Video: Aspen, Snowmass welcome Thanksgiving opening day |

Video: Aspen, Snowmass welcome Thanksgiving opening day

Staff Report
First riders of the season load onto the Silver Queen Gondola on Thursday morning to open the season at Aspen Mountain.

When turkeys and snowmaking collide, you get an opening day on Thanksgiving that features a big helping of top-to-bottom skiing and riding.

Welcome to a sunny start for the 2017-18 season, everyone!

Dropping In for Aspen's Opening Day

Didn't have a chance to get to Aspen Mountain for opening day? No problem, we were on hand for all the action. Check out our coverage and see how early season conditions were on the first episode of The Drop-In!

Posted by The Aspen Times on Thursday, November 23, 2017

The first group in line Thursday morning showed up about 6 a.m. and opened the morning with a bottle of champagne. James Harvey, who learned how to saber a bottle while working at the St. Regis Aspen, was first in line and used his snowboard to saber a bottle of bubbly this morning (see video below).

SLIDESHOW: Checkout photos from opening day

The forecast for opening day Thanksgiving weekend calls for sunny skies and highs each day for the next week in the mid- to upper-50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s what was going on at Aspen Mountain when the lifts started turning at just before 9 a.m.