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WELCOME TO ASPEN GAY SKI WEEK!

We know that many of you will be visiting Aspen for the first time and we wanted to answer some of your questions ahead of time. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to email us at info[a]gayskiweek.com for more information.


COVID POLICY FOR 2022

We are determining our COVID policies based on the Pitkin County Board of Health requirements and Aspen Ski Co’s Policies. We want to have an incredible week; however, we want our attendees, staff, and community to stay healthy and safe. We are requiring ALL attendees to be vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination to attend. Currently, Pitkin County also requires masks for all indoor events. We will have more complete details as we get closer to the week of AGSW 2022 in January; however, we want to give our attendees ample time to get vaccinated or cancel their plans for a full refund.

Read Aspen Snowmass Full Vaccine Policy here: https://www.aspensnowmass.com/safety/covid19-operating-procedures

If you have questions or concerns about refunds or our policies, please email us at info[a]gayskiweek.com

LIABILITY WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS

COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION:  

There is always an inherent risk in participating in any activity. Due to the circumstances created by COVID19 and its variants, there is a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility in participating in events held or sponsored by Aspen Gay Ski Week and AspenOUT (AGSW-AO).  You are strongly urged to be fully vaccinated against COVID19 before attending this event.  As a condition of your registering for and attending this event, you hereby forever release and discharge AGSW-AO, together with its affiliated directors, board members, insurers, sponsors, volunteers, event producers and assigns from any and all liabilities, causes of action, damages, indemnities, obligations, debts, claims and demands of every kind and nature, both in law and in equity, known or unknown, fixed or contingent, based upon or in any way related to contracting COVID19 at this event. 

As a participant, volunteer, or attendee in the events held or sponsored by AGSW-AO, I agree to practice hand hygiene, “social distancing” and wear face coverings to reduce the risks of exposure to COVID-19.  Because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, AGSW-AO has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  However, AGSW-AO cannot guarantee that its participants, volunteers, partners, or others in attendance will not become infected with COVID-19.  

Individuals who fall within any of the categories below should not engage in AGSW-AO events and/or other face-to-face fundraising activities held or sponsored by AGSW-AO.  By attending, participating, or volunteering at AGSW-AO events, you certify that you do not fall into any of the following categories:    

  1. Individuals who currently or within the past fourteen (14) days have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath among others;  
  1. Individuals who believe that they may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.  

DUTY TO SELF-MONITOR: 

Participants, volunteers, and attendees agree to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and, contact AGSW-AO if symptoms of COVID-19 arise within 14 days after participating, attending, or volunteering with events held or sponsored by AGSW-AO.

 RELEASE AND WAIVER OF CLAIMS: 

I acknowledge that I derive personal satisfaction and a benefit by virtue of my participation and/or voluntarism with AGSW-AO, and I willingly engage in AGSW-AO events and/or other fundraising activities. 

I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DEMANDS OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE AGAINST AGSW-AO AND ITS AFFILIATED PARTNERS AND SPONSORS, INCLUDING IN EACH CASE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, THEIR DIRECTORS, OFFICERS, EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, AND AGENTS (THE “RELEASED PARTIES”), EITHER IN LAW OR IN EQUITY, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES OR LOSSES CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT OR CONDUCT OF ANY KIND ON THE PART OF  THE RELEASED PARTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DEATH, BODILY INJURY, ILLNESS, ECONOMIC LOSS OR OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES, OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY, WHICH I, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, NEXT OF KIN AND/OR LEGALLY APPOINTED OR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVES, MAY HAVE OR WHICH MAY HEREINAFTER ACCRUE ON MY BEHALF, WHICH ARISE OR MAY HEREAFTER ARISE FROM MY PARTICIPATION WITH AGSW-AO. 

ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK. I acknowledge and understand that participation, attendance, and volunteering with AGSW-AO may include possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of the Released Parties; and I hereby knowingly assume the risk of injury, harm, and loss associated with events held or sponsored by AGSW-AO, including any injury, harm, and loss caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties. 

BY ATTENDING AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITY, YOU ARE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN A FULL RELEASE OF LIABILITY TO THE RELEASED PARTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.  

1. How expensive is the event and is there a way to come that is affordable?

While Aspen can be expensive, the event itself can be affordable with our Black Diamond event pass, which gets you into all events with some exceptions. You may also volunteer for an event pass by emailing info[a]gayskiweek.com

Lodging is also a concern and we have many options between Aspen & Snowmass at all price levels. Aspen is a very small town, so any lodging that you pick will be within walking distance of all events except for the Pool Party, everyone has to take transportation to that. Contact one of our lodging experts at Stay Snowmass to find everything from hostel to luxury accommodations Click Here to Book Lodging

2. How do I get to Aspen?

There are 4 airports within 4 hours of Aspen, Colorado: Aspen/Pitkin Airport  – ASE (10min away), Eagle County Airport – EGE (1.5 hrs away), Grand Junction Airport – GJT (2.5 hrs away) & Denver Airport – DEN (4 hrs away)

All of the airports have their own set of difficulties, if it’s clear weather, Aspen is great however expensive. You can fly into all of these airports and get ground transportation or rent a car one way and drive into Aspen. Be warned, winter conditions will exist…experienced winter drivers only.

3. Will I need a car once I arrive in Aspen?

No, you can walk almost everywhere and we also have a free bus system between the 4 ski mountains in the area. you can view more information on our bus service at http://rfta.com  We also have cabs and car service available. Most hotels will also have free airport transportation if you choose to fly into Aspen as well as will drive you around town to dinner etc.

4. What should I pack? ( this we find, is the most important faq!)
Aspen has over 300 days of sunshine a year, so it won’t always be cold. Expect a mix of sun and snow during your trip. It may be cool outside, so bring a warm coat or jacket…but it will likely be warm inside, so you won’t need that heavy alpine sweater your dying to bring. Not saying that you can’t bring it, but if you wear it to dinner or dancing, you will be sweating.

You can wear jeans almost anywhere in Aspen, the dress is mostly casual. You can also dress to the nines if you like. We have plenty of fancy stores to shop for that trendy coat or top if you forget anything.

What we don’t have, however, is a good place to buy underwear or socks!

Bring a swimsuit for apres ski and for the pool party.

Bring warm boots for walking around town with a lug sole so you don’t slip, leave your loafers and heels at home if you like them. We have snow on the streets at all times.

5. Do I have to stay at the host hotel, the Limelight in order to attend apres-ski?

No, apres ski is free and open to all. They have towels and changing rooms if you choose to use the pool and hot tubs. All hotels in Aspen are within walking distance of the Limelight.

6. Do you have to be an expert skier or boarder to come to Aspen?
No, we have 4 mountains here all on one lift ticket, with tickets as low as $75 per day with a 4-day pass.

Aspen Mountain – blues, blacks, and double blacks (not a beginner mountain)

Aspen Highlands – greens, blues, blacks, and double blacks (mostly intermediate and expert terrain)

Buttermilk Mountain – greens, blues, blacks ( a great beginner mountain, but also a lot of great cruising terrain. Also the site of the Xgames, so an amazing terrain park for all of you rippers)

Snowmass Mountain – Something for everyone, by far our biggest mountain and a ton of fun for all!

All four mountains have ski school, rentals, food & beverage, and free transfer on the bus