Aspen Skiing Company announces ski pass prices, brings back two-day-a-week pass

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenAugust 16, 2010
Prices for the Premier Pass — which allows unlimited skiing and riding at Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass Ski Resort and Aspen Highlands — this coming ski season will stay the same as last year: $1,099 for those who are members of any Roaring Fork Valley chamber of commerce and $1,499 for those who are not. The passes must be purchased by Sept. 24 or the prices will go up.
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Prices for The Flex Pass, which allows skiers and riders chairlift access to the Aspen Skiing Company's four resorts once a week for the 22-week duration of the season, also did not change: $699 for members of any Roaring Fork Valley chamber of commerce and $819 for non-members if purchased by Sept. 24. The Flex Pass also enables its holders to add as many extra days on the mountain they want for $49. The start of the week for the pass is Monday and it ends Sunday. Unused days cannot be carried over.

Also back by popular demand is a new version of the old two-days-a-week pass now called the Double Flex Pass. It sells for $949 for chamber members and $1,199 before Sept. 24 for those who are not members of any valley chamber and the pass allows lift access to any of Aspen Skiing Company's four mountains two days a week, with the option of adding additional days for $49, just like the Flex Pass.

When the previous version of the two-days-a-week pass disappeared last season there was outrage from many locals who found that pass to be the most practical for their work schedules and their budgets.

“We are happy we were able to hold the price flat on our most popular passes,” David Perry, senior vice president of the Aspen Skiing Company, said in a press release that pointed out that if used fully, the Double Flex Pass is less than $22 a day for chamber members and less than $28 a day for those who are not members of one of the valley's chambers. “Last season we heard from many locals that re-introducing a version of the beloved 2-Day pass would best fit their schedules, so the new Double Flex will hopefully fill that gap.”

There was also outrage from some locals about the disappearance of the Aspen Highlands pass and changes made to the Classic Pass, but the Aspen Skiing Company won't be reinstating the Highlander Pass or bringing back a seven-day Classic Pass. Instead, the company is bringing back the five-day Classic Pass for $259 — a total price increase of $10 over last year's Classic Pass. It works out to a little less than $52 a day, plus discounts for holders who want to add extra days and access to the lifts in the summer. The Aspen Skiing Company does not allow the Classic Pass to be combined with any other pass. Classic Passes will only be available at select sites beginning Oct. 9. Visit www.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass, call the Classic Pass Hotline 800-525-6200 x4475 or ask at any ticket office for sale dates and locations. All new Classic Passes must be purchased in person. Owners of last year's Classic Pass can renew it online or by phone from Aug. 23 – Nov. 12.

Another option is the Escape Pass, which is $319 when purchased by Dec. 17. It allows pay-as-you-go access to Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass Ski Resort and Buttermilk Mountain for $49 a day.

Additionally, this season the Premier Pass will provide its owners four voucher for 50 percent discounts on a one-day lift ticket for friends and family, good any time during the season. The same deal will be applied to equipment rentals, though it is not valid over the holiday season: Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, or from February 18 through Feb. 28. Discounts for Premier Pass holders for ski lessons are valid all season: $99 for Locals Clinic Pass and $65 for adult group lessons with Aspen's ski instructors. Premier Pass holders will also receive 15 percent off food and beverages at on-mountain restaurants, a free order of truffle fries at Ajax Tavern, a free desert with entree at Sam's Smokehouse, two-for-one pints at Sneaky's Tavern and 10 percent off a snowcat ride and dinner at Lynn Britt Cabin in March.

Passes go on sale Aug. 23. It pays to buy your passes early. Prices go up when purchased between Sept. 24 and Nov. 12 and then they go up again if they are purchased after Nov. 12. To see exactly how the rates change, check out this grid at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/onmountain/passes.cfm.

You can also purchase pass insurance. For 6 percent of the cost of whatever pass you buy, the Aspen Skiing Co. will give you a prorated refund in the event of serious injury, job loss, illness, and other special circumstances. For more information on insurance, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/passinsurance.

Elsewhere in Colorado, unlimited skiing at Vail currently sells for $599, Telluride is offering an unlimited pass for $1,298, and Crested Butte charges $949 for unlimited skiing plus another $50 for summer privileges. Plus there are various combination passes for Copper Mountain, Winter Park, Steamboat Springs, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin that range between $409 and $999 depending on when they are purchased and what combination of those resorts you choose. Down the road at Sunlight Mountain, an adult season pass fetches $370. Or browse the deals through Colorado Ski Country USA's Gems Card in this recent Real Aspen report.


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