The 2017/2018 winter season marks the 50th anniversary of the Snowmass Ski Area. Snowmass Tourism, together with Aspen Skiing Company and others, are creating a season-long celebration in commemoration of the anniversary. Celebrations include vintage, 1967 lift ticket pricing of $6.50 on Friday, December 15, 2017, a festive weekend of anniversary activities from December 15-17, 2017, and additional fun events throughout the season.

“A group of us from Snowmass Tourism and Aspen Skiing Company, plus interested community members, have been planning the overall outline of these events since October,” said Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “We want to get the word out locally about the plans so that lodges and business owners can start to think of ways that they can also participate to make the weekend, and the whole season, special.”

“It is a thrill for me to be here and to be a part of this celebration of 50 years in Snowmass,” says Steve Sewell, General Manager Snowmass Ski Area. “This mountain means so much to so many people and there are generations of families that have grown up here. We are excited to celebrate with them on the anniversary weekend and all season long.”

Anniversary Weekend Events

Friday, December 15, 2017 marks Snowmass Ski Area’s 50th anniversary. To celebrate the day, Aspen Skiing Company is offering single-day lift ticket pricing of $6.50, the price that was charged on opening day in 1967. Tickets are valid only on December 15th and only on Snowmass. A retro party will occur at Elk Camp on Friday night and special 50th anniversary entertainment, followed by fireworks over Fanny Hill.

Saturday, December 16, marks the return of the memorable Banana Days, but with a modern twist. The day will also feature a 50th Anniversary Golden Gala at The Viceroy. A film, currently in development, celebrating 50 years of Snowmass will debut during the gala.

Sunday, December 17, boasts a day of vintage skiing and riding with a special Cabin Jump and Rail Jam and on-mountain community picnic at the Spider Sabich Picnic and Race Area.

Season-Long Celebrations

There will be numerous ways for locals and visitors to celebrate throughout the season. Examples include:

· New gold signs will mark all of the original trails on the mountain. The golden signs will remain on mountain for the 2017/2018 ski season and into the future.
· Monthly 50th anniversary firework displays over Fanny Hill.
· A new mural in Base Village, courtesy of East West Partners, will feature a fun and informative timeline of the history of Snowmass.
· A Facebook page will debut, dedicated to the history of Snowmass and to re-connecting those for whom Snowmass is special. The page is spearheaded by Snowmass local Britta Gustafson.
· Official 50th anniversary merchandise, designed by Aspen Skiing Company, will be available for sale throughout the season.

“This will be a great moment for Snowmass — to celebrate the past especially as we envision our future as the new Base Village takes shape,” said Abello. “We are all working on other ideas including social media promotions, reunions, special 50th prix fixe dinners and more. The ideas that have come out of this committee are incredible and we look forward to working with the community to bring them to life.”

The Snowmass 2017/2018 winter season is scheduled to begin on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and to close on April 15, 2018. More information on the 2017/2018 season and details on the Snowmass 50th anniversary will be released soon. To get involved with Snowmass’ 50th anniversary, please contact pr@snowmasstourism.com.