Aspen announces 2011-2012 ski pass prices, options

By Real Aspen
Real AspenAugust 11, 2011
The Aspen Skiing Company is raising the price of its premier super early chamber pass by $40 this upcoming season, to $1,139, and bringing back the popular four-day and seven-day Classic Pass.

The Premier Pass, which allows unlimited skiing/riding on all four mountains with no blackout dates, will cost $1,549 in the super early season for non-chamber members — a $50 increase over the cost of the same pass last year.

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The prices of the Double Flex Pass and Flex Pass are also going up $40 to $50. The Double Flex and Flex passes will run $1,249 and $849, respectively, in the super early season (or $989 for the Double Flex Chamber and $729 for the Flex Chamber). The Double Flex offers two days of skiing/riding each week of the winter season (22 weeks) and the Flex Pass offers one day each week on all four mountains plus the flexibility to add days any time for $52 per day. Weeks begin on Monday and end on Sunday and unused days may not be carried over.

The Escape Pass is $319 and offers pay-as-you-go access with direct-to-lift options to all four Aspen/Snowmass mountains for $52 per day and discounts on summer lift access. New this year, the Escape Pass must be purchased at least seven days in advance of first use.

Passes go on sale Monday.

The super early season ends Sept. 16. After that, the cost of chairlift and gondola admission rises.

The early season ends Nov. 11. Passes are most expensive after Nov. 11.

As always, children six and under ski for free.

Last month, Real Aspen reported that this summer saw more than $26 million in capital improvements at Aspen's ski resorts, including the new $7 million Tiehack Express chair on Buttermilk, cutting the ride time from 18 to 7 minutes; a complete $6 million remodel of the Merry-Go-Round on Aspen Highlands; and the first phase of construction on the new $15 million Elk Camp Restaurant at Snowmass Ski Area that is expected to open for the 2012-2013 ski season.

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 24 for the 2011/2012 season. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are set to open Dec. 10. Buttermilk is due to close April 8, Aspen Mountain and Snowmass on April 15 and Aspen Highlands on April 22. World Cup women's races will be held in November and WInter X Games in January.

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