Aspen gondola, Bells bus move to fall schedule
September 1, 2011
ASPEN – The coming holiday weekend is the final one to catch lift rides up to the Snowmass ski area. Also, after Labor Day, gondola service on Aspen Mountain drops back to Saturdays and Sundays only through the first weekend of October.
Bus service to Maroon Lake and the Maroon Bells also drops solely to weekends after Labor Day, giving motorists greater access to the popular spot.
Anyone hoping to hit the mountain bike trails at Snowmass can still catch a ride up the mountain (it beats pedaling) through Monday. Until then, the Elk Camp Gondola is running from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Elk Camp Chair, accessing the new Vapor Trail, will run Friday through Monday. Stop at the gondola ticket office for a ticket.
On Aspen Mountain, daily gondola service continues through Labor Day, followed by weekend service through Oct. 2. A single ticket is $25 for adults; $15 for youths, ages 13-17; $10 for children ages 4-12; free for tots age 3 and younger; and $19 for seniors (age 70 and up).
Those with a Premier Pass from the 2010-11 ski season can ride up for free; those with other ski passes can ride at a discount.
The bus to Maroon Lake departs regularly from Aspen Highlands from 9:05 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day, continuing through Labor Day. There is free bus service from the Rubey Park bus station in downtown Aspen to Highlands, as well as free parking at Highlands. Vehicles aren’t admitted past the Maroon Creek Road entrance station while the buses are running.
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The Bells bus fee is $6 for adults, and $4 for children and seniors. A combination fee, for a ride up the Aspen Mountain gondola and a Maroon Bells bus ride, is available for $27 for adults.
After Labor Day, the Bells bus will run only on Friday through Sunday, giving motorists all-day access on Monday through Thursday. While the entrance station is open, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., motorists are charged a $10 fee.
After Oct. 2, bus service ceases and the entrance gate closes for the season. Vehicle access continues until snow closes the road.