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Environment Foundation announces grant deadline

The Environment Foundation, Aspen Skiing Co.'s employee-run nonprofit charity, is accepting grant applications for projects that aim to improve or protect the Roaring Fork Valley's environment.

The application deadline for the fall cycle is 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 1.

The foundation supports projects that promote environmental education and research, seek to reduce the impacts of climate change, foster responsible stewardship of natural resources; protect mountain ecosystems and preserve and create opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Eligible recipients may be private or nonprofit organizations or government agencies. The board of directors evaluates all grant applications first on compliance with the eligibility requirements and then on set selection criteria. Typical grant requests are in the $2,000 to $10,000 range. The foundation will consider larger requests if proposals clearly demonstrate a unique opportunity to make a significant impact on issues of critical importance to the valley.

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Applicants can request an electronic grant application, eligibility guidelines or more information from Matthew Hamilton at mhamilton@aspensnowmass.com. Completed applications should be emailed to the same address.

'Super Early' deadline for ski passes is Friday

Aspen Skiing Co. issued a reminder Tuesday that its "Super Early" deadline for discounted ski passes is Friday.

Skiers can save hundreds of dollars on their passes by purchasing before the deadline, Skico said. The company, which operates four local ski areas (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass), said buyers can avoid long lines at local ticket offices by making their purchases online at http://www.aspensnowmass.com/seasonpass or by phone at 970-923-1227 or 877-282-7736. Employees of local businesses affiliated with area chambers of commerce will receive a bigger discount than those unaffiliated.

The Premier Pass, which allows unlimited skiing and snowboarding on all four mountains with no blackout dates, costs $1,649 for the unaffiliated skiers between 18 and 64 years old. Chamber members will pay $1,199. The Premier Pass also is available at Silver (70 and older), senior (65 to 69), youth (13 to 17) and child (7 to 12) rates. Children 6 and younger may ski for free.

Friday's "Super Early" deadline also applies to those seeking the Double Flex Pass, which allows skiing and riding two days per week; chamber members will pay $1,049, while the unaffiliated cost is $1,329.

The Flex Pass, offering one day of skiing and snowboarding per week, costs $899 for the unaffiliated and $779 for chamber members.

The seven-day and four-day Classic Passes cost $349 and $219 respectively. Buyers have more time to purchase them at a discount. The early deadline for those passes is Oct. 13.

Ski season begins on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, and will last for 21 weeks. Though some mountains close earlier than others, the final closing day is scheduled for April 20.

Aside from the Internet or phone, passes are available at the Aspen Mountain and Snowmass gondola ticket offices.

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