Downvalley gas prices climb toward Aspen’s rates |

Downvalley gas prices climb toward Aspen’s rates

A comparison of prices at the pump in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Gasoline prices are creeping higher as summer creeps closer.Downvalley prices nosed closer to Aspen’s rates over the last month, but Aspen’s gas stations remain in a league of their own, according to a monthly survey by The Aspen Times.The stations in Basalt charged between 5 and 8 cents more per gallon of regular unleaded gas this week compared to March 28.In Carbondale the price hike was even more drastic. The average price at the pump was 12 cents higher this week than one month ago.In Glenwood Springs, the average price shot up 15 cents from $2.32 on March 23 to $2.47 this week.Aspen’s high prices increased 3 to 6 cents per gallon over the rate from one month ago. And the Snowmass Village Conoco, always one of the most expensive places to fill up, held the line at $2.75 per gallon of regular unleaded.The increases in the valley were in line with increases around Colorado. The statewide average for a gallon of unleaded went from $2.12 in mid-March to $2.25 in mid-April, according to the American Automobile Association of Colorado.The national average went from $2.10 to $2.22 per gallon.The Shell station at the Locals’ Corner retained the crown for charging the most for gas. Its price increased from $2.76 to $2.79 per gallon of regular unleaded gas. The Amoco at the Airport Business Center was a penny behind.The 7-11 in Basalt and the Phillips 66 in Carbondale were charging the least for gas at $2.40 per gallon.The Snowmass Village Conoco was the only station surveyed that didn’t change its price over the last month. The biggest change was 14 cents per gallon made by the Roaring Fork Valley Co-op in Carbondale.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is

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