Aspen gas prices $1.39 per gallon more than Glenwood Springs
The Aspen Times
People who decided to drive to Aspen for a ski vacation but missed filling their gas tank in Glenwood Springs are probably suffering sticker shock — as locals do every time they buy gas.
While prices have plunged below $2 per gallon in many parts of Colorado, they remained above $3 per gallon for regular unleaded in Aspen. Even in Basalt and El Jebel, prices are more than 50 cents above the Colorado average.
Gasbuddy.com reported this week that the average retail gasoline prices in Colorado are $1.86 per gallon, according to a survey of 2,158 gas outlets in the state. The national average remained at $2 per gallon.
In Colorado, prices as of Dec. 27 were 33.3 cents per gallon lower than on the same day one year ago, the website reported.
In the Roaring Fork Valley, savvy gas buyers fill their tanks in Glenwood. The price difference between the highest gas in Aspen and the lowest in Glenwood Springs is $1.39 per gallon.
The Shell station at the Locals’ Corner in Aspen charged $3.39 per gallon Tuesday, according to online data supplied by price checkers to gasbuddy.com. The Conoco station downtown was charging $3.34 per gallon while the Conoco at the Airport Business Center was at $2.95 per gallon.
The midvalley stations provided a little relief at the pumps. The Valero station at the Basalt Store was charging $2.47 per gallon Tuesday. The Phillips 66 station downtown was charging $2.41, while the 7-Eleven was at $2.39.
Prices was higher just 4 miles down the road. The Conoco at the Willits General Store was charging $2.55 per gallon, according to the latest report on gasbuddy.com. The Shell station in El Jebel was at $2.47 per gallon.
Prices remained high at the Shell station at Catherine Store, which was at $2.45. Drivers get better deals once they reach Carbondale. The 7-Eleven there was charging $2.15 per gallon — 24 cents less per gallon than the chain’s store 12 miles away in Basalt. The Phillips 66 in Carbondale was charging $2.17. The Valero was a $2.27.
The real gas war is in Glenwood Springs. As of Tuesday afternoon, five stations in the gasbuddy.com survey were between $1.95 and $1.99 per gallon. The leader, as usual, was the Sinclair station at 2122 Grand Ave. at $1.95.
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Doug Stenclik and Randy Young had a feeling that ski touring — everything from uphilling at ski resorts to more adventuresome trips to the backcountry — would surge in popularity, so in 2011 they took a chance and opened a shop dedicated to the niche sport. It paid off and they have continued to grow. This winter they teamed with Aspen Expeditions to take over retail operations at the base of Aspen Highlands.