Arapahoe Basin ushers in the 2019-20 ski/snowboard season with “happy hour” every Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. through December 22. The high-elevation area just west of the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel is selling $20 lift tickets for those two precious hours. What’s happy hour with a beverage and nibbles deal? Not much, so the 6th Alley Bar and Grill at the base area is selling $5 draft beers and $5 appetizers those days as well. The first terrain openings are the intermediate High Noon run and two features on the Banana Terrain Park open. The intermediate Ramrod run is set to be the next to open, presumably after this weekend’s storms.
Mountain Resorts & Towns
Copper Mountain’s season passes offer all the more value now with three FREE days at Taos Ski Valley, N.M., and FREE skiing at Grand Targhee, Wyo., with a purchase of accommodations through Grand Targhee Lodging. Whether or not you’ve skied Taos before, this is the year to do so. New ownership has brought the wherewithal to make dramatic improvements, most notably the installation of the new Kachina Peak chairlift, unloading at 12,450 feet and increasing the skiable terrain by 50%. From Denver, Taos is roughly 280 miles — just 50 or so miles farther than Crested Butte. Grand Targhee, located at the Wyoming-Idaho border, is a longer drive (or a flight either to Jackson or Idaho Falls), but it is worth for powderhounds who avoid crowds. Also, Copper Passholders get FREE skiing and riding at five other Powdr-operated resorts: Boreal, Calif.; Killington, Vt.; Mt Bachelor Resort, Ore.; Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, Nev. Adult prices are Copper Pass, $389, and the new Secret! Copper Pass, $489. Prices for new season passes and renewals are the same, so guests are not penalized for not having a Copper pass in the past.
Even tony Aspen can be an affordable getaway. Camp or use your favorite site to book economical accommodations. Bar food, picnicking and happy hour bring down the cost of restaurant meals. The city’s newest restaurant is the A$pen Dollar Bar (no website yet), which offers $6 nightly dinner specials and other entrées only $9-$12. Food served till midnight. 301 E Hopkins, 970-429-4218. ♦ Save gas and spare yourself the parking hassles by using RFTA buses, which are FREE throughout Aspen, to Snowmass and Maroon Lake, one of the nation’s most beautiful, most photographed scenes and a key gateway to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. Book at least two nights of lodging and get a FREE 3-day WE-cycle bike share pass for any number of 30-minute uses. Click here or call 888-649-5982 and ask about the Free Bike Rental Package. ♦ Admission to the Aspen Art Museum is FREE and will still be free after the new museum opens next month. Closed Mondays. E. Hyman and S. Spring, 970-925-8050. [Read more…] about Aspen IS Affordable in Summer