Aspen Skiing Co. extends chamber discounts to spouses

Staff report

Aspen Skiing Co. announced Tuesday that spouses of employees eligible for discounted passes through Roaring Fork Valley chambers will be extended the same price break.

The announcement comes almost two weeks before Skico discloses its season pass prices for the 2015-16 season.

“We are excited to be able to extend these benefits to more valley residents and allow families to get out on the slopes at the lowest possible price,” said Skico Vice President and Chief Operating Officer David Perry in a statement. “Locals are the best ambassadors and most passionate skiers and snowboarders, and we are happy to be able to offer this deal to more valley residents.”

Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said the extension of chamber discounts to spouses of employees is not being offered on a trial basis and will be available for years to come.

The new perks could cut into sales of the Classic Passes, which offer four- and seven-day pass options for the season.

“We don’t know how (consumers) will be react, but they certainly could do that,” he said. “They can spend a little more money and get on the hill more.”

Spouses will be eligible for all season-pass discounts, from the Premier (everyday), Double Flex (twice a week with options for more days) and Flex (once a week with options for more days) passes.

Chamber passes are only available to employees who belong to a chamber of commerce in the Roaring Fork Valley. Ski season begins Nov. 26 at Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk open Dec. 12.