The Aspen-area resorts - Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, and Snowmass - have a simple improvement guaranteed to make your life easier: Bye-bye lift tickets. What you will now get is a plastic card with a chip inside that detects when you move through the lift line. No need to dig through pockets to find a pass or ticket. It's easy, and part of the $8 million in on-mountain improvements made by the Aspen Skiing Company this season.

The Aspen Skiing Company has invested more than $130 million over the previous six seasons at its four resorts: Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands. That includes 11 new lifts with two new gondolas, three new restaurants, additional terrain, the new Snowmass base village, and the impressive Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center at Snowmass.

It doesn't stop at Aspen's sister resort. This season the Viceroy Snowmass will open as the anchor hotel for the new $1 billion base village at Snowmass. The LEED Silver-certified hotel will have 152 guest rooms, a 7,000-square-foot spa, and a fine dining restaurant and café.

Aspen/Snowmass will continue to host world-class events including the Women's FIS World Cup Alpine ski races in November and the ESPN Winter X Games in January. That contract has been extended at Buttermilk through 2012. Closing out the season will be the CoverGirl Snow Angels Invitational in April.

Aspen pass prices go up Nov. 13. Options are available with the Aspen Pass, the Premier Pass, the Flex Pass, and the Escape Pass. It depends on whether you'll ski every day, or once a week. There is a pass for all levels. The Aspen Skiing Company also offers Season Pass Insurance. 

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