Aspen Skiing

NEWS FROM ASPEN SKIING COMPANY WINTER 2018/19

New Limelight Hotel Snowmass

Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) is well underway with construction on the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass for a scheduled completion date of November 2018. The new hotel will feature 99 hotel rooms and 11 for-sale condominiums, plus a new restaurant, a children’s game area as well as a five-story climbing wall that will be open to the public and the tallest of its kind in the state. Modeled after the company’s existing properties in Aspen, Colo. and Ketchum, Idaho, the hotel will be located adjacent to Snowmass Mountain’s Elk Camp Gondola providing ski-in/ski-out access. The new hotel property will remain consistent with the Limelight brand featuring amenities and extras such as an expanded continental breakfast, après ski deals in the Lounge, live music, adventure activities such as First Tracks and Inside Tracks, a ski concierge as well as pet-friendly rooms. Stonehill & Taylor, based out of New York City, have been selected to design the interior, with plans to continue the Limelight’s contemporary yet casual design theme. The hotel is pursuing a LEED certification. For more information, visit www.limelighthotels.com/snowmass.

Snowmass Mountain Club

The Snowmass Mountain Club will offer exclusive access on-and-off Snowmass mountain with 228 private memberships. The facilities, located in the new Limelight Hotel Snowmass, are equipped with ski valet, family locker rooms, and après-ski in the club lounge. On-mountain experiences will comprise of activities like first tracks, moonlight cross-country skiing, mountain biking, hiking and summer off-road tours as well as an on-site concierge. Other member benefits include private garage parking directly below the Club, ski-in access and admittance to the hotel’s fitness facilities and hot tubs. The Snowmass Mountain Club is scheduled to open November 2018. For more information, visit www.snowmassmountainclub.com.

 

Snowmass Base Village Development

Located at the base of Snowmass Ski Area in the heart of Snowmass Village, Colo., Snowmass Base Village (SBV) is a $600 million mountain-resort development, currently the largest under construction in North America. This approximately 10-year project will add lodging, residences, restaurants, retail, and amenities to the world-class resort. Completion of the first phase of construction is slated for November 2018, with a grand opening celebration to be held Dec. 15, and includes the Limelight Hotel, ski-in/ski-out residences, public events plaza with ice skating rink, cozy fire pits, and community building. Development is currently ongoing for the following:

  • The 99-room, 11-residence Limelight Hotel. The Limelight will also host the Snowmass Mountain Club, an exclusive 228-member private club with member parking, lockers and lounge space right at the base of the mountain. The mountain-contemporary building was designed by Oz Architecture.
  • A central public events plaza that will serve as the community’s gathering space with an ice-skating rink in the winter and events lawn during the summer, as well as fire pits, children’s pop-up fountains and other community amenities. The plaza was designed by Oz Architecture and StudioINSITE. Scheduled completion November 2018.
  • Lumin, a residential condominium building adjacent to the Plaza and Elk Camp Gondola with three residences and a Four Mountain Sports store. The building was designed by Oz Architecture, with interior design by The Ranch House. Scheduled completion Winter 2018/19.
  • A Community Center that will be a public building and include interactive activities with ever-changing programs for families and children, as well as a bar and restaurant with outdoor patio seating. It is being designed by Harry Teague Architects and pursuing LEED Gold Certification. The official opening is to be determined. A temporary outdoor bar will be open this ski season.

 

For more information about the Snowmass Base Village development, visit www.allinsnowmass.com.

 

New Fort Frog Under Construction at Buttermilk

A new wooden, frontier-style fort is under construction in the woods of Buttermilk. The kid’s play structure will include lookout towers, a jail, a swinging bridge, a saloon with a candy bar, a post office, a turbo twister slide and more. The fort was named after Greg Fortin, a long-time ski instructor at Buttermilk in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, and is a memento to his legacy. The newly constructed fort will debut this winter and is accessed by skiing or snowboarding to the fort.

Deals

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Celebrate 60th Anniversary with $60 Lift Tickets

This season, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk are celebrating 60 years of skiing and riding with $60 lift tickets. Purchasers must buy a minimum of two days to receive the discounted $60 per day lift ticket. The offer is valid across all four Aspen Snowmass mountains during the early season dates of Thursday, Nov. 22 to Friday, Dec. 21. Package must be booked with lodging through Stay Aspen Snowmass. All offers are subject to availability at time of booking. Book seven days in advance of arrival date. Call (800) 290-1326, or e-mail sasinfo@aspensnowmass.com for a customized quote sent via e-mail.

The Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass is the new standard in season passes, connecting skiers and riders to some of the most iconic mountains across the globe with access to more than 74,632 acres of terrain at 36 premier ski and ride destinations. Aspen Snowmass is pleased to be a part of the new pass product with 7-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Pass (no black-out dates), and 5-day combined access when purchasing the Ikon Base Pass (black-out dates included). For a detailed list of Ikon Pass resorts as well as further information, visit www.ikonpass.com.

