Aspen Skiing Co. will be recruiting about 1,200 new employees with a higher base pay for the upcoming winter season

The Aspen Times reports the minimum hourly wage for company employees will be $13.50, up from $12 last season.

The state’s minimum wage is currently $10.20 an hour.

The company has raised employees’ base pay each year for the past few years but this bump is larger than the ones in the past.

Aspen Skiing Co. spokesman Jeff Hanle says the pay raise creates a ripple effect because returning employees who started at $12 hour last year will be bumped up to the $13.50 wage.

Aspen Skiing continues to offer benefits, including a ski pass, health insurance and deep retail discounts.

The company is planning two job fairs this fall — Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.

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