Lake Christine Fire update and Temporary Housing Opportunities

Dear Fellow Staff,   While the fire continues to burn, winds have been favorable and the crews have done a heroic job protecting the town of Basalt and nearby homes. As a result, there is more optimism about our prospects going forward.  While evacuations remain in place, thanks to the generosity of our ASC community, we’ve been able to house …

A Message from Jonathan — January 2018

January 20, 2018 Message from Jonathan Ballou, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, S3 Pros, I hope you and your guests are enjoying the recent expansion of terrain and the continued good work from our snow makers and grooming crews. The School is getting great reviews from our guests. Guest Satisfaction and New Promoter scores are up year over …

A Message from Jonathan — December 2017

December 1, 2017 Message from Jonathan Ballou, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, pros! I wanted to keep you posted about a few newsworthy items. Full details can be found by clicking the links below. • We’re opening additional terrain at Snowmass starting Saturday, Dec. 2. • We have the Get Fired Up! party on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:00 p.m. at …

A Message from Jonathan — November 2017

November 15, 2017 Message from Jonathan Ballou, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, pros! We’re busy preparing for winter and I’m sure you are, too. We wanted to remind you about a few upcoming events. Full details and schedules for Pro Fair events are now available. Please attend one night so you can learn about what’s happening at Aspen …

A Message from Jonathan — October 2017

October 30, 2017 Message from Jonathan Ballou, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Dear S3 Pros, management team, and staff, Welcome back for the 2017-2018 season. As you may know, our company and school recently underwent some significant structural changes. Katie Ertl has taken on the role of Senior VP, Mountain Operations and is now one of the highest ranking …

A Message From Katie, July 2017

July 24, 2017 Message from Katie Ertl, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, Pros! I hope you’re enjoying your summer. After a very dry June in the Roaring Fork Valley, we are very happy to have rain falling more frequently again. Congratulations to you on an outstanding 2016/2017 winter season! Even though summer weather seemed to creep in a …

A Message From Katie, April 2017

April 9, 2017 Message from Katie Ertl, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, Pros! Happy End of Season! I’m glad we enjoyed another winter together… and it’s not quite over yet. Thank you for the time and effort that you put into making our guests’ experiences the best they could be, and for the energy that you put into yourselves …

A Message From Katie, January 2017

Message from Katie Ertl, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve been enjoying this very snowy January and finding time to get out and ride in these beautiful conditions. Congratulations on a fantastic holiday season! Thank you for the memorable experiences that you helped to create. We were up in revenue about 2% and student visits …

A Message from Katie, December 2016

Message from Katie Ertl, Managing Director, Ski & Snowboard Schools Hello, Pros! I hope you’ve been taking advantage of some early season training and free skiing/riding. Our snow conditions are really starting to shape up thanks to our mountain operations teams and Mother Nature. We have a long and busy winter ahead of us and we want every one of …

A Message From Katie, October 2016

October 2016 Message from Katie Ertl, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director Hello, everyone! Thank you for a wonderful winter season last year, and welcome to the 2016-2017 season. We are hearing rumors of excellent snow conditions in our future, and we are excited for ourselves and our guests. We are ramping up and wanted to share some information with you, …

A Message from Katie, June 2016

Kaite Ertl skiing powder

Welcome to summer….almost! We had great skiing/riding on 140 acres of snow last weekend at the top of Aspen Mountain! It was fun to see so many excited faces up there. Aspen Mountain is extending skiing/riding for June 4 and 5, 9:00am-2:00pm, so I hope to see you out there! Aspen Mountain is currently open weekends only for summer operations, …

Benefits News

Aspen Skiing Company recently announced benefits enhancements regarding sick leave (now called “wellness leave”) and introduced a new parental leave policy. “We believe these enhancements are a positive step in supporting our employees’ overall health and wellness and will help to bring our Guiding Principles to life in a meaningful way for all of us,” said Jim Laing, Vice President …

In Remembrance

Nikolai Petkov 10/4/1993 – 5/9/2016 The Schools mourn the passing of Nikolai Petkov, who died May 9 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident at the age of 22. Nikolai was hired by Aspen Skiing Company in December 2012 and worked as a ski pro for four seasons. He also worked as a Camp Aspen Snowmass counselor and downhill mountain …

