Chamber-discounted pass prices few weeks out, ‘in plenty of time’ for winter

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Skiers get off a chairlift in Snowmass on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. (Photo by Austin Colbert/The Aspen Times)
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Locals awaiting updates on chamber of commerce discounted season passes for the Aspen Skiing Co. mountains should hear something later this month, a Skico official said Friday.

Skico started selling its full-season pass for the 2020-21 in May without the chamber discount, and officials said previously they would delay the release of ski pass options and prices eligible for the chamber of commerce discount until after Labor Day. 

“We are continuing to work on an array of pass products and a ticketing strategy that we feel will best serve the needs of our community partners, passholders and guests. It is important that we do this thoughtfully and deliver a mix of products that best meets the specific needs of Aspen Snowmass,” Skico spokesman Jeff Hanle said Friday in an email.

“We promise to roll this out in plenty of time for the ski season. At this point we are targeting an announcement for late September.”

The price structures typically are announced and put on sale in mid-August. The passes currently on sale are fully refundable through Nov. 20.

Skico senior executive Rich Burkley said at the end of July that “The longer we wait, the better idea we have of what we can offer for our guests and locals.”

Specific public health guidelines for ski areas to follow this winter have not been announced by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Ski area operators are assuming chairlift capacity will be limited for social distancing. Skico has avoided loading unrelated parties into enclosed gondola cars this summer and that is expected to continue in winter.

“We are in discussions with state and local agencies, the U.S. Forest Service, as well as partners in the industry to meet the challenges and safety recommendations this season will bring,” Hanle wrote Friday.