Laura Owens 2016-2017 Lift Ticket Artist
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The Aspen Art Museum (AAM) and Aspen Snowmass continue their longstanding collaboration called ‘Art in Unexpected Places’ for the 2016–17 ski and ride season with new lift ticket artwork. In celebration of the 11 years of partnership, The Aspen Art Museum and Aspen Snowmass present 11 new and different lift tickets featuring the artwork of a contemporary artist.
NEW DELTA FLIGHTS
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Delta is adding more flights into Aspen Snowmass this winter with new daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles (LAX) along with the return of a nonstop flight to Salt Lake City (SLC).
The Mountain Collective Adds Telluride and Revelstoke
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The Mountain Collective™ expands its access to world-class ski and snowboarding destinations with the addition of two iconic ski resorts in North America. Telluride Ski Resort and Revelstoke Mountain Resort join the Mountain Collective, as the pass spans fourteen destinations across four countries.
Over the past five years, Aspen Skiing Company has invested approximately $68 million to both on-mountain capital improvements as well as hospitality upgrades at both the Limelight Hotel and The Little Nell, including new terrain, new restaurants, new children’s centers and more.
Coal Methane Capture
In 2013, Aspen Snowmass entered into an unlikely partnership with the Elk Creek coal mine to create a coal mine methane-to-electricity plant that creates 24 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, roughly the same amount of Aspen Snowmass’ use.
The Limelight Ketchum
In 2015, Aspen Skiing Company broke ground on the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum, Idaho, which is scheduled for completion in December 2016. The new hotel will feature 99 hotel rooms, 14 for-sale condominiums and 12 lock-off units, plus a new restaurant and lobby lounge. Modeled after the company’s existing property in Aspen, the hotel is in close proximity to downtown shops and restaurants as well as Sun Valley’s River Run Base area.
New High Alpine Chair, Additional Glading & Snowmaking Expansion
The new High Alpine lift has been completed, and is running in Snowmass! We've also installed snowmaking equipment on two existing trails, and implemented additional trail and glade construction projects. Come to Snowmass and check it out!
Gwyn's high alpine restaurant expansion
The High Alpine pod expansion continues with the remodel of Gwyn's High Alpine Restaurant. The remodel will see an expansion of the building, increasing seating and creating a "market" style flow within the restaurant. Additionally there will be the installment of a bar, including a wood burning stove and big screen TVs, there will also be a satellite bar and coffee station downstairs. The project completion target date is November 2016, with a grand opening in December 2016.
Expanded Bike Snowmass Trails
In recent years, Snowmass’ total mileage of mountain biking trails has exceeded 50 miles, with the world-class downhill trail known as Valhalla and the new Verde beginner trail chief among the new additions.
Burnt Mountain Glades
In 2012, Snowmass debuted 230 acres of new terrain on Burnt Mountain, featuring rolling, low-angle meadows, glades and spectacular views into the valleys between Snowmass and Buttermilk.
LYNN BRITT CABIN APRES
A lively après party at Lynn Britt Cabin, featuring $6 Woody Creek Distillers Gin & Juice Cocktails alongside après food specials starting at $5. Further entertainment also features DJ Naka G and guest DJs in addition to giveaways, a cozy fire pit and outdoor lounge seating perfect for après. LBC Après will kick-off Feb. 17, 2017 and run until Apr. 1, 2017 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the spring. Both Feb. 17 and Apr. 1 will feature a special kick-off and closing party with a free pig roast.
FIS World Cup Finals
The International Ski Federation has awarded Aspen Mountain the 2017 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Finals (held March 15–19, 2017). This marks the first time the event has been held in the U.S. in 20 years with men’s and women’s events in downhill, super G, giant slalom and slalom.
Gondola Plaza Infrastructure Improvements
In summer 2015, Aspen Skiing Company remodeled Aspen Mountain's ticket office and day locker space.
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro Remodel
The legendary European-style bistro has undergone a $1.1 million remodel for the 2015-16 season, which will maintain its unique historic essence while opening up the space for improved restaurant flow and service. Look for a new cozy fireplace area, and for the same impeccable selection of fine wine, champagne and refreshing cocktails.
Year three of a three year glading project at Aspen Highlands has been completed, clearing out new lines in the steep and wooded Lucky Find area of Temerity.
Full Moon Dinners at the Cliffhouse
Starting December 14, 2016
Skin or hike up under the full moon to dinner at the Cliffhouse restaurant located on top of Buttermilk Mountain. Free hot chocolate will be served early from 5 p.m.-6 p.m. around the Cowboy Cauldron over a roaring fire. À la carte dinner options, snacks and a cash bar will be offered inside the Cliffhouse and will include items such as the Mongolian BBQ, grilled trout, salmon or roasted duck with roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables as well as house made chili and soup plus assorted desserts. No lift/vehicular access. All guests must skin/hike up and ski/snowboard/hike down. No sleds of any kind. Ascend the designated uphill route on Tiehack. Descend the designated route. Headlamps and reflective clothing strongly recommended. No ski area services provided outside of designated routes. Dates: Dec. 14, 2016, Jan. 12, 2017, Feb. 11, 2017, Mar. 12, 2017
New in 2014, Aspen Snowmass unveiled The Hideout, a state-of-the-art children’s center at the base of Buttermilk. The 7,500-square-foot-facility offers a fresh new approach to kids programming by seamlessly mixing indoor play with ski instruction.
Winter X Games Secured Through 2019
Buttermilk has been home to ESPN’s Winter X Games since 2002, and recently, Aspen Snowmass and ESPN reached a milestone agreement in principle that will keep the Winter X Games at Aspen Snowmass through 2019.