It’s that time of year again.
Even though it’s not even Labor Day, Aspen locals are getting their first taste of winter because 2016-17 Season Passes go on sale now, and if you buy before September 9, 2016, you get the best price. The Aspen Skiing Company just announced the opening dates for Aspen Mountain and Snowmass are November 24, 2016 and Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are scheduled to open for the season on December 10. 2016. Tentative closing dates are April 16, 2017 for Aspen and Snowmass and April 9, 2017 for Aspen Highlands and April 2 for Buttermilk. But as we’ve see in years past, the Aspen Skiing Company is very generous about extending the season, snowpack permitting.
So you might be in the midst of enjoying a champagne cocktail on a warm summer afternoon or cycling through your sundress wardrobe for one last fundraiser soiree or maybe you’re getting your kids ready to go back to school and winter is the farthest thing from your mind. But this is when the winds of winter whisper in your ear, when the mere idea of skiing passes through your mind.
It’s a time to go into your storage closet and to try on your favorite ski outfit to make sure it still fits; to peruse your favorite ski and snowboard magazines for this season’s new gear, and to throw on those ski boots and skis in your living room because you want to remember how it feels (goggles and all). Who cares if your family thinks you’re crazy? That’s what life in the mountains is all about.
Better yet, it’s time to buy that 2016-17 season pass. For a full list of season pass prices, click here.