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J-1 visas, which normally bring more than 800 seasonal workers to the Roaring Fork Valley each year, are still on hold following an executive order from President Donald Trump in June. Some local businesses were holding out hope that J-1 workers could come at the beginning of the new year, as the order was originally set to expire at the end of December.

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For the first time since Coronavirus ended the season early in March, lifts will be taking skiers and snowboarders up Aspen Mountain and Snowmass this week. Both mountains are set to open on Wednesday, but pandemic safety measures will make the experience look a bit different.

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This winter in Aspen will look a lot less international. Every year, more than 800 seasonal workers come to the Roaring Fork Valley as part of the J-1 visa program. After the Trump administration put a hold on the cultural exchange program in June, local businesses are scrambling to hire enough people for peak season, and hopeful workers are left stuck abroad.

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Drive-in movies have seen a comeback this summer thanks to COVID-19 public health protocols, but the most recent films playing at Buttermilk’s drive-in theatre as part of The Meeting FilmFest have audiences dreaming of winter. 

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The scheduled start of the Colorado ski season is only about three months away – and with snow falling on the tops of nearby peaks just this week, it’s hard not to wonder what a winter on the slopes is going to look like during a pandemic. 

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When COVID-19 shut down schools, businesses and ski resorts back in March, Aspen Skiing Company employees also found themselves sitting at home. They decided to use the time to write and produce an original song called “See You,” which will be available for download on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music this week.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

For a ski rental shop at the base of Aspen Mountain, winter means big business when the resort opens. But right now, it’s pretty hard to say exactly what challenges will come with a mid-pandemic ski season.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Skiing Company is giving credit to 2019-2020 passholders after this winter’s season was cut short due to COVID-19. Passholders can receive up to $250 in credit for a non-chamber premier pass, but credit value is tiered for different passes, according to a release.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado’s ski resorts are closed by order of the Governor, but some adventurous residents are still “uphilling” by hiking or skinning up the slopes. On Friday, Vail Resorts shut down uphill access at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte. Sunlight Mountain in Glenwood Springs did the same Sunday.

Elise Thatcher

The Valley Health Alliance is a group of six of the largest employers in the Roaring Fork Valley. They've joined together to lower healthcare costs for employees and their dependents -- currently, about 6,000 people.

Alex Hager / Aspen Public Radio

This story was updated at 12 p.m. Tuesday to include more details about the upcoming opening.

It’s official, skiing in Aspen will be getting started early for the second year in a row. The Aspen Skiing Company announced Monday that Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will both open for daily operations on Saturday, Nov. 23. That date is five days ahead of the originally scheduled opening day.

Skico's Pandora Expansion Still Alive

Oct 28, 2019
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy

This Fall, The Aspen Skiing Company's (Skico) proposal to expand skiing into the Pandora area of Aspen Mountain was halted when county commissioners said no to a zoning change for the project. But Aspen Journalism’s Environmental Editor Elizabeth Stewart-Severy says Skico is asking to go back to the planning commission stage to try and keep the project alive.

Tyler Hamm Dies In Snowmass Terrain Park Accident

Feb 11, 2019
Aspen Skiing Company

Tyler Hamm, 20, died Sunday while snowboarding in the Snowmass Makaha Terrain Park. Hamm lived in Snowmass Village and worked for the Aspen Skiing Company at the Lynn Britt Cabin, an on-mountain restaurant near where the accident occured.

The Aspen Skiing Company announced a brand-new music festival at Buttermilk last week. "The Apres" will bring three days of performances from Umphrey’s McGee and The String Cheese Incident to town later this spring.  

Aspen Mtn To Open With Top-To-Bottom Skiing Saturday

Nov 13, 2018
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Skiing Company expects top-to-bottom skiing when Aspen Mountain opens Saturday.

Air Time - Oct. 17, 2018

Oct 17, 2018

This is Air Time, extended conversations with interesting people.

SkiCo Asks Visitors To 'Give A Flake'

Sep 5, 2018
Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company announced Wednesday that it is once again stepping into the political arena with its latest advertising campaign; this season’s marketing focuses on climate change.

SkiCo Proposes New Snowmaking At Snowmass

Aug 23, 2018
U.S. Forest Service

After a slow start to last ski season, Aspen Skiing Company wants to continue to develop its snowmaking capacity.


The Reporter Two Way: ACRA community updates

Apr 12, 2018
Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

  Each year, the Aspen Chamber Resort Association holds a community breakfast to look back at the winter season and forward to new business and tourism projects.

Alycin Bektesh / Aspen Public Radio News

The Aspen Skiing Company will present its long-term plan for Aspen Mountain to the public Wednesday night.

SkiCo braces for dry conditions, possible closures

Jan 2, 2018
Courtesy of Christy Severy

Aspen Skiing Company canceled the Full Moon Dinner that was scheduled at Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse Restaurant on Tuesday, as safety concerns are growing on area mountains.

SkiCo's Environment Foundation gives grants for energy, education

Dec 27, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio News

Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation announced yesterday that, in its 20th year, it’s giving out more than $90,000 in grants.

SkiCo's Schendler wins 'Moving Mountains' award

Dec 25, 2017

Aspen Skiing Company vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler is getting recognition in the industry for his work on climate awareness.


Valley Roundup: A year in review- Dec. 22, 2017

Dec 22, 2017

This week, we look back at the defining news events of 2017.

The Reporter Two-Way: Snowmaking consumption

Dec 18, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

December is ski season, with or without much natural snow. Aspen Skiing Company has relied on man-made snow to open local ski areas, but this comes with a cost.

Service members and vets to celebrate 'Military Ski Week'

Dec 13, 2017
Go Snowmass

This week, service members and veterans will gather in Aspen and Snowmass for Challenge America’s first-ever Military Ski Week.

Aspen Highlands opening delayed

Dec 6, 2017
Stay Aspen Snowmass

Aspen Highlands won’t open this week as planned. Instead, it’ll open Dec. 16.

Lineup for Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series announced

Dec 5, 2017

The lineup for Aspen Skiing Company’s Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series was announced this week.

SkiCo donates to local mental health initiatives

Nov 23, 2017
Aspen Skiing Company

Aspen Skiing Company's brand-new philanthropic venture, the Caring for Community Fund, awarded $35,000 to 10 local organizations this week. Many of its recipients work throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to provide mental health services.

The Reporter Two-Way: Thanksgiving skiing

Nov 20, 2017
Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Aspen Skiing Company plans to open Aspen Mountain and Snowmass for limited skiing on Thanksgiving Day, but there’s not much snow.