Season passes go on sale today |

Season passes go on sale today

Although it’s not quite time to wax up your boards, you can purchase your season pass starting today.

The Aspen Skiing Co. has increased the price of the premiere pass by $30, and daily lift tickets are now $72. And the cheapest deals on passes expire Aug. 30.

Under the super-early rate, which runs until Aug. 30, Aspen Chamber Resort Association members can purchase a premiere, seven-day-a-week, four-mountain pass for $1,029. Non-chamber members can purchase the same pass for $1,449.

In addition to the regular winter ski season, the premier pass is valid for any operating dates prior to or after the scheduled season, as well as summer lifts at both Aspen Mountain and Snowmass. Premier pass holders can also get additional discounts.

Under the early rate, which lasts until Nov. 15, the pass is $1,299 for chamber members and $1,599 for non-chamber members.

Under the regular rate, which begins after Nov. 15, the price goes up to $1,449 for chamber members, and $1,759 for non-chamber members.

The two-day-a-week pass ranges from $744 to $854 for chamber members, and $909 to $999 for non-chamber members.

For Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk die-hards, an unlimited season pass will be on sale for $639 until Aug. 30. The Aspen Highlands-Buttermilk “Validator Pass,” which requires the holder to pay $10 each time they ski, is available for $409 to $459, depending on when it’s bought.

Seniors over 70 can purchase the Silver Pass for $189, and seniors age 65-69 can purchase passes at the ACRA rate.

The premier child/youth pass costs between $724 and $879, also depending on time of purchase.

The adult Classic Pass is available for $119 this year. It offers four days of skiing anytime during the season, plus two extra days over the Thanksgiving weekend. Additional days can be purchased on the Classic Pass for $52 through March, and $32 in April.

Season pass holders looking for a little extra instruction this year can purchase an unlimited locals’ clinic pass for $129. Clinic pass holders can participate in up to 35 clinics throughout the year. The deadline to purchase this pass is Nov. 15.

A Skico press release said the company plans to send a mailer outlining season pass rates and specials to pass holders this month.

New this year, Aspen Chamber Resort Association members may purchase passes with a credit card during the super early, early or regular purchase periods.

Passes will go on sale today at the Aspen Mountain ticket office near the gondola. Non-chamber season passes can also be purchased over the phone at 923-1227. Chamber passes must be purchased in person.

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