What Have You Done Me For Lately?

One of the greatest headlines in Greenletter history was “What the heck do those guys do?” Great question. This year, one of the biggest victories on climate in the U.S. was something that happened in Colorado. In short, the Public Utilities Commission, a regulatory body, allowed Xcel (the biggest utility in the state) to close down two coal plants and …

What is ASC’s Big Enviro Vision and Strategy?

The best way to understand ASC’s big picture sustainability vision and strategy is to compare our work to Vail’s. Last year, Vail recently announced a plan to get its own house in order in a big way—100% clean power, zero waste, and lots more. This is ambitious, time consuming, a ton of work and money, and pretty admirable. At the …

Why is Schendler Going to Yosemite?

To be fair to Rigney, Auden Schendler, sustainability guy, was also invited to SF, but couldn’t pull it off because he has to go to Yosemite. That indeed sounds like a junket, but, again, facts prove (mostly) otherwise. The Yosemite trip is a training for dozens of professional athletes—you know them—rider Danny Davis, climber Beth Rodden, skier Michelle Parker, Mike …

Why is Rigney Going to SF?

VP of Events and bunch of other stuff, why is he going to San Francisco? Isn’t the bulk of his work in the office, and isn’t his time better spent here? Also, isn’t it wasteful to send this fun-hog on an apparent junket? Turns out the answer is at least semi-legit, and Rigney comes out (mostly) clean. As he would …

Message from Auden Schendler – August 2018

Email send date: August 27, 2018 Subject: Unsolicited Advice: Celebrate This Big Victory on Climate and Energy All: I wanted ASC employees to be among the first to know about a nation-leading clean energy victory that broke this afternoon. The state of Colorado just approved a plan to retire two coal plants and add a huge amount of new wind and solar …

Aspen-Area Drought and Wildfire Update

The drought we had during the winter of 2017/2018 continued into the spring and summer in Aspen and unfortunately made for terribly dry conditions. As you’ve likely heard, a wildfire started in Basalt on the evening of July 3 and affected parts of El Jebel, Basalt, Willits and Missouri Heights and threatened surrounding areas. Many of our friends and coworkers …

Fort Frog Rebuild

Two years ago, Fort Frog at Buttermilk burned down and was completely destroyed. Built by the late Jerry Berg and named in honor of another one of our beloved pros, the fort was a place kids loved to explore and always provided the perfect location for snowball fights. This summer, Facilities, Maintenance, the Planning Department, and Buttermilk Operations have been …

Mountain Operations Update, August 2018

All four mountains have snowmaking projects that are ongoing. Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk are adding new snowmaking lines to cover additional acreage, and Aspen Mountain is being considered for snowmaking to the summit to be put in during summer 2019. Up 4 Pizza restaurant on Snowmass is getting a face lift with new siding, new windows and a bit of …

ProCard Available Now for 2018/2019

ProCard is the place to put in all your private lesson bookings for winter. Take a little time to log in to https://procard.aspensnowmass.com by using your employee number as your username and the password you’ve already set. Can’t remember your password? Please contact your mountain’s ski school office starting October 1st and they can help reset it. aspenschool@aspensnowmass.com highlandsschool@aspensnowmass.com buttermilkschool@aspensnowmass.com …

Stay in Shape this Fall

Our Mind Body Spirit (MBS) wellness program continues offering free classes to employees throughout the year. Why not take advantage of these classes now? This way you’re sure to stay fit and be ready to start winter strong. Check out the MBS website www.asc-mbs.com to see what is offered. Work Ready fitness exam dates are available now and MBS has a new registration …

Snowmass Bike Park Runs Through September 30th

You can get in all your 2-wheeled rides this summer then welcome fall with weekend bike park action in Snowmass. The Elk Camp Gondola and Elk Camp Chairlift run daily through September 3, then weekends only starting September 8 and ending September 30. Don’t miss twilight riding with Bonus Bike Nights on Tuesdays through August 21. For full operations details …

Return Uniforms By May 1, 2018

The last day of access to locker rooms will be Friday, April 20, 2018. Access codes will be removed. Keep in mind that there is a company-wide closure, so managers will be off  from work as well. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY FOR RETURNING YOUR UNIFORM!!!! Deadline for uniform return is Tuesday, May 1, at 2:00 p.m. After this date, late fees will …

MBS Back Injury Prevention Clinic

  Join MBS to discuss how to avoid back injuries while on the job and in daily life. Topics will include: proper movement patterns and lifting. Specific attention will be paid to how to do this on snow and reverse the degenerative process common with on mountain wear and tear. Monday, March 26th at 4:30pm Cubs Lobby at the Treehouse

