What’s New at Aspen/Snowmass for 2008-2009

$35 Million in Improvements include two new restaurants, a new chairlift, 22-foot Olympic-sized halfpipe, and more.

Aspen/Snowmass, comprised of Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, will invest $35 million in capital improvements for the 2008-2009 season.  Significant Aspen Skiing Company improvements include two new restaurants, a new chairlift, 22-foot Olympic-sized halfpipe, Western Colorado’s largest solar array and additional terrain.

In its second season, the new Snowmass base village being developed by Related WestPac, will reveal new restaurants, ski-in/ski-out condos and a new conference space.



, the world’s leading resort destination and

Gray Line

, the world’s largest sightseeing, transportation and activity company have teamed up to provide the first luxury ground transportation service to the four mountains of Aspen and Snowmass. The new year-round operation will feature conveniently scheduled nonstop, luxury motor coach service from the Denver International Airport. In addition to VIP check in at Gray Line’s concierge facility at DIA, guests will enjoy guaranteed window/aisle seating, GPS tracking, on-board entertainment and customized amenities.  Gray Line’s service will also include a night coach to ensure same-day resort arrivals for guests arriving late into Denver.  Gray Line’s DIA operation will be supplemented by point-to-point service from Eagle County Regional Airport and the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to the guest’s final resort accommodations.

As the Official Ground Transportation Partner of Aspen/Snowmass, Gray Line will provide meet and greet services as part of the VIP experience the moment guests land at DIA.

The new service will commence on November 14, 2008, and grow to up to six departures each day during the peak ski season.


Aspen/Snowmass is considered the ski industry’s leader in sustainable practices.  In the summer of 2008, Aspen Skiing Company spent over $1 million on the ski industry’s and Western Colorado’s

largest solar array

which produces enough energy annually to power 20 average American homes and keep 400,000 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air each year.

Several additional new projects include

increased water storage on-mountain

, which saves energy and water during snowmaking and

energy monitoring systems

, which are being installed in three ASC buildings with a goal to reduce energy use.  Systems will be installed at company headquarters in the Aspen Airport Business Center, Bumps restaurant at the base of Buttermilk and the Two Creeks ticketing office in Snowmass.

The Little Nell (TLN), Aspen’s only five-star, five diamond hotel, installed 25 solar panels creating a 5 kW array, to 100 percent power their new “

Green Suite

,” complete with energy monitoring for guests.  In addition, every guest can experience the new Eco-Luxe package by donating $2 per night to the Aspen Valley Land Trust (exceeded with a $3 donation by TLN per night).  The package includes an organic gift from Executive Chef Ryan Hardy’s near by farm, pitchers of water rather than bottled water, cruiser bikes to ride around town with reusable water bottles, in-room recycling and bed linen/towel service every three days unless otherwise asked. Please visit


for more information regarding sustainability.


Sheer Bliss – $7 million capital improvement

On-mountain improvements in Snowmass continue for 2008–2009 with a new detachable quad chairlift. The new Sheer Bliss chair serves up 700 acres of some of the best terrain in the Big Burn area accessing challenging black-diamond glades and wide-open blue cruisers. The new lift can carry up to 2,000 people per hour and takes riders 2,212 vertical feet, 155 feet more than the old Sheer Bliss chair.  The ride time is just over nine minutes.

Sam’s Smokehouse - $9 million capital improvement

With spectacular views of Garret’s Peak, Mount Daly and the surrounding backcountry, the new Sam’s restaurant features a barbecue-style smokehouse menu with a variety of culinary delights.  At 7,800 sprawling square feet, this new eatery boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and table service for 175, plus outdoor seating – all situated atop the Village Express six-pack lift on Snowmass.  In addition to the main restaurant, Sam’s will also have a lounge area where guests can grab a quick coffee, breakfast or lunch.

Sneaky’s Tavern

Located adjacent to The Treehouse and mere steps from the Village Express, Sneaky’s Tavern will no doubt be a very popular destination for those looking to enjoy each other’s company in a relaxing and comfortable setting. Offering both indoor and outdoor bar/ dining seating. American bistro style cuisine will be served at lunch, après and dinner. Opening winter 2008-2009.


Canopy Cruiser

Known as the local’s mountain and home to the challenging Highland Bowl, Aspen Highlands will add up to 18 additional acres of skiing and riding in the Deep Temerity area of the mountain.  The new terrain, between Hyde Park and Mushroom Chutes, will be called Canopy Cruiser.


Buttermilk mountain, home to the ESPN Winter X Games, will have a new Olympic-size, 22-foot halfpipe, which adds four additional feet to each wall of the pipe, sending skiers and riders high than ever.


The base of Aspen Mountain is in the epicenter of downtown and will have a new and improved gondola plaza for the 2008-2009 season.  New and a reduced number of steps will make it even easier to load the gondola.

Ajax Tavern

Ajax Tavern, steps from the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, will have more space, a new look and an updated menu this season.  With an expanded bar area inside and bigger deck outside, Ajax Tavern will continue to offer a French Bistro menu with favorites such has Truffle Fries.  The restaurant will continue to be the place to see and be seen at the base of the mountain for lunch and après.  New this year is dinner at Ajax Tavern.


