Ajax changes 14 years after S’mass | AspenTimes.com

Ajax changes 14 years after S’mass

When Aspen Mountain finally folds its snowboarding ban it will follow Snowmass’ footsteps – 14 years later.

Snowboarding was prohibited at Snowmass in the early 1980s and finally lifted before the 1987-88 season after great debate within the staff there, former Skico executive Jon Reveal recalled for The Aspen Times last year.

He supported lifting the ban at Snowmass because of the argument that it divided families. Snowmass has always been regarded as a family-oriented resort.

The Skico not only embraced snowboarding in 1982-83, but also aggressively marketed the new sport at Buttermilk.

Aspen Highlands, which was then owned independently of the Skico, also marketed itself for riders starting in the mid-1980s.

The Aspen Skiing Co. owners decided they will lift the ban at Ajax on April 1.

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