Provide Your Feedback — 2015/2016 Survey

Welcome to the S3 Lead Pro and Manager/Coordinator Surveys! Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback for our team for the 2015/2016 season. The intent of these surveys is to provide us with feedback from a variety of co-workers at different levels within the school. We want to hear opinions and feedback from peers and cohorts. We conduct …

A Message From Katie, January 2016

Kaite Ertl skiing powder

Hello! I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! The holiday season went extremely well thanks to all of the hard work and fun that you injected into each day. Thank you for being available and so professional! There are three months left in our winter season and I know you still have a lot to offer, but …

ASC-MBS: Your Wellness Support System

Aspen Skiing Company’s Mind Body Spirit Program offers free fitness classes and wellness services to help keep you healthy and strong all year long. Visit asc-mbs.com to learn about upcoming events plus get great recipes…all designed to get you in shape and keep you in shape so you can work and play on the hill and off for many years …

Staying Safe and Continuing the Safety Conversation

Everyone is doing a great job this season as far as safety is concerned. Thank you for taking this conversation seriously. In the schools, we have had fewer incidents year-to-date than last year, which means more of our pros are healthy, working and playing! As of mid-January 2015, we had 23 injuries in the pro body for the 2014-2015 winter …

Buttermilk Deluxe 2016

Buttermilk Deluxe private lessons began January 18, 2016 and run through February 5, 2016. Please remember that: It is exactly half the cost of an in-resort all day private, so 50% off. It can ONLY be taught at Buttermilk. Pros from other mountains are able to book and teach this product but must scan at Buttermilk only. Pros do not …

Reminders: Rostering and Scheduling

Thank you for putting the time in to ensure your schedule is accurate and your guests are rostered every day. Please continue to recognize how important this is for the company’s processes behind the scenes. Rostering: Roster your guests every day…it is your work report! A roster is the audit trail so that you can get paid and the company can keep track of it …

Employee Passes Now Available

Employee and Dependent passes are being issued now. Please see below for the Ticket Office schedules. As a reminder, every pass holder, including employees, is eligible for one complimentary Aspen (RF) Card per season. Employees will receive their Aspen Card when they initially pick up their employee pass. Additional Aspen Cards can be purchased for $5 and this fee is …

Take Your Work Ready Assessment

The Aspen Skiing Company’s Mind Body Spirit (MBS) program offers health and wellness programming, including free fitness classes and tools to help you stay healthy. As part of the MBS program, employees are required to take a Work Ready assessment each year to ensure they are fit to do the physical tasks associated with their jobs. Now is the time …

Make Time to Pick Up Your Uniform!

We have new uniforms this season, so everyone needs to get in to try on all of the pieces. Please have your 2015-2016 Employee Pass, a credit card, and long underwear for trying on pieces. You will need these items in order to get your uniform. You can show up during “drop in dates” or make an appointment online. DROP …

Enjoy a Healthy Winter – Free Flu Shots for Employees and Dependents

You have many opportunities to get a free flu shot and protect yourself before the winter even starts! City Market Pharmacies: Pick up a voucher at a Human Resources office at Aspen Highlands or The Little Nell to use at a City Market Pharmacy. You can also use your 2015-2016 Employee Pass. Participating City Market Pharmacies are located in Aspen, …

Remembering Karen Lyons

It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Karen Lyons passed away on October 1, 2015. She was not alone and had a peaceful passing. Karen fought a courageous, multi-year battle with cancer. She taught skiing for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass for 15 years and we were fortunate to have had her on our …

Make Your Work Ready Appointment Now

A key component of our Mind Body Spirit (MBS) wellness program is the annual physical fitness assessment known as Work Ready. The goal of Work Ready is to ensure that employees are able to safely and successfully fulfill the physical aspects of their jobs. Work Ready provides a professionally developed process that is designed to be fair and consistent. It …

2015-2016 Uniform Pickup — Plan Ahead!

