Originally published Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:16 AM

The ultimate ticket: Aspen offers $25,000 ski pass

Colorado ski resort offers a $25,000 "first tracks" pass, with part of the money going to charity.

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ASPEN, Colo. — Want first crack at the runs in Aspen? It's yours for a hefty price.

The Aspen Skiing Co. is offering an "Ultimate Ski Pass" that gives unlimited first tracks before chairlifts open to the public — for $25,000.

The exclusive passes also allow holders to meet members of the U.S. Women's Ski Team when they race in Aspen on Thanksgiving weekend. And they include breakfast with Aspen native Bill Marolt, president of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

The Ultimate Ski Passes have perks for more than just the few who can afford them. Proceeds from the pricey passes will be split between supporting public schools and helping present events tied to World Cup ski racing in Aspen.

It's the third year the ski resort has sold the high-cost ski passes. Aspen Skiing Co. says it is offering 18 of the passes this season and has sold one, The Aspen Times reported. "We've typically sold two or three (of the passes per season) so we don't have an expectation that we will sell them all," said Matt Hamilton, Skico director of sustainability.

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