This ski season’s early opening on Ajax Mountain was one of the best we have ever seen and a great reason to be thankful! After our unseasonably warm fall weather, a cold front brought loads of snow to us here in Aspen that meant the mountain opened five days early on November 22, 2014. The mountain opened with an approximate 15-inch base on top and slightly more mid-mountain. Ajax Express (commonly known as Chair 3) and the Silver Queen Gondola were running full speed. And yes, the mountain was open top to bottom, thanks to the Aspen/Snowmass snow making crew and Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol.
As Thanksgiving crept closer, Ajax was skiing better and better. On the eve of Turkey day, Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol dropped the ropes on most of the mountain, giving those who skied early before their Thanksgiving feast first tracks. Just a few of the many runs that opened that day included:
- Face of Bell
- Back of Bell
- Gent’s Ridge chair lift
- Upper Gretel’s
So, what demo skis were most popular at Hamilton Sports for this Thanksgiving weekend in Aspen? The Kastle LX 82. This all mountain ski is truly the perfect Aspen Mountain Ski. It is known for it’s dampness and stability on groomed runs while still allowing for a great time in the bumps. Bonus, it is a unisex ski and comes in multiple sizes ranging from 156cm up to 180cm.
For those venturing into the newly opened terrain, the Kastle FX 94 provides a wider waist, plus early rise in the tip that allows for surfy flotation in the new powder snow. Not only does this ski perform great in soft snow, the vertical sidewall allows for superb edge grip while carving on groomed runs.
Speaking of carving- up to come, a rundown of the women’s Audi FIS Ski World cup that took place on the 1A side of Ajax November 28-30. Plus, our picks for carving skis to make you rip like Julia and Mikaela…. or at least try.