The Aspen Skiing Co said Thursday it will not be lowering season pass prices to compete with other Colorado ski resorts next year. In wake of the economic struggles that faced the Colorado resorts this year, many resorts are either lowering their pass prices, or are not raising the prices from this season. These resorts include, the Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain, and Winter Park. Several of these resorts are offering discounted resort package passes that allow skiers to enjoy several resorts using a single, discounted ski pass.
Pitkin County residents need to be more bear aware as wildlife officials have confirmed that bears are coming out of hibernation and have been seen in Aspen's East End, some downtown alleys, Mountain Valley and Starwood.
Pitkin County has strict codes on adhering to the county bear ordinance, which requires that dumpsters and trash cans be bear resistant and secured with some kind of lock. Not doing so can incur a fine up to $1,000.
Pitkin County home values are not only holding steady, but they are increasing in 2009. A recent study done by Cyberhomes.com, an online real estate information portal showed an increase in meadian home values in Pitkin County of 9.72% in February ove r the same month last year. Pitkin County placed fourth on the list of nearly 2000 counties across the country for the increase in home values.
Aspen Skiing Co. hopes to add some double black diamond ski terrain on Aspen Mountain for next ski season. They want to add the terrain in the Dakine Bowl area, just to the skier's right of the existing Walsh's run. The move would add skiing on about 2.2 acres of national forest and nearly one-half acre of private land.
Gray Line will continue shuttle service from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Airport to Aspen. Officials from Aspen Skiing Co. said the Gray Line service will continue its summer daily schedule as planned as well as the upcoming winter daily schedule for the 2009/2010 season.
A one way trip from DIA to Aspen costs $100 with five daily departures times.
The new service to Aspen improved the travel experiences of out-of-state guests, providing another option for them when the weather is too bad to fly.
Yesterday, Aspen Elementary students, staff, and one lucky parent per student were invited to ski Aspen Mountain. An anonymous donor purchased the day of skiing as a fundraiser for Aspen Valley Ski Club, and donated it to the elementary school for their exclusive use.
Aspen Mountain closed to the public for the season on Sunday, but the Aspen Ski Company traditionally donates the day after closing to AVSC as an auction item, which typically brings in close to 1/3 of the club's annual fundraising goal.
A home at the top of the Buttermilk superpipe sold for $12 million last Friday. It's original list price was $26 million. The 14,000 foot home sits on 8.6 acres. It's only tenant is the Target Corp., which rented the house for its Winter X Games athletes and entourage who partied there in style.
$12,000,000 - 220 Buttermilk Lane, Aspen
7 Bedrooms, 8.5 Baths
13,544 Square Feet
Seller - Alpine Bank (Deed in lieu of foreclosure)
Little Nell Private Residence Club #F207
Little Nell Private Residence Club #F403
Ski season was scheduled to end April 12th this year, however with the recent snowfall, and more on the way, Aspen Ski Company has decided to extend the season.
Aspen Highlands was due to close this Sunday, however, they will now reopen April 19-19 and April 25-26.
All Aspen/Snowmass season passes will remain valid during the extended days. Day passes will be $39 per day and youth and seniors will pay $29, while children's tickets will be just $19.