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Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen Skiing Co. plans to announce its 2011-12 pass prices next week, and sales will begin Monday, Aug. 15.
Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said pass prices likely will be divulged on Thursday, Aug. 11, the same day that direct-mail pieces with the pass options and prices are mailed to last season’s passholders. He wouldn’t tip the company’s hand on prices for the coming season.
Skico kept prices on its most popular passes the same last season. The Premier Pass, which provides unrestricted access, was $1,099 the last two seasons for members of chambers of the commerce in the Roaring Fork Valley. The price was $1,499 the last two seasons for buyers who don’t belong to a chamber of commerce. The prices were for the super-early deadline. Prices went up as the season neared.
Skico also held the line last season on its Flex Pass, good for one day of skiing per week. It sold for $699 for chamber members and $819 for nonmembers.
Skico also resurrected the Double Flex Pass, good for two days of skiing per week, for $949 for chamber members and $1,199 for nonmembers last season. That pass had been eliminated the prior season.
BASALT – An equipment failure knocked out electricity for an estimated 5,100 Holy Cross Energy customers for up to two hours and 10 minutes Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.
A piece of equipment called a terminator, which is used in the transition from underground power lines to overhead lines, failed about 10:50 p.m. Wednesday, said Ken Roberts, supervisor of systems operations for Holy Cross. A second fault, which hasn’t been identified, was also detected in the system, he said. The two faults triggered protective systems to shut down the Holy Cross Basalt substation in the Lake Christine area, according to Roberts.
The outage affected residences and businesses in Basalt and El Jebel, the eastern portion of Missouri Heights, and part of the Sopris Creek Road and Capitol Creek Road neighborhoods, as well as the Highway 82 corridor toward Old Snowmass.
Power was fully restored by 1 a.m. Thursday. Some areas came on before that, Roberts said.
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