Ski pass owners get early bonus |

Ski pass owners get early bonus

The owners of one- and two-day season ski passes are receiving a particularly sweet benefit from the Aspen Skiing Co.’s decision to open Snowmass early.

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, will be treated like an additional week for holders of the one- and two-day per week passes, according to Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle. The week, as far as passes go, starts each Monday and ends Sunday.

So, the owner of a two-day per week pass could ski both days at Snowmass this weekend, then have another two days to use from Monday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 30.

Likewise, the possessor of a one-day per week pass can ski either Saturday or Sunday, then renew the right to ski one day starting the week of Nov. 24.

The good news is that owners of those passes can ski this weekend without eliminating their chance to ski Thanksgiving Day.

Snowmass will open with five chairlifts, 560 acres of terrain and 28 trails Saturday. The Fanny Hill, Coney Glade, Sam’s Knob and Big Burn sections of the mountain will open early. The scheduled opening was Thanksgiving Day.

Snowmass will remain open for the season. Parking in the village will be free until Thanksgiving.

Owners of the Aspen Classic Pass can choose to use one of their four days for this opening weekend. The two free days that were given with the classic pass for the extended Thanksgiving weekend ” Thursday through Sunday ” must still be used only during that period, said Hanle.

The Aspen Classic Pass is being offered for sale on additional dates due to demand. It will be sold Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, at the Buttermilk ticket office. Three variations will be sold ” the Adult Classic Pass, the Youth Classic Pass and the College Classic Pass.

Call the Skico on prices and terms of use. The telephone number is 923-1227.

Aspen Mountain is sticking to its scheduled opening on Thanksgiving Day. However, skiers and riders have the chance to hit the slopes of Ajax for the annual benefit day for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. Tickets will be $40 for adults. Passes aren’t honored on the benefit day.

Families that enrolled at least one child in a ski club program will get one lift ticket for free at Aspen Mountain on Wednesday and an additional adult ticket for $20 and children’s tickets for $10. The mountain’s ticket offices will have the names of families with a child enrolled, according to the ski club.

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