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The first-ever Ferrari winter driving school in America got off to a rough start after the weather failed to cooperate. Warm temperatures across the continent (global warming?), and Aspen in particular, have made it impossible to maintain an ice and snow course on which the Italian exotics were to drive.
Ferrari originally planned to have six consecutive weekends of winter driving schools beginning in January, but that plan was thrown out the window once warmer weather conditions prevailed. This past Friday, the Italian automaker offered an alternative program that covers 350 miles of driving in the areas around Aspen, giving students the experience of driving through mountain passes and winding roads.
The winter driving school was originally announced back in October 2011 and was modeled after the “European Pilota On Ice” two-day program. That program is held in the Dolomite mountains in Italy three times a year and has been ongoing since 2009. The program at Aspen cost $11,300 per person, and was also a two-day program that featured a lodge with classrooms, hospitality and catering, two nights stay at the Little Nell Hotel, instructional training, and plenty of Ferrari goodies.
The original program was to be done on a mile-long course made of snow and ice on private land 15 to 20 minutes outside of Aspen. But now, approximately 40 drivers are participating in the revised program due to the lack of snow and ice.
Ferrari hasn’t announced how many people were refunded compared to the number of participants opting for the other program, but back in mid-January the winter driving school program had sold out of each of its sessions. By our calculations, approximately 60 to 72 drivers could fill up the six sessions, so less than half of the participants asked for their money back rather than opting for the other program.
[Source: Aspen Daily News]