Welcome back! It's time to hit the hills again this year for Kiss The Sky. If you've played here then you know and if you haven't, read carefully. The Kiss The Sky Course plays at 11,212 feet at the top of Aspen Mountain. We are at the mercy of the weather and the gondola. The reason we play just one round per day is that the rounds take a while. This is not a normal round of golf as we play up and down the top portion of Aspen Ski Area. It's as much a hike in the mountains as it is a round of disc golf. So that means be prepared! Sunscreen (you're closer to the sun), Water (you need more than normal), Weather (anything can happen very fast), Shoes (have good supportive footwear). Even though the morning may look good you still need protection in case bad weather hits.
Play needs to proceed in a timely manner because the gondola closes at 4:30 pm. That's the last ride down and you probably don't want to walk down. We provide lunches on the mountain that you will pick up as you play your round and eat as you play your round. One big happy picnic. The field is one of the biggest we've had so it will be important to work together looking for discs and in some cases leave the looking for later when you know there's more time. We will go over some of the special rules we use on this course at the player meeting.
Doubles is typically open for anyone and not restricted to just tournament players. There is no additional charge for this event and there will not be a cash payout but we will have some prizes. It's a good chance to see the majority of the course and get acclimated. For those of you that have paid for a lift ticket in advance you can pick that up anytime on Friday or maybe even before. The staff at the Silver Queen Gondola ticket office now has the list of those that have pre-paid for lift tickets. We highly recommend the everyone try to get their lift tickets if needed by Friday--even if you do not play the afternoon round of doubles. We need to be timely loading the gondola as soon as it opens on Saturday and the ticket window does not open until the gondola starts running at 10am.
We try to get started with Doubles at around 1pm on Friday. This is just a round of the normal 18 holes at the top of the mountain. It will not include the 3 extra holes we'll have set-up for the weekend rounds. Hopefully they will be there and playable if you'd like however.
For Saturday and Sunday
Generally we try to have lunch available at the Gazebo around Hole #1 by 11:30am each day. That means the next hole you play close to that you pick up your lunch and continue on to the next hole. Typically you have some wait times anyway on some of the long downhills and that allows you a chance to grab a bite or two.