Fresh Air: Aspen Rec Center offers slide, winter deal |

Fresh Air: Aspen Rec Center offers slide, winter deal

Aspen Recreation Center visitors enjoy a new water slide Thursday.
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Besides a brand-new, speedy waterslide, the Aspen Recreation Center is offering locals a Black Friday deal for the winter season.

From Black Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — until Nov. 29, the Aspen Recreation Center is selling a pass for $199 that will be valid all winter until the local ski mountains close in April, said Erin Hutchings, Aspen Recreation Center operations manager. The passes will be available online and amount to a savings of about $140 compared with the monthly pass price of $68.

The pass is good for all the rec center’s fitness classes, indoor and outdoor ice-skating rinks, pool and rock-climbing facilities at the Aspen Recreation Center and at the Red Brick Recreation Center, Hutchings said.

Meanwhile, a new, $167,000 water slide opened Nov. 9 at the Aspen Recreation Center and is receiving rave reviews, she said.

“I think it’s faster than the old one,” Hutchings said.

The pool was closed for two weeks while the new slide was installed. Now, during November, anyone interested in trying it out can come ride the slide for an hour for free, she said.

In addition, patrons can submit names for the slide online. A winner will be announced Jan. 1 and will win an adult pass to the facility good for a year and worth $630, Hutchings said. If the winner is a child, he or she will win an equivalent amount, she said.

The old water slide needed to be replaced because it was almost 13 years old and was at the end of its life, Hutchings said.

Other programs at the rec center include a year-round, adult-only master’s program in swimming, which is essentially a competitive-level swim practice, she said. Participants need to have some knowledge of swimming strokes to participate.

Another popular program is water polo, which runs throughout the winter. The program is available for drop-ins, and participants are grouped by skill level and play matches based on that, she said. The program has even spawned a traveling team, which plays matches against other regional teams, Hutchings said.

Other offerings include ski-conditioning classes, water aerobics, slackline classes and a trapeze program, she said. The outdoor ice rink will be built next door to the rec center at the Rotary Field once conditions allow.

The daily drop-in rate at the Aspen Recreation Center is $9.50.

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