– With the majority of Colorado ski resorts nearing the end of the ski season, skiers eagerly await the savings that springtime affords. This spring, The Gant in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), doles out 'green' that's both good for the wallet and the environment. The Gant, a Destination Hotels & Resorts property, released its "Spring Ski, Be Green" travel package that gives skiers one last opportunity to ride four magnificent mountains and simultaneously offset the carbon footprint of their travels to Aspen with BEF Mini-Green Tags. The Spring Ski, Be Green package is valid April 1-13, and includes accommodations, lift tickets, $30 American Express card and a Mini-Green Tag matching incentive program. The Gant will match the amount of guest purchased Mini-Green Tags at $2.00 each and extend an additional 10 percent discount for guests that purchase 10 or more Mini-Green Tags.
Last year, the Aspen Skiing Company installed the largest solar photovoltaic array in the ski industry, a 10.64-kilowatt system on the company's Thunder River Lodge affordable housing complex in Carbondale, Colo. The system is more than four times larger than the next largest system in the ski industry, ASC's 2.3 kW system at Aspen Highlands. This effort is the latest in an on-going, multi-approach commitment by Aspen Skiing Company to address everything from habitat protection and on-mountain education to green development and purchasing and climate protection. Other program highlights include building one of the first 11 LEED certified buildings in the world; becoming the first ski resort in the United States to be certified to the ISO 14001 standard; launching the first climate change education campaign in the ski industry; and becoming the first ski resort to fuel all of its snowcats with biodiesel.
"Mini-Green Tags from BEF are a renewable energy certificate product that began as a way for skiers in particular, to offset the impact their entire travel experience has on the environment," said Erin Peck, director of sales and marketing at The Gant. "First time visitors or long-time returning guests need only look around Aspen to understand why programs like these are so vital to keeping the places we live, work and play pristine. This is one of many different ways we are behaving in a sustainable way and encouraging our guests to do so as well."
Each Mini-Green tag purchased supports 100 kilowatt-hours of new renewable electricity generation from wind energy. The goal of the program is to build support for non-polluting renewable sources of energy, such as wind and solar energy.
Spring Ski, Be Green Package Details
• Two nights accommodations in a one-bedroom condominium
• One lift ticket per person, per day for duration of stay
• Complimentary overnight ski tuning
• $30 American Express card
• Matched purchase of Bonneville Mini-Green Tags to offset carbon emission from travel
$275 per night (Rates will vary based on final travel dates. Certain rules, restrictions and blackout dates may apply.)
Starting total package rate:
15 percent (Bonus: Receive an additional 10 percent discount when guests purchase 10 or more Mini-Green Tags upon checkout)
Aspen/Snowmass has something for all budgets. From food and spirits, to community culture and events, to recreation and pampering, there are many bargains to be found at Aspen/Snowmass. With the money guests will save from the Spring Ski, Be Green package, following is a list of the top 10 under $10, courtesy of Aspen/Snowmass.
An Aspen Quickie
- After a day on the slopes, head to the Sundeck Restaurant and lodge on Aspen Mountain and indulge in a well-deserved quickie neck and back massage for just $10.
Learn a bit of Aspen History
- Pay a visit to the Wheeler/Stallard Museum for a bit of Aspen history. Built in 1888, this Queen Anne-style home sits on the grounds of the Aspen Historical Society and offers rotating exhibits on Aspen's storied past. Admission is $6 adults, $3 children 12 and under, $5 seniors.
Outdoor Ice Skating
– There's nothing like skating in the outdoors with beautiful Aspen Mountain as your backdrop. The Silver Circle ice rink is right in town and can be enjoyed for just $2-$4 (depending on age) with $2 skate rentals.
- Once a week, participate in Naturalist Nights, courtesy of the Aspen Center of Environmental Studies, and learn about current natural history topics Adults are just $3 and children ages 7-17, are $2.
Bar Menus: Eat Out Every Night
- Some of Aspen's finest restaurants offer a bar menu. Eat at the bar and enjoy similar entrees served in the main dining area for around $10 a plate.
Après: The Mountain Town's Happy Hour
- Hunker down at Little Annie's for a $2.75 shot and beer. At Mezzaluna, enjoy a beer and pizza for $10. The Mountain Dragon in Snowmass offers free après appetizers until they're gone!
Heritage Aspen & West End Walking Tours
- Visit the Aspen Historical Society museum for $3-$6 (depending on age). Or, take a West End Walking Tour for $10 with guides who lead you through the historic West End of Aspen.
Aspen Art Museum
- Visit the Aspen Art Museum on Thursday evenings between 5-7 pm to attend the Art After Hours free reception with refreshments and gallery tour.
Visit the Popcorn Wagon
- For a late-night snack or a mid-day pick-me up, visit the Popcorn Wagon in the heart of downtown Aspen for popcorn starting at $1.50, hot crepes for $3.50 and fire dogs (hot, spicy sausages) for $3.75.
Art Gallery Tour
- Take a free stroll through Aspen's colorful streets and visit the town's thirty art galleries. With everything from world-renown artists including Dale Chihuly, David LaChapelle, and Robert Mapplethorpe to local artists, you are bound to see something you like.