What's New 2013-2014


Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., Winter, 2013 – Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) has invested $66.5 million in on-mountain capital improvements in the past six years, including: Burnt Mountain with 230 new acres of terrain on Snowmass added in 2013; three new restaurants including Elk Camp in Snowmass, which opened last season; four high-speed chair lifts, the Treehouse - a new children’s center; and significant improvements to the terrain parks on both Snowmass and Buttermilk. With so many major improvements, now is the time for guests to renew their Aspen experience.                                          

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Aspen Skiing Company runs four gondola and lift-accessed mountains in close proximity, two hotels, a private residence club and numerous restaurant and retail locations set between the town of Aspen and Snowmass Village. The location and elevation of Aspen/Snowmass combine to create ideal conditions as more than 300 inches of snow and more than 300 days of sunshine each year contribute to Colorado’s trademark light, fluffy, consistent powder snow.

With breathtaking 360-degree views of the Maroon Bells and an abundance of expert terrain as well as groomed cruisers, it’s no wonder Aspen Highlands has been the locals’ favorite for over 50 years. Hike the 12,392 feet to the summit of Highland Bowl for the ultimate in-bounds backcountry rush. *NEW* Glades: For the 2013-2014 season, Highlands' lovers will have even more to love with the opening of new gladed terrain. The Lucky Find Glades and Mystery Gully will offer two new lines of skiing in a formerly closed area. Moving forward, this area will continue to open up to around 20 acres of new, untouched terrain.

Other recent terrain expansion includes the new terrain on Burnt Mountain in Snowmass with an additional 230 acres, bringing the total skiable acreage to 3,362 acres and making Snowmass the second largest ski area in Colorado. The terrain on Burnt Mountain features rolling, low-angle meadows, glades and spectacular views into the valleys between Snowmass and Buttermilk. “This is a powder skiers dream,” said Steve Sewell, Snowmass mountain manager. “Burnt Mountain is a series of rolling meadows that will offer skiers and riders a super fun experience in this area that was formerly backcountry. Now it will be patrolled and controlled, opening up this amazing experience to more of the skiing and riding public.”

Total skiable acreage for Aspen/Snowmass is now 5,533 acres all available on one lift ticket and all tightly grouped around the communities of Aspen and Snowmass.

Also new to Snowmass, Aspen Skiing Company opened a mid-mountain restaurant, Elk Camp, located adjacent to the top of the Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass. The $13 million dollar restaurant with seating for up to 300 guests, includes winter, summer and evening event space. On Friday nights during the ski season, Elk Camp transforms into a nighttime winter wonderland. The wildly popular Ullr Nights include old-fashioned, fun winter outdoor activities, such as the: Viking sledding hill, s’mores, hot chocolate and the Ullr dance by the bonfire, snowbiking, snowshoe tours, ice skating on Mackenzie Ice Rink, live music, a la carte culinary celebration and full bar, indoor kids activities and entertainment. These special evenings run from 5:30-9:00 PM; Gondola tickets  are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Delta Adds New Service to Aspen/Snowmass: Delta Air Lines added new nonstop seasonal service to Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado with daily flights from Atlanta and Saturday-only flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul, effective December 21, 2013. With its new service, Delta is the only airline to offer daily nonstop service to Aspen/Snowmass from the Southeastern U.S. Combined with Saturday-only service from Minneapolis-St. Paul, the flights will provide convenient connecting opportunities through two of the world’s largest hubs. The new service will be operated by Delta Connection carrier, SkyWest Airlines, using a two-class, 65-seat CRJ-700, featuring nine First Class seats and eight Economy Comfort seats. Customers will have access to in-flight Wi-Fi as Delta operates the largest Wi-Fi-equipped fleet in the world, including all Delta Connection two-class regional jets. Delta’s new service to Aspen/Snowmass is now available for sale on www.delta.com.

In addition to the four on-mountain ski and snowboard operations, Aspen Skiing Company operates two hotels, one private residences club, 13 restaurants and 18 retail and rental shops.

The Limelight Hotel: Rated #1 hotel in the United States and #11 in the world according to Expedia users, the Limelight Hotel was acquired by ASC in 2010. The Limelight Hotel is a contemporary property in the heart of downtown Aspen, just steps from the slopes. The 126-room hotel has a vibrant happy-hour and après ski scene, including live music most nights in the winter. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, hot tubs, ski valet, an adventure concierge, monthly beer dinners, an expanded continental breakfast and in-town transit. The Limelight offers more complimentary programs than any other hotel when it comes to winter sports. Inside Tracks, an all-day tour of one of the four local mountains, and First Tracks, early access to Aspen Mountain, are both free to guests. The hotel even has a full fleet of complimentary snowshoes. Pets are welcome.  www.limelighthotel.com

The Little Nell: The Little Nell hotel, Aspen’s only five-star, five-diamond and ski-in, ski-out property is a year-round destination hotel at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Its unique slope side location, unparalleled service, deluxe and luxurious guest rooms and suites, singular amenities and adventure packages combine for a one-of-a-kind experience. www.thelittlenell.com. The Little Nell has had more master sommeliers come up through its ranks than any other property in the world. Two are currently on staff. www.thelittlenell.com

Executive Suites Remodel: New at The Little Nell for winter 2013-14, the property is renovating two of its V.I.P. suites in the fall at the hands of renowned designer Holly Hunt, who helped transform the property in 2009 with a guest room makeover and in 2011 with a lobby remodel.

The addition of new slope-side activities such as complimentary yoga and the world’s highest champagne bar make Aspen/Snowmass ever-more desirable of a destination. The Little Nell brings back The Oasis, its popular mobile “pop” up champagne bar on Aspen Mountain located in secret locations on the slopes of Aspen Mountain, this ski season. Watch for the bar Fridays, Saturday and Sundays from late February through April 2014. The Oasis serves up glasses and bottles of Veuve Clicquot, as well as caviar and chips, and features umbrellas, lounge chairs, and a solar-powered sound system making it a true "oasis" amidst the white snow. The secret location of this movable bar can be found on Twitter: @TheLittleNell or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheLittleNellAspen.

Enjoy complimentary Yoga for Skiers classes with breath-taking views at 11,212 feet on the Sundeck at Aspen Mountain. This fun class gets you stretched and ready to take on Aspen Mountain for the day. The class is free, but guests must have a valid lift ticket to reach the Sundeck. Mats are provided. Classes start with the ski season and the instructors are local favorites.

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