With its disappearing escarpments ascending over town, the once-coveted veins of silver ore honeycombed underneath, and a northern exposure ideal for skiing conditions, Aspen Mountain is undeniably the hood ornament of town. Many visitors view the mountain as a bucket-list ski challenge, while others return for a repeat as if with a lover. Locals, meanwhile, pinch themselves not to take skiing there for granted. What they all have in common is an expectation that the slopes will deliver one of the greatest skiing experiences in the business at 9 a.m. sharp each day.To meet this demand, from mid-afternoon until the lifts reopen to the public the next morning, as many as 60 dedicated employees, working across various shifts, prep the  mountain for skiing and riding. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what that entails.

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