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Snowmass Celebrates 50 Years with Season-Long Festivities

Celebrations Include Vintage Lift Ticket Pricing on December 15, 2017, Retro Themed Parties, Fireworks, and Much More 

Snowmass, Colo., (May 4, 2017) – The 2017/2018 winter season marks the 50th anniversary of Snowmass Ski Area. Snowmass Tourism, together with Aspen Skiing Company and others, are celebrating the Golden Anniversary with a blow-out anniversary weekend as well as season-long celebrations. Festivities include vintage, 1967 lift ticket pricing of $6.50 on Friday, December 15, 2017, a weekend of anniversary activities from December 15-17, 2017, and additional commemorative events throughout the season.

“The 50th anniversary of Snowmass Ski Area is a chance for Snowmass to celebrate the past, while looking forward to the future,” said Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “With so much rich history in Snowmass, and with such exciting things to come, the completion of the Base Village development, new, summer on-mountain activities, and more – the 2017/2018 winter season and 50th anniversary will be an incredible celebration of past, present and future.”

“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 Restaurant on Friday night, including special 50th anniversary entertainment, followed by fireworks over Fanny Hill.

Saturday, December 16, marks the return of the memorable Banana Days, an on mountain scavenger hunt with certificates for fun local prizes hidden inside plastic bananas. The day will also feature a 50th Anniversary Golden Gala at The Viceroy Snowmass Resort. 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 (where athletes jump over a log cabin), Rail Jam, and on-mountain community picnic at the Spider Sabich Picnic and Race Area.

Throughout the weekend, many restaurants in Snowmass will be offering a $19.67 and/or $50 prix fixe menu in commemoration of the anniversary.

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. The mural will surround the construction site of the new Limelight Hotel.
    • A Facebook page will debut, dedicated to the history of Snowmass and to re-connecting those for whom Snowmass is special.
    • Official 50th anniversary merchandise, designed by Aspen Skiing Company, will be available for sale throughout the season.

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 can be found here.

About Snowmass, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant mountain community just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world. In addition to unmatched natural beauty and over 300 sunny days a year, Snowmass ski resort offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. 95% ski-in/ski-out lodging, 37 restaurants, numerous shops and boutiques, a bounty of off-piste activities, and a friendly, small town feel beckon visitors year-round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.

Snowmass Tourism Media Contact: Sara Stookey, Public Relations Coordinator, Snowmass Tourism, 970-922-2285 or sstookey@SnowmassTourism.com.

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