Aspen/Snowmass, Colo.- Snow continues to fall at Aspen/Snowmass, with another nine inches (23 cm) falling overnight. Over the past 48 hours a foot (12-inches/30 cm) of snow has blanketed the slopes and covered the streets of Aspen and Snowmass Village.

During the night, the upper runs on Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk received up to nine inches of snow. More snow is expected throughout the day.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open November 28, 2002. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are scheduled to open December 14, 2002.

The Farmers Almanac is calling for heavy snow and colder-than-normal temperatures this winter. "Folks from Maine to Colorado can expect heavy snow and colder than normal temperatures," writes Caleb Weatherbee, the pseudonym used by the almanac's forecaster.

This winter ski season, Aspen/Snowmass guests will find sixteen new double black diamond runs open in Highland Bowl. The new terrain opening in 2002/03 is dotted with trees and is primarily north facing, meaning deep, steep snow conditions all season long. Also, for riders Buttermilk ' s Crazy T ' rain terrain park is bigger with a dedicated run allowing for even more hits and jumps. The Crazy T ' rain terrain park is home to the 2003 ESPN Winter X Games VII, coming to Aspen/Snowmass Jan. 30-Feb 2.

Celebrate US Thanksgiving watching the world's fastest women and the 2002 Olympic medallists compete in the Super G and Slalom World Cup Ski Races on legendary Aspen Mountain in the 2002 Chevy Truck Aspen Winternational (Nov. 28-Dec. 1). It's fun, festive and FREE! The event includes stadium seating, prize giveaways, winter carnival, racer autograph singing, awards ceremony, fireworks extravaganza, and après ski street party with live music. Also enjoy "Dine Around the World" With Aspen's favorite restaurants offering great food and drink specials. World Cup lodging and lift ticket packages are now available starting at $55 per person per night, based on double occupancy. Call Stay Aspen Snowmass at 800/481-3102 or 970/925-9000 to book.

Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen/Snowmass area - Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen. In addition to the two World Cup ski races, Aspen/Snowmass will also host the Audi 24 Hours of Aspen (Dec. 15-16) the ESPN Winter X Games (Jan. 30-Feb 2), 180 Aspen Spring Jam (weekends in April) and the U.S. Snowboard Grand Prix Finals (April 3-6). The Aspen/Snowmass area offers unparalleled nightlife and off-slope activities as well. Aspen/Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains - Aspen Sardy Field (3 miles/4.8 km from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (70 miles/112 km from Aspen). For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800/525-6200 or 970/925-1220