Interski Aspen 50th Anniversary

This spring marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Interski in Aspen, Colorado — the only International Congress of Ski Instructors ever held in the United States. To mark that milestone and honor the 24 men and women who used that world stage to skillfully represent you and the best of what a distinctly American approach to skiing had to …

We Want Your Feedback — 2017/18 Season

We invite you to provide feedback for our management team for the 2017/18 season. The intent of these surveys is to obtain input from a variety of co-workers at different levels within the school. We conduct these assessments so that employees can develop their personal improvement goals for the year. As an evaluator, your responses are anonymous. We ask you …

Mountain Update — Jan. 19, 2018

Every day I see folks on the slopes and in restaurants smiling, and enjoying their time in Aspen Snowmass. This link takes you to Mike Kaplan’s Op Ed written in the Aspen Times, and brings in a phrase I am also hearing often… ’’It ain’t so bad”.  https://www.aspentimes.com/opinion/challenges-of-tough-season-brings-out-aspens-best/ Spirits are high as there is more snow in the forecast. We …

Employee Stay Program — Experience ASC Hotels

Dear ASC Colleagues, First and foremost, Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings health and happiness to you and your loved ones. As we start 2018, we are excited to launch a new and improved Employee Stay Program and invite each of you to Live Passionately at one of our hotel properties. As you may know, Aspen Skiing Company owns …

Hydroelectric Power Plant Tour January 21

Have you ever wondered what’s inside the Fanny Hill “chocolate factory” at Snowmass? On Sunday, January 21, Aspen Skiing Company will host tours of the building’s Micro Hydroelectric power plant so you can find out! Stop by between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a tour and a free hot dog (beef and vegetarian options). Open to employees and guests. Sunday, …

Buttermilk Parking Dec. 2017 – Feb. 2018

To save parking for our guests during the busy holiday times and X Games there is NO EMPLOYEE PARKING AT MAIN BUTTERMILK DECEMBER 26TH – FEBRUARY 4TH AND ON FEBRUARY 10TH Alternative options include: Ride the RFTA bus – $40 punch pass sold for $15 and remember to save used bus passes to enter drawing for cash! Park @ Intercept Lot …

Special January Discounts for Employees

Aspen Skiing Company wants to express its gratitude for your hard work thus far this season. Visit any on-mountain restaurant in January and show your employee pass… you’ll get 40% off whether you’re working or not! See the attached for additional information. Click to view other stories in Global News

Employee Dinners — January 2018

Aspen Skiing Company has put additional Employee Dinners on the calendar to show its appreciation and support for employees. The free dinners are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. on the following dates: Jan. 16 at Buttermilk Jan. 23 at Snowmass Jan. 30 at Buttermilk Feb. 6 at Buttermilk Please bring your employee pass. See the attached flyer for full …

Mountain Update — Jan. 8, 2018

Instead of just using the Magic 8 Ball to ask questions, we are going to play the game of ‘what if’… What if we get another 3-6 inches of snow, or more? What might open? It never goes quite as planned, so we have to be somewhat flexible. That said, for planning purposes, here is what we do know. At …

Mountain Update — Jan. 4, 2018

We have snowflakes showing on weather apps! That said, as conditions potentially stay the same we are working to manage snow, move it, make it and shape runs to keep skiing/riding available. If you keep your eyes peeled you may see some of the awesome efforts that are happening on the slopes and behind the scenes. A fair amount of …

Mountain Update — Dec. 31, 2017

Happy New Year! Where is the silver lining? We ask that when we know that there is good in what may not be the best of scenarios. We are experiencing tough conditions, the likes of those not seen since the 70’s. It is not as easy as it has been in years past.  So, where is the silver lining? Maybe …

Teaching Terrain Update – 12/23

With recent snow and more on the way, terrain is changing every day.   Due to abnormal conditions, the difficulty level of some terrain has increased.   We will  endeavor to keep this post updated throughout the holiday season.   Snowmass Funnel Level 6 Trestle/ lower Green Cabin  Level 6 Dawdler Level 5 for head wall/  Level 4 for the bypass( will …

Mountain Update — Dec. 14, 2017

Every time a picture of a snowflake shows up on the weather apps, happiness pervades! With the weather models challenging one another, who knows what is coming next after our most recent 2” snowfall. However, conditions are nothing short of astonishing given the lack of natural snowfall and November and December’s warm temperatures.  Another big thanks to the folks making …

Alpine Coaster Opens Dec. 10

Tell your guests about Snowmass’ NEW Breathtaker Alpine Coaster at Elk Camp, opening to the public on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Riders will wind their way through more than a mile of forest on an elevated track at speeds of up to 28mph. Located adjacent to the Elk Camp Restaurant, riders and passengers will be able to experience the thrilling …