The Mountain Collective Adds Big Sky Resort and Niseko United for 2018-19 Season

The Mountain Collective™ heads into the 2018-19 season with new additions to its already elite list of resorts, as the pass welcomes Montana’s Big Sky Resort and Northern Japan-based Niseko United Resort. Previously a global affiliate, Niseko United will join the Mountain Collective as a full partner for the 2018-19 season. Big Sky and Niseko United join Alta, Aspen Snowmass, Banff Sunshine, Coronet Peak – The Remarkables, Jackson Hole, Lake Louise, Mammoth, Revelstoke, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sugarbush, Sun Valley, Taos, and Thredbo in the Mountain Collective alliance of 17 iconic destinations. With the addition of Big Sky and Niseko United, each 2018-19 passholder will receive two days at each of the collective destinations, bringing the total ski days available from full partners to 34 days at 17 unique destinations. Extra benefits available to Mountain Collective pass holders include exclusive lodging deals and a complimentary, one-year Protect Our Winters (protectourwinters.org) membership. Passes are available online at www.MountainCollective.com.

Food & Beverage

Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club

The Cliffhouse restaurant, located at the top of Buttermilk Mountain, will host a Friday Morning Uphill Breakfast Club. Uphill skiers will be able to enjoy breakfast in the restaurant after hiking/skinning up the mountain. The breakfast will be available for purchase from 8:45 a.m. t0 10 a.m. and will include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and an oatmeal/yogurt station with quick dry oats in a mason jar ready to be prepared with healthy add-ons. A hot breakfast will also be available with two menu options; a signature Cliffhouse breakfast fried rice with a farm egg, or thick-cut French toast with crisp bacon. Both hot items are priced at $12 and the oatmeal bar costs $8. The Breakfast Club will take place every Friday from Jan. 5 to Apr. 6, 2019.

Rental/Retail

New Four Mountain Sports Store in Snowmass Base Village

As part of the Snowmass Base Village development project, a new 4,400 square-foot Four Mountain Sports store will open for the 2018/19 winter. The store is located right next to the Elk Camp Gondola and will offer ski and snowboard rentals as well as retail clothing and gear. Adjacent to the shop, a new ski storage structure will be available to store guest’s skis or snowboards overnight or transfer to another mountain. This service is complimentary to guests when renting equipment from Four Mountain Sports. In the summer months, the store will convert into a downhill mountain bike rental shop.

Ski and Snowboard Schools

Kids Mountain Explorers

New as of last season, but with expanded dates this year, the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen Snowmass are continuing Kids Mountain Explorers. The programming offers a week-long adventure camp with the same group of kids skiing or riding together every day with a pro-caliber coach. Kids age eight to twelve, level seven and up will carve up all four mountains, riding everything from greens and blues to steeps, bumps, and park depending on the group’s ability level. Throughout the week, the kids will gain skills, confidence and plenty of friends. Kids Mountain Explorers will take place over the following dates: Jan. 14 – 18, 21 –25, 2019; Jan. 28-Feb. 1, 2019; Mar. 11 – 15, 18 – 22, 25 –29, 2019.

Sustainability

Straw Free

The Limelight Hotel Aspen, Limelight Hotel Ketchum, The Little Nell, and all Aspen Snowmass food & beverage outlets are going straw free, meaning plastic beverage straws are no longer provided. If a straw is requested, then a paper straw or compostable straw is given. Aspen Skiing Company enacted this policy to align with the movement that throw-away-plastic is an unnecessary product and adds to the plastic pollution in our oceans.

Technology

Aspen Snowmass App—New Rewards and Year-Over-Year Stats and Tracking

The Aspen Snowmass App offers a convenient way for guests to access mountain conditions, tracked skier days, interactive mapping of a guest’s movement, and information about activities, lift tickets, lessons and more. New this year, the App provides rewards and enhanced functioning of year-over-year stats and tracking. Rewards include free food and beverage credits, discounts at Four Mountain Sports stores and a credit to use toward a Ski and Snowboard School lesson. Improved tracking will now include year-over-year statistics for vertical feet and Highland Bowl laps. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com/app.

Future Capital Improvements

Pandora’s Expansion on Aspen Mountain—New Lift, Expanded Snowmaking and Terrain

Aspen Mountain is currently going through the process of approval for the proposed Pandora’s Expansion that will increase snowmaking capabilities, expand terrain and add a new chairlift. The plan aims to implement snowmaking operations on top of Aspen Mountain to encompass an additional 50 acres of terrain. The resort’s current snowmaking capabilities stop short of the top of the mountain, but the proposal intends to provide top-to-bottom skiing and riding on a man-made surface. In addition, the Pandora’s Expansion bids for an increase of 153 acres of new terrain bringing the mountain’s total acreage to 850. The new pod will include groomed runs as well as gladed tree skiing/riding on blue and single black trails. Furthermore, the plan proposes a new chairlift that will provide direct access to the increased terrain. The current plan is dependent on the Forest Service and Pitkin County granting approvals.

Winter Operations

Aspen Mountain

Opening: Nov. 22, 2018

Closing: Apr. 21, 2019

Aspen Highlands

Opening: Dec. 8, 2018

Closing: Apr. 14, 2019

Buttermilk

Opening: Dec. 8, 2018

Closing: Apr. 7, 2019

Snowmass

Opening: Nov. 22, 2018

Closing: Apr. 21, 2019