glide that will launch riders off a jump in a tethered harness to zoom 1,150-feet down the mountain. Riders will catch huge air up to 35 feet above the ground until the automatic tension device delivers them gently to the ground at 10 mph. A new event has been added to the schedule as well. The Junkyard Jam takes place on closing day, April 16 and pits local and regional athletes against a renovated terrain park filled with recyclable materials, challenging obstacles, and unique features.In celebration of Snowmass opening weekend, Comedy at the Cabaret Room at the Silvertree Hotel on November 26 promises big laughs from comedians Lori Callahan and Chris Atencio. Headliner Callahan, a Colorado native, has appeared on Showtimes Comedy Club Network, Comedy Central, and comedy clubs all over Denver and the Southwest. Chris Atencio is a fast-rising, versatile comedian who has appeared on Good Morning America, Comedy Works, and as a member of the Precision Lawn Chair Demonstration Team. Tickets are $10 in advance by calling Reservations at (970) 923-3520 or $15 after November 21.The destination resort of Snowmass Village, Colorado, is accessed by four regional airports (Aspen, Eagle, Grand Junction and Denver) and is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains only 9 miles from historic downtown Aspen, Colorado. Early season lodging rates start at $69/night, based on availability, while great values in luxury hotels and condos can be found as well by calling 1-800-SNOWMASS. Throughout the month of December, holiday activities range from torchlight parades to visits from Santa to a handbell choir concert on Christmas eve. For a complete list of holiday events and activities, please visit http://www.snowmassvillage.com or call 1-800-SNOWMASS. For media information, please contact Allison Johnson at (970) 704-9988 or aj@snowmasspress.com or visit http://www.snowmasspress.com.Vail Colorado


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