Aspen Skiing Co. to release pass prices Thursday
It’s the time of year that all Aspen-area ski junkies live for. They will find out how much they have to shell out to hit the slopes this winter.
Aspen Skiing Co. will unveil its 2014-15 ski season pass prices Thursday, according to company spokesman Jeff Hanle. Passes go on sale Monday, he said.
“There are no major changes in the pass offerings,” Hanle said in an email when reached while on vacation. “We are offering more benefits than ever with the Premier Pass.”
The Premier Pass is Skico’s unrestricted, full-season pass. The company also offers a Double Flex Pass, good for two days per week of skiing; the Flex Pass, good for one day of skiing; and two types of Classic Passes, good for four or seven days of skiing for the season.
Hanle wouldn’t hint what type of increases consumers could expect. Last year, the pass prices increased from $10 for the Classic Passes to $50 for Premier Passes for customers that don’t work for a company that belongs to a local chamber of commerce.
Skico typically provides the best prices if purchased before a super early deadline. Prices climb the closer the season comes.
The Premier Pass for non-chamber members was $1,649 last season if purchased early. The Premier Pass for chamber members was $1,199. The discount is designed to induce business to pay for memberships to chambers of commerce in Aspen, Snowmass Village, Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs.
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