History: Opening weekend
“The opening four-day ski weekend at Aspen and Snowmass was marked by a 49.5% increase in skiers over last year’s opening,” according to the Nov. 29, 1984, issue of The Aspen Times. “The increase in number of skiers at Snowmass was up 61%, 37% at Aspen. Pat O’Conner of Highlands said this year’s four-day weekend was the second best in the past six years, almost reaching the record 1981 figure.” Numbers were good even with the announcement by Aspen Skiing Co. that it was limiting employee passes that weekend — only those who worked could ski for free, and all others, including AVSC passholders and dependents, were required to pay $14 for a full day or $8 for a half day. With hotel and lodge reports indicating a very busy weekend, Skico stated it wanted to make guest services its No. 1 priority by keeping the limited open terrain less crowded.
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