Aspen Skiing Co. season passes for the upcoming winter go on sale Tuesday.
Prices were announced last spring, months earlier than what has been the typical trend, in order to give shoppers a chance to compare with the Ikon Pass, the details of which were unveiled in February. The Ikon Pass, which costs $899, offers unlimited skiing at a dozen resorts, including Steamboat, Copper and Winter Park in Colorado and Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mountain in California, plus seven free days each at 10 other resorts including Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Alta/Snowbird and Big Sky.
Despite the addition of the Ikon Pass, which is expected to increase access to Aspen for a new crop of destination skiers, the pricing structure for SkiCo season passes most locals purchase remains unchanged. Prices are going up on most products between $40 and $50 for the upcoming season, which is in line with average annual increases seen in recent years. The unlimited Premier Pass will cost $1,899, or $1,389 with the chamber of commerce discount, if purchased before the Sept. 14 super early deadline.
There is one new perk available this year. SkiCo is throwing in transferable coupons pass holders can give their friends and family that will be good for $39 lift tickets through Dec. 14. Premier pass holders will get four, while Double Flex and Flex Pass holders will get two. Premier Pass holders will get the early season coupons in addition to the four half-off coupons that are good throughout the year that have historically been offered.
“We think there is a lot of pent-up demand to get out on the slopes this season and we wanted to offer a great deal to our loyal passholders and customers,” SkiCo spokesperson Tucker Vest Burton wrote in an email when asked why the company decided to offer the early season coupons.
The two-day-a-week Double Flex Pass is set to cost $1,539 or $1,239 with the chamber discount. The one-day-per-week Flex Pass will cost $1,049 or $904 with the chamber discount. Last season, the two-day-per-week pass cost $1,494, or $1,199 with the chamber discount, while the one-day-per-week pass cost $1,019 or $879 with the discount.
One- and two-day per week pass holders can add days for half off the single-day rate.
The Classic Pass, which offers four days or seven days of skiing at discounted rates, can be renewed online or purchased in-person for first time buyers. The seven-day Classic Pass costs $424 and the four-day pass costs $274. Visit www.aspensnowmass.com/classicpass for details.
Operating and closing dates for the 2018-19 winter ski season are as follows:
Snowmass: Nov. 22, 2018 - April 21, 2019
Aspen Mountain: Nov. 22, 2018 - April 21, 2019
Aspen Highlands: Dec. 8, 2018 - April 14, 2019
Buttermilk: Dec. 8, 2018 - April 7, 2019
In addition to the discounted lift ticket coupons for friends and family, Premeir Pass holders get the following benefits:
Half off single day lift tickets at Mountain Collective resorts.
Two transferable vouchers, each valid for 50 percent off a 1-day adult group lesson or 20 percent off one private lesson or guided experience.
$77 off Locals Clinic Pass.
Four transferable vouchers, each valid for 50 percent off a 1-day ski or snowboard rental at D&E Sports locations.
- 30 percent off ski and snowboard rentals at D&E.
- 20 percent off ski and snowboard tunes at D&E
- 20 percent off Aspen/Snowmass logo merchandise.
- Up to 25 percent off food at on-mountain restaurants (restrictions apply)
- $50 off a full season parking pass, valid for the Aspen Highlands parking garage and the Two Creeks lot at Snowmass.
- 25 percent off lodging at the Limelight Hotel on a Sunday – Thursday stay.
- Unlimited gondola and chairlift sightseeing access next summer.
- Discounted Snowmass Bike Park pricing and discounted bike rentals from Four Mountain Sports.
- 10 percent off food at Elk Camp and Sundeck in the summer.
The chamber of commerce discount is available to employees of business that are members of Roaring Valley area chambers of commerce. The discount applies to those employees’ spouses as well.