Skiing extension

Aspen Skiing Co. announced two additional days of skiing and riding Monday as part of summer operations over the popular Food & Wine Classic this weekend, Jun. 15-16.

 Aspen Skiing Co. announced two additional days of skiing and riding Monday as part of summer operations over the Food & Wine Classic this weekend, June 15 – 16.

These additional days make this season one of the longest skiing and riding seasons in Aspen history, according to a press release sent out by SkiCo, with 168 days. The upper mountain has been open for skiing each weekend since Memorial Day weekend, May 25 – 27.

According to the release, skiers and riders will enjoy around 100 acres on a 30-inch base depth. That’s down from a base of over 50 inches a few weeks ago, but still enough for good skiing.

“We love that we can celebrate this historic season of snowfall with both skiing and summer activities in Aspen,” Katie Ertl, senior vice president of mountain operations, said in the release. “This is the perfect time of year to get outside, and get in two or even three sports in a day, with skiing, biking, hiking, golfing and more.”

The Silver Queen Gondola will be open for sightseeing and the Sundeck, located at the top of Aspen Mountain, will offer food and beverage options as well as a DJ on the deck Saturday.  The first Bluegrass Sunday of the summer season will kick off June 16.

According to the release, the gondola will operate from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. for sightseeing and summer operations and the Ajax Express chairlift will run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., as long as conditions permit, for skiing and riding on Aspen Mountain’s upper blue runs as well as black runs such as Summit and Blondie’s. Everyone will be required to download on the gondola.

For those skiing and riding, lift tickets are $54 a day. Sightseers pay $27 for a 1-ride ticket, or $32 for a weekend ticket providing unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday. Children under three are free. Aspen Snowmass Premier passes as well as six-and-under passes provide free access for both skiing/riding and sightseeing. School and AVSC passholders are also eligible for free access for both skiing/riding and sightseeing but must call or visit a ticket office to validate their pass prior to accessing the gondola. Discounted pricing for Flex, Double Flex, Classic, Club Escape, Ikon and Mountain Collective passholders is $27 for skiing/riding, $13 for a one-ride sightseeing ticket and $16 for a weekend sightseeing ticket.

Four Mountain Sports in Aspen will be open for rental and retail. All ski and snowboard rentals are half-price and ski and bike packages are available at a discounted rate. Ski and snowboard equipment can be picked up after 2 p.m. on Friday for weekend rentals.