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Get your pass in gear this weekend

Brent Gardner-Smith
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Almost every skier and snowboarder I know is a fairly spontaneous person.

So, with the assumption that at least one person is going to wake up in Aspen this morning and have no absolutely no clue about what the deal is with skiing today, Saturday and Sunday, let’s go over it again, shall we?

Today (Friday) is the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s seventh annual membership day.

No season passes are honored, and you have to chef up some cabbage to get on the mountain.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $10 for kids under 18. With your lift ticket, you also get a Ski Club membership, which entitles you to claim that you belong to at least one organization with high moral values and a focus on excellence.

If you are already a member, because, say, your kids are enrolled in the Club, you get one free lift ticket and you can buy $20 adult lift tickets and $10 children’s lift tickets for your immediate family members (that doesn’t include “bros”).

The Club’s programs help introduce kids to skiing and riding and train experienced skiers and riders at the highest levels of the sport.

And think about this: Most of the kids in the Ski Club are in school today. So get out there and make some turns for them!

Weekend warriors

@ATD body copy:and Sunday. Only Ajax will be open and, likely, only the top of the mountain will open (download on the bucket).

The Ajax Express lift and the Gent’s Ridge (Creeping Couch) will be running, and Mountain Manager Steve Sewell has said it is a possibility that Walsh’s will be opened for some human groomin’. (He also promised not to let the Ski Clubbers ski all the powder not yet skied by everyone who’s been hiking or snowmobiling up this week).

Lift tickets are $49 a day for adults and seniors, and $32 a day for children and youth (7-17); children 6 and under ski free. Season passes are valid as they would be during the regular season. Highlands/Buttermilk pass-holders pay $39 a day, and Aspen/Snowmass Classic Passes are valid.

The lifts will fall silent Monday. Aspen Mountain will reopen on Nov. 23 for the season. Snowmass will reopen on Thanksgiving. Highlands and Buttermilk will open on Dec. 14.

Final discount deadline

Today (Friday) is the last day for the Skico’s season pass discounts. The full Premiere pass will cost you $150 more tomorrow than it does today. So, if you were thinking about getting your pass in gear, today’s not a bad day to do it.

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