SkiMo Race Series at Buttermilk Dec. 13 and 20

Join in the SkiMo fun Dec. 13 and 20 at Buttermilk. All are welcome to attend, including those trying SkiMo for the first time. There will be a SkiMo coach and a Split Board coach at both events. DATES: Dec. 13 and 20 TIMES: 4:00 p.m. get some demo equipment from Dynafit or learn uphilling skills from a coach 5:00 …

Mountain Update — Dec. 6, 2017

According to the 5th graders, here is what you do get snow to come…. Brush your teeth with the opposite hand, put ice cubes in the toilet and sleep with your pajamas inside out. Another week has flown by and we are still playing on the slopes. Today (December 6th) Aspen Mountain will open additional runs: Buckhorn Cutoff, Buckhorn Trail …

Mountain Update — Dec. 1, 2017

The snowmaking teams are working miracles in this warm weather, and starting Saturday, December 2nd Snowmass will have a connected trail from Midway unload on the Village Express Chair down to the bottom of Fanny Hill. Early season conditions still exist so take care! That said, we are excited for the new 40 acres of additional terrain, bringing our total …

Get Fired Up! Join the Party Dec. 6

Come join Aspen Skiing Company as we celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 winter season. GET FIRED UP FESTIVAL Wednesday, December 6th , 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Bumps Restaurant, Buttermilk Mountain Bring your employee pass to enter. No guests are allowed. Entertainment, food, drink and activities include: Music by DJ Naka G and Red Bull Blender bike competition Enroll with the …

Mountain Update — Nov. 30, 2017

All snow dances are welcome! Wash your cars, get your bikes out and put your trail maps in the freezer! (That is a new one…) Aspen Mountain was ‘refreshed’ with a nice layer of snowmaking Wednesday night to soften the slopes, and guns are running in new areas. The winter trails crew is working their magic each night to keep …

Mountain Update — Nov. 25, 2017

We are into the weekend and the sun is still shining. Fingers crossed that we see some colder temperatures coming early this next week, and our snowmaking teams are ready to go. Huge thanks go out to the many employees that are making this experience possible! Snowmass will continue to have great beginner terrain available with Lower Fanny Hill and …

Health Fair 2017

The Annual Health Fair is just around the corner! See the attached flyer for details. Tuesday, Nov. 28 & Wednesday, Nov. 29 6:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bumps Restaurant, Base of Buttermilk Onsite flu shots will be provided by City Market Pharmacies at no cost for ASC employees and dependents (over the age of 10, please). Bring your 2017-2018 season pass. Employees …

Employee Dinners 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! Aspen Skiing Company is offering free dinners to employees on the following dates. Please bring your ski pass. UPDATE AS OF NOV. 28: ADDITIONAL DINNERS HAVE BEEN ADDED ON DEC. 4 and 8 Friday, Nov. 24 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Bumps Monday, Nov. 27 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Treehouse Wednesday , Nov. 29 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at …

Pro Fair Events – Save the Date!

Our annual gatherings of pros will feature many learning opportunities and speakers who are sure to get you fired up for winter. The dates and locations are shown below. Click for schedule details and program descriptions. PLEASE BRING YOUR PASS TO PRO FAIR Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Basalt Middle School Friday, Dec. 8 at Aspen High School Thursday, Dec. 21 at Aspen Elementary …

Pick Up Employee and Dependent Passes

The Aspen Mountain Gondola and Two Creeks Ticket Offices are now open seven days a week. Click here for office hours and the scheduled opening of our other offices. You can pick up your 2017-2018 employee pass (a.k.a. Aspen Card) when visiting a ticket office. Additional Aspen Cards can be purchased for $5 and this fee is non-refundable. Aspen Cards from …

Aspen Snowmass Resort Partners

Our partners are key to enhancing the guest experience in Aspen. They allow us to host many of the great events we have throughout the year, offer our visitors even more opportunities to engage with the mountains, and provide amazing deals to our employees. Take a minute to enlighten yourself on who we align with so you can share those …

Snowmass 50th Anniversary

Friday, December 15, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Snowmass as a ski area and there are many activities going on that weekend. One special offer that has been widely promoted is the $6.50 single-day lift ticket for use on Friday at Snowmass only – the price of the original lift ticket on December 15, 1967. With more than 10,000 …

Sign Up for Work Ready 2017

All Work Ready events are posted on the Mind, Body, Spirit (MBS) website. No other events will be added, so log in and register for your spot today http://asc-mbs.com/wr-calendar/ Are you ready for Work Ready? All criteria must be met to successfully complete each piece of your Work Ready assessment. New this year is the option to do a 30 …