Aspen Skiing Co. serving worker meals because of lack of snow

ASPEN, CO - MARCH 29: Disabled military veterans and instructors snowmobile along a tract of snow on March 29, 2012 at the T-Lazy 7 Ranch near Aspen, Colorado. Volunteers had trucked in snow for the event, due to weak snowfall this spring. More than 350 U.S. military veterans are taking part in the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic held between March 25-30 in Snowmass and Aspen, Colorado. The clinic is co-sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Disabled American Veterans. It teaches winter sports with the aim to motivate veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and neurological problems to heal both mentally and physically. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ASPEN, Colo. — The owner of the Aspen area’s ski resorts is again providing dinner for its employees who haven’t been able to start working because of a lack of snow.

Aspen Skiing Co. has been serving meals three nights a week since Thanksgiving. Company spokesman Jeff Hanle told The Aspen Times that the number of diners has ranged from 100 to 160.

Many are seasonal workers who came to the area just to work at the ski areas.

Buttermilk and Snowmass mountains were both due to open Saturday, but Aspen Highlands’ opening day has been delayed until Dec. 16.

The company’s two other mountains, Aspen and Snowmass, are open with limited terrain.

The tradition of serving unemployed workers started in the early 1990s. Dinners were also provided last year.