Lift Ticket and Rental Equipment Package – Save 5%.

Save an additional $38 off the already discounted price on a 6-day lift and rental package when you purchase lift and rentals at the same time at least 7 days in advance.

*Savings based on 5% off advance purchase price of lift tickets and rental equipment during Value Season: January 6 – February 10, 2009.

Lift Ticket/Rental Equipment and Ski School Lesson Package – Save 5%.

Save and additional $45 on a 6-day lift and rental package plus a one-day adult group ski/snowboard lesson when you purchase lift and rentals and ski/snowboard school at the same time at least 7 days in advance. Ski/snowboard discount available to lift ticket and rental equipment package purchasers only.


For the 2008/2009 winter season, Snowmass is being transformed into the finest resort experience in the world. Already known for its world-famous ski slopes, Snowmass has a new one billion dollar Base Village development underway, enticing visitors to overnight, enjoy fine dining restaurants, après-ski and invest in an unprecedented lifestyle resort. Highly anticipated, new Base Village openings for this winter season include nearly 100 new ski-in/ski-out  residences, four new exciting dining and entertainment venues including Junk and Liquid Sky from the highly successful N9NE Group, and new shopping highlighted by Aspen’s Performance Ski.  World class lodging brands will also be opening soon in Snowmass Base Village, which is being developed as a LEED-neighborhood development, including The Little Nell Residences Snowmass with interiors by renowned designer David Easton, and Viceroy Resort Residences at Snowmass, with interiors by celebrated designers including Jean Michel Gathy and a pool experience and restaurant by Kelly Wearstler.


In addition to Aspen Skiing Company’s Sneaky’s Tavern, three additional new slopeside restaurants and bars will take center stage at the base of Snowmass this season.

Sweet Life

The Sweet Life rocks as a 1950s style diner upstairs and a creamery parlor and candy store downstairs, featuring homemade ice cream made on-site with fresh ingredients and no preservatives.


Junk plans on redefining fast food forever. “Good Junk, Bad Junk, (the only Junk your mom will let you eat)” may be the eatery’s tag line, yet its natural and organic ingredients smack of something a bit healthier that is still delicious.

Liquid Sky

Hipsters will kick back at Liquid Sky, an après hot spot with an indoor-outdoor lounge, complete with all-day dining.

Conference Space

With more than 8,000 square feet of conference space located in Capitol Peak Lodge at base village, this new meeting area is the perfect setting for conferences, weddings and celebrations of any size. The Capitol Peak Conference Center is conveniently located adjacent to luxurious lodging, restaurants, shopping and 3,132 acres of year-round outdoor wonderland.

Hayden Lodge and Capitol Peak Lodge

Over ninety ski-in/ski-out condominiums will be available in the new base village.  The first luxury condos to be built in Snowmass in 20 years, these units offer high ceilings, modern furnishings and expansive decks overlooking Snowmass.

Recent History and Future of Snowmass:

In the previous three years, Aspen Skiing Company has invested over $50 million dollars in on-mountain improvements – including the Village Express six-pack lift, Sky Cab gondola, the Elk Camp Gondola, a new terrain park and the Elk Camp Meadows learning area. In 2007-2008, The Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center, the Snowmass Gondola Ticket Office, Ski & Snowboard Schools private lesson lounge and Four-Mountain Sports rental/retail shop opened in the new Snowmass base village. The future of the new village, which is being developed by Related WestPac, will be the centerpiece of an experience connecting the mountain to a diverse community with new shops and restaurants, community aquatic center, The Little Nell Residences at Snowmass, the Viceroy Resort Residences at Snowmass and more than 300 condominiums.


Hot Beds

There are an additional 476 hot beds coming online this season in Aspen/Snowmass.  This number includes – but is not limited to – Hayden and Capitol Peak Lodges in Snowmass as well as 126 affordable to mid-priced rooms at the family-owned and newly rebuilt Limelight Lodge in downtown Aspen.  Visit


for more information.

Important dates:

The lifts will begin running on November 27, 2008 when Snowmass and Aspen Mountain open, with all four open for the season on December 13, 2008. Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk will close on April 5, 2009 while Snowmass and Aspen Mountain will close on April 12, 2009.

The Aspen Winternational FIS Alpine World Cup takes place on Aspen Mountain, November 28-29, 2008 while ESPN Winter X Games 13 will bring the world’s most extreme snowsports athletes to Buttermilk, January 22 – 25, 2009.  


35 – $35 million invested in capital improvements for 2008-2009

5 – Five new restaurants will open in Snowmass: Sam’s Smokehouse (on-mountain), Sneaky’s Tavern, The Sweet Life, Junk and Liquid Sky in Snowmass base village

476 – 476 additional hot beds in Aspen/Snowmass this season

80 – Eighty new ski-in/ski-out condos available in Snowmass base village

2,212 – The number of vertical feet the Sheer Bliss lift will carry riders

400,000 – The pounds of carbon dioxide Western Colorado’s (and the ski industry’s) largest solar array will save from the atmosphere annually

30 – Aspen/Snowmass will host over 30 events this season

8,000 – Amount in square-footage of the new Snowmass conference space

22 – Height in feet of the new walls in the Olympic-size halfpipe at Buttermilk