Skico gives passholders free ride up Snowmass |

Skico gives passholders free ride up Snowmass

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Ann Larson/Snowmass SunThe new Vapor Trail sweeps below the Elk Camp lift at Snowmass.

SNOWMASS – The Aspen Skiing Co. is holding a appreciation day at Snowmass on Saturday for its season passholders.

All 2010-11 ski season passholders and 2011 full summer passholders will receive a free bike haul pass and Snowmass chairlift access for the day. In addition, each passholder can bring a friend or family member along for free.

“We’ve been working hard to get the new trails open and everything up and running and we wanted to give everyone a chance to come out and experience it,” Steve Sewell, Snowmass Mountain manager said in a statement. “If you haven’t ridden on Snowmass lately, you’ll find a totally new experience providing lift-served access to all levels of riders – from beginners and families to the downhill rider.

The Skico will offer tours and tips for specialized downhill riders. Snowmass bike pros will lead the tours at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The tours will be 60 to 90 minutes, highlighting new trails and tips on the best downhill riding techniques. Riders who participate must be at least 14 years old and they must have full suspension mountain bikes and helmets. Full body armor is strongly recommended, according to Skico.

Snowmass has invested heavily in mountain biking terrain over the last two season and now has more than 50 miles of trails. The Vapor Trail, completed at the beginning of the summer, starts at the top of Elk Camp chairlift and descends 2.64 miles and has a 1,400-foot vertical drop when it reaches Cafe Suzanne.

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