lift ticket and lodging deals announced for aspen highlands extended season, april 18-19 and 25-26, 2009

Aspen/Snowmass, Colo., April 15, 2009 – With three feet of snow falling at Aspen Highlands during the month of April and a base of over 100 inches in Highland Bowl, the mountain will re-open the next two weekends, April 18-19 and 25-26, for skiing and riding.  Nearly a foot of snow is expected by this Friday just in time for the re-opening of the mountain.

In addition to low lift ticket prices ranging from $19 to $39, remarkable lodging deals start as low as $25 per person per night based on double occupancy in Snowmass, or as low as $37 per person per night based on double occupancy in Aspen.  Visit www.aspensnowmass.com/here   for more information.*

Stay Aspen Snowmass is also offering lift ticket and lodging packages starting at $70 per person per day based on double occupancy and lodging packages in Aspen starting at $63 per night.  Visit www.stayaspensnowmass.com for more information.*

Lift tickets are only $39 per day for adults, youth and seniors will pay $29 and children's tickets will be $19. As always children six and under ski for free. Current season passholders from any other resort in the country will pay just $19 for their lift ticket.  All Aspen/Snowmass season passes are valid as they are during the regular season.

Four-Mountain Sports at Aspen Highlands will be offering 50 percent off of rental equipment during the extended season.

The mountain will be open to the 12,382-foot summit of Highland Bowl. The Exhibition, Cloud Nine, Loge and Deep Temerity lifts will tentatively run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.** (temperature dependent) providing access to most of the mountain.

There will be a pond skim starting at noon each day with viewing from the Merry-Go-Round restaurant.  The Merry-Go-Round will have live music each day with Slightly White playing April 18-19 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  The Double Diamond Band will play the following weekend, April 25-26 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., also at the Merry-Go-Round.

Both the Merry-Go-Round restaurant and the Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro will be open for lunch.

The Highlands Parking Garage will be free but guests are encouraged to take public transportation.  Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA) will increase free shuttles during the day with up to six buses running to and from Aspen Highlands to Rubey Park each hour from 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 a.m.  Parking is also free at Buttermilk with a shuttle going to Aspen Highlands every 15 and 45 minutes past the hour from 8:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

For more on Aspen Skiing Company or the Aspen Highlands extended season, please visit www.aspensnowmass.com   or call 1-800-525-6200.

Huge savings on lift ticket and lodging packages can be found at www.stayaspensnowmass.com or by calling 1-800-298-8070.

Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk officially closed for the season on April 5 while Snowmass and Aspen Mountain closed for the 2008-2009 season on April 12.

*Rates mentioned above do not include taxes or fees.  All packages are subject to availability.  **Lift hours are subject to change and dependent upon temperature and conditions.