Skiing and Gear
Pass Deals: One way to score a great ski-pass deal (as in free) is to get a job with the Aspen Skiing Company (known locally simply as Skico). Typically there are a wide range of openings pre-season, including part-time positions.
Ski Swaps, Summer Sales and Second-Hand Deals: The prices for new gear in the stores here may tend to the stratospheric, but in fact the valley is awash in great ski equipment and apparel at rock-bottom prices. I just landed used but completely servicable cross-country skis, poles and boots for my daughter for a grand total of $4! Among the summer sales to watch for is the one at Obermeyer.
If you move to the Valley in the summer, the impulse to “gear up” for ski season at the numerous 50% off summer sales can be strong. My advice?… wait til Fall to find your gear at 75% off at the local ski swaps. Glenwood’s ski swap is in mid-October, Basalt has one in late October and Aspen’s is in early November. What will you find at these ski swaps? Everything! Many ski stores bring their leftover inventory to the swaps and sell it for 75-80% off last season’s price. You can find ski gloves for $10, hats for $5, ski coats for $50, new and rental ski packages from $150, boots for $100. (If you are shopping for kid’s ski suits, I would buy those at the summer store sales, however, since they are scarce at the ski swaps. There are great deals on kids’ ski equipment at the swaps, though). If you are looking for Cross Country ski equipment, that can be found at the Aspen Swap (Ute Mountaineer sells off last season’s rental equipment at this swap). Check the local papers for location/time for the various swaps, they are well-promoted.