The Wardrobe Department is here to help employees with their outfitting needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind for this fall’s uniform pickup: Every employee needs a current employee pass (2015-2016 season) and a credit card to pick up a uniform. We are moving to new uniforms so everyone will need to try on pieces to get …

Get Fit, Stay Fit with ASC-MBS

Our Mind Body Spirit (MBS) wellness program offers free fitness classes all year long. Currently, classes being offered include yogalates, TRX and group bike rides. Don’t miss out! Be sure to check the schedule and sign up for classes by logging in to www.ASC-MBS.com.

New Pay Grid

As you may have heard, we are simplifying the S3 Pay Grid. We had several meetings last spring, sent out a survey with information, and had some great conversations. The new pay grid for the 2015-2016 winter season is shown below. We look forward to seeing the results as we move into this coming season. Please reach out if you …

ProCard Improvements Being Considered

ProCard continues to be a key tool that pros will use to manage their schedules and view important information, such as payroll. We are looking at making a few improvements and will provide you with an update in advance of the winter season opening.

In Memoriam

We were so very unfortunate and saddened to have lost three amazing fellow pros this summer. We will cherish having known them, and can be proud of the fact that they were part of such a supportive and loving group in the Schools. Snowmass snowboard pro Chase Bowlby passed away on Friday, June 12, 2015. Chase grew up in the …

REMINDER: Return Uniform by May 1

Please remember to return your uniform on or before May 1, 2015. After that, late fees will apply and uniform returns will be by appointment only. The Wardrobe Department is located at the Aspen Airport Business Center, building 407, and is currently open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please make sure your uniform is clean and dry …

Worker’s Compensation Incidents

We have been tracking our Worker’s Compensation incidents again this year, and, similar to last year, we are sharing information for the possibility of learning. You can see the full list with potential awareness opportunities listed by clicking here. We would like to hear from you if you have ideas to share on how we can learn, grow, and stay …

New Uniforms Next Season

We will be getting new Ski & Snowboard Schools uniforms next season! It has not been finalized, but we are closing in on the final order. You can see a graphic of the colors by clicking here. We have received feedback from pros on the prototype and will be implementing some of the changes as we go forward.

ProCard: New Functions

We have some new functions available in ProCard! Please log in and check them out! • On the homepage there is a small icon in the lower left corner. If you click on that you can access our Pro Booking form. • We have a new button titled Performance. This shows Payroll and Teaching metrics. Attached is a document with …

Free Classes from MBS Wellness Program

Free wellness classes, including yoga, TRX and pilates, will continue to be offered in April and throughout the spring, summer and fall. Please note that classes will be moving from Hotel Lenado to the Hideout at Buttermilk starting in April. Check the MBS website http://asc-mbs.com (use default password Mbs2014! if you’ve never logged in before) to register for available classes, and look for …

Pro Pay Grid redevelopment

Hello! Spring is here and we have a new topic to discuss!   I have been hearing from pros over the past 6 years about some changes that they would like to see in the Pro Pay Grid. As well, we have been considering what it might take to keep our Pro Pay Grid sustainable as we move into the …

Return Uniforms No Later Than May 1

Friday, May 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. is the deadline to return uniforms. After May 1, late fees will apply and uniform returns will be by appointment only. The Uniform Department is located at the Aspen Airport Business Center and is currently open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. As of March 30 and going through May 1, 2015, Monday …

Please Provide Feedback by March 27

Welcome to the S3 Lead Pro and Manager/Coordinator Surveys! Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback for our team for the 2014/15 season. The intent of this survey is to provide us with feedback from a variety of co-workers at different levels within the school. We want to hear opinions and feedback from peers and cohorts. We conduct …

Early Season Notes: Safety, Pro Fair and Training!

A message from Katie Ertl, Ski & Snowboard Schools Managing Director, Aspen Skiing Company Welcome to the 2014/2015 season! I hope you are enjoying it so far. I wanted to point out a few things as our season gets off to a fast start: Safety First It is only the beginning of December, so early season conditions prevail. As you …

New Uniform Prototypes Being Tested Now

You will see some prototypes of the new Ski & Snowboard Schools uniforms on the hill over the next few weeks. We are interested in hearing your feedback. Managers are working with pros to get you into the prototypes and collect your input. The above shows our color scheme in the men’s model. Women’s will be the same colors but …