Aspen Skiing Company (ASC) has announced season pass prices for the 2000/2001 season. This year, passholders who purchase their pass by September 1 enjoy a Premier Pass for less than last season’s rates and the same rates on all other season passes.

ASC offers three timelines for individual and chamber-member pass purchases: Super Early, which offer’s the best rates on all season passes, and must be purchased before September 1; early, for passes purchased through October 28; and regular for passes purchased after October 28.

The Premier Pass, a full-season, four-mountain pass, is also valid for any operating dates prior to or after the scheduled season, as well as summer lifts at both Ajax and Snowmass. Premier passholders also enjoy fifteen percent off food at the Cliffhouse and Cafe West at Buttermilk; and Up 4 Pizza, the restaurant at Sam’s Knob and Cirque Café at Snowmass.

Individuals who purchase the Premier Pass before September 1 pay 1,299 dollars (100-dollars off the 1999/2000 rate), while chamber members pay 949 dollars (30 dollars off the 1999/2000 rate). All other season passes — including the snowboard, two-day/week, one-day/week, Buttermilk only, Highlands only and the Highlander — will be offered at last year’s rates when purchased during Super Early and Regular season.

Early season rates are slightly discounted from Regular season prices. No passes are priced higher than last year’s regular rates. “We’re holding the line on this year’s season-pass prices and on the Premier Pass we’re dropping our rates for those who buy early,” said John Norton, ASC Chief Operating Officer. “We hope these prices will encourage everyone to buy a pass, get out more often and enjoy the mountains.”

All season passholders are entitled to unlimited locals’ clinics for only 99 dollars (scheduled dates will be available after August 10) and 50 percent off film processing at Aspen Mountain Photo. Two-day/week passholders can buy additional “powder insurance” days for 59 dollars for two days or 99 dollars for four days. Highlands-only pass buyers can purchase a seasonal locker at the base for onl 99 dollars (while they last). The twenty-day pass will be offered for 780 dollars (at 39-dollars-a-day, a significant decrease from last year’s rate of 929 dollars) to mirror the back-by-popular-demand Millennium ticket pricing of 39 dollars a day for a six-day or greater lift ticket when purchased by December 1.

For details and to purchase lift tickets, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

Editor’s Note: Remember not to bring your snowboard to Ajax Mountain, which remains one of the five U.S. resorts with a snowboarding ban.