The lack of snowfall in Aspen forced Ferrari to modify its first winter driving school and to refund money to several participants as it had become impossible to maintain an ice and snow course. Ferrari’s plan was to host a winter driving school on six straight weekends starting in January but due to relatively warm temperatures, the plan had to be canceled.
A Ferrari representative said that last Friday, the automaker started an alternative program that spans around 350 miles of driving through mountain passes and winding roads in locations around Aspen, such as Glenwood Springs, Marble and Paonia.
To participate in the two-day program, a fee of $11,300 per person had to be paid. The participant gets a lodge with classrooms, a place for hospitality and catering, and a two-night stay at the Little Nell Hotel, and some instructional training. About 40 drivers have signed up for this revised program.
Last October, Ferrari announced the launch of this two-day program that is patterned after its “European Pilota On Ice” program. Ferrari offers this program three times a year at the Dolomite mountains in Italy, with a price of around €15,000 for each participant.
This program started in 2009. Ferrari concierge Jeff Garlock said that this class composed of 12-15 students is taught how to drive Ferraris on snow and ice. What Ferrari planned originally was for the school to take place on a mile-long course made of snow and ice on private land about 15 to 20 minutes outside of Aspen.
Ferrari provided details about the driving school last year. Back then, Ferrari’s program project manager Andrew Torris said that he expects maybe 10 people to join the program but by the middle of January, all of the sessions in the program had been sold out.