Aspen Snowmass is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a $6.50 lift ticket deal, the same price the Colorado resort charged on opening day, Dec. 15, 1967.
The $6.50 deal is good one-day only, Dec. 15, 2017, and only for skiing and riding at Snowmass, not at Aspen. It’s part of an anniversary weekend that includes a retro party, fireworks, and the debut of a film celebrating 50 years of Snowmass.
The retro party and fireworks are on Friday, Dec. 15. at Elk Camp, followed by fireworks over Fanny Hill on Friday.
Saturday, Dec. 16, features the debut of the film “Snowmass: 50 Years of Mountain Spirit”
Sunday, Dec. 17, features a day of vintage skiing and riding, an on-mountain community picnic and races.
Snowmass-at-Aspen, as it was called, opened with five chairlifts and 50 miles of trails. Today, it’s part of a quartet of resorts that includes Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands.
Snowmass also plans a new Base Village and a roller coaster slated to open in December.
The $6.50 lift ticket is an an enormous savings, since single-day lift tickets cost in the neighborhood of $150. But hardly anybody ever buys single-day tickets, because there are so many multi-day and multi-resort deals that bring down the price considerably.
Aspen and Snowmass are part of the Mountain Collective pass, which offers 32 days of skiing at resorts on four continents for $469 for adults and $99 for kids, plus 50% off additional days. It’s the type of lift ticket deal that pays for itself in just three or four days.
Resorts include some personal favorites of mine, including Jackson Hole, Taos, Telluride and Lake Louise.
Info: Aspen Snowmass, (800) 525-6200
photo of Olympic ski champion Stein Erickson skiing at Aspen in 1967 courtesy Wikipedia