As inevitable as the change of seasons, the annual announcements of ski lift price increases has begun with Aspen Skiing Co. announcing price increases of up to $50 for early purchase of 2013-14 season passes.  The resort company is offering its Premier Pass at a cost of $1,649 if purchased before Sept. 13.

Passes good for one day a week will cost $899, up $20, and passes for two days a week are priced at $1,329, up $40.  Members of the Aspen Chamber of Commerce receive a discount.

What is not obvious until just before you hit the purchase button is that any pass, other than a single day lift ticket, requires that you agree to waive your rights. Every season we hear from folks who have suffered severe injuries due to the negligence of ski resort employees – but for those skiing on a pass, the waiver prevents the pursuit of a claim.  Be certain to carefully read all documents associated with such a purchase and consider the consequences of signing away your legal rights.

Passes went on sale this week but prices will rise on Sept. 14 and again on Nov. 9.  The passes are honored at all four of SkiCo’s mountains: Aspen, Snowmass, Highlands and Buttermilk.  Aspen and Snowmass are scheduled to open Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day. Highlands and Buttermilk are set to open Dec. 14.

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