Aspen Skiing Company announced that the Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain will be free to the public this weekend, the final weekend of Aspen’s summer operations.
The recent federal government shutdown closed the road to vehicles at the Maroon Bells near Aspen, so Aspen Skiing Company decided to run the gondola for free so you can see the peaking fall foliage from on high.
“The Bells may be closed but the bucket’s open,” said Rich Burkley, vice president of mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company. “We know people come to Colorado from all over the world this time of year to see the stunning scenery and with the road closure and the difficulty of access for many people, this gives our guests a chance to view forests blanketed in gold and crimson from the summit of Aspen Mountain. We are hopeful for a quick resolution as we know many in our community and around the country are negatively affected by the shutdown.”
The Silver Queen gondola is a scenic 14-minute ride to the top of Aspen Mountain. The Sundeck will remain open for food and drinks, and there will be live music on Sunday with the Goodman band.
The gondola will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 and Sunday, Oct. 6. Four-Mountain Sports will also be open for bike rentals for biking up to the Maroon Bells this weekend. For more information go to www.aspensnowmass.com/now.