Summer’s almost over; time to get a ski pass!

August 30, 2013

Colorado powder skiingWith Labor Day marking the semi-official end of summer, snow enthusiasts are already starting to make plans for the upcoming season. If you aren't already locked into a season pass for the winter, this holiday weekend is a good time to do some comparison shopping, as resorts will team up with retailers to offer some sweet deals.

Colorado Ski Country USA, a statewide trade group that represents all the ski areas except those owned by Vail Resorts, helpfully compiled a list of the deals, saying that, with a little research, skiers and riders can find the pass that best suits their needs and at a discounted price:

 Christy Sports Powder Daze August 23 – September 3

  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Aspen/Snowmass
  • Copper Mountain
  • Eldora Mountain Resort
  • Loveland Ski Area
  • Monarch Mountain
  • Steamboat Ski Resort
  • Winter Park

Sports Authority Sniagrab August 31 – September 15

  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Copper Mountain
  • Loveland Ski Area
  • Monarch Mountain
  • Steamboat Ski Resort
  • Ski Granby Ranch
  • Winter Park

Colorado Ski & Golf Ski Rex September 3 – September 19

  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Loveland Ski Area
  • Monarch Mountain
  • Winter Park

Season Pass Information:

Copper Mountain

Copper’s legendary Four Pack ($149) guarantees four days of skiing and riding at Copper Mountain, with no blackout dates during the 2013/2014 season. Below are early season prices for the Copper Season Pass, with no blackout dates.

  • Adults (18-69):            $369
  • Teens (13-17):            $299
  • Children (6-12):           $209
  • Seniors (65+):             $249
  • Ages five & under        free

Copper Mountain's Secret! Pass is very much like a backstage pass. With the Secret! Pass, you get a dedicated lift line at: American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Excelerator, Kokomo, Union Creek and Timberline Express. Secret! Pass holders enjoy a 15-minute head start on the American Eagle chairlift every morning, giving early-bird pass holders exclusive access to first tracks.
The only way to get a Secret! Pass is to book your lodging with Copper Mountain Resort or an official partner like Copper Colorado Condos. Or, you can pay $20 to upgrade your daily ski pass to a Secret! Pass. Copper Mountain will announce the 2013/2014 season pricing for the Secret! Pass in early November.

At $99, the Close Parking season pass bolt-on includes convenient, close-in parking at the Chapel Lot, saving pass holders from walking in their boots from a more remote lot. For more information on all Copper passes, visit

 Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin’s ski sale specials include fully transferable 4-Packs for $139. In addition, at Christy Sports’ Park Meadows location, the Elevation 4-Pass plus one half-off lift ticket for a friend will be on sale for $119. Visit for more information.


Aspen/Snowmass will be offering four-day and seven-day Classic Passes. Classic Pass holders can ski or ride for a highly reduced rate and receive discounts on extension days and summer lift access. The Classic Pass cannot be combined with any other pass. Early purchase pricing for all Classic passes is valid through October 13, 2013. Classic Passes will only be available at select sales in Colorado beginning August 22, 2013. Visit, call the Classic Pass Hotline 800-525-6200 x4475, or ask at any ticket office for sale dates and locations. 2012-2013 Classic Pass holders can renew their Classic Pass online or by phone from August 12 – November 10, 2013.


Skiers and snowboarders visiting Loveland’s booth at the first shows of the season can take advantage of some special offers, including a $10 savings on 4-Pak purchases, great deals on new gear, and special offers only available through Labor Day Weekend. Loveland 4-Paks are unique as they are actual lift tickets that can be used by anyone on any day of the 2013-2014 season. With no restrictions and no blackouts, 4-Paks are only available through November 24, 2013. Also, at the sales, skiers and riders can play Loveland Lotto for their chance to win a Season Pass, lift tickets, lesson packages, $10 Beau Jo's gift cards, limited edition Loveland head/neck scarfs and more.

Shoppers who visit Powder Daze, August 30-September 2, can save 15 percent on every Child 3-Class Pass. Additionally, if they stop by the Loveland tent at SNIAGRAB, they can save $10 on the Sports Authority’s Junior Lease Program, a season-long rental package. Everyone that enrolls their child in this program can purchase a child (6-14) Season Pass for just $100, or $69 off the regular price. For more information about season passes at Loveland, visit


Monarch will be at the sales this Labor Day offering 4-Packs for $125 at Powder Daze and 3-Packs for $99 at Sniagrab and Ski Rex. Restricted dates: 12/26 – 1/4, 1/18 - 1/19, 2-15 - 2/16, 3-10-3-21. More information on Monarch pass products can be found at


Folks attending snowboard on the block will find Powderhorn selling all of its discounted pass products, including the Powderhorn P Card, their newest direct to lift product. This $49 pass product allows the first day of skiing or riding for free and each additional day for the rest of the season at a 20 percent discount off of the window lift ticket rate. Skiers and riders with P Cards will not need to visit the ticket window; instead, the credit/debit card used to purchase the pass is charged at the discounted rate when the P Card is scanned. For more information about season passes at Powderhorn Mountain Resort, visit

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Sunlight will be giving out VIP cards, a punch card with five punches. Each day provides a savings over the price at the ticket window and the fifth punch gives the guest a free day at Sunlight. In addition, Sunlight will be selling lift ticket packages where each day offers progressively more savings over the price at the window. For more information about season passes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, visit


Steamboat will be attending Powder Daze and Sniagrab and will be offering 3-Packs for $99, restricted 12/26 – 1/10. More information on Steamboat passes can be found at

Winter Park

The 2013/14 Winter Park/Mary Jane season passes feature unrestricted access to Winter Park’s cruisers and groomers as well as the challenging bump and tree skiing at Mary Jane. Prices for Winter Park season passes are below and guaranteed through September 3. 

·         Adults (ages 18 - 69):       $369

·         Teens (ages 13-17):         $299

·         Children (ages 6-12):        $219

·         Ages five & under:                        $30

Exclusive to those attending Powder Daze, shoppers can get a bonus fifth day of unrestricted access to Winter Park/Mary Jane for $149, the price of a regular Four Pass. That’s five days of world-class bumps, trees, steeps, groomers, and cruisers with no blackouts for the price of four. To take advantage of the bonus day, purchases must be made at Powder Daze in Denver. For more information on Winter Park’s season passes, visit


The Rocky Mountain Super Pass™ Plus gives pass holders unlimited skiing/riding at Copper Mountain and Winter Park, six days at Steamboat, and three days at Monarch with no blackouts. Pass holders also get five bonus days at Mt. Ruapehu in New Zealand, giving them the chance to ski year-round on two continents in two hemispheres. 

  • Adults (18-69):            $489
  • Teens (13-17):            $369
  • Children (6-12):           $259
  • Seniors (70+):             $359
  • College Students:        $369
  • Ages five & under       $30

The 2013/2014 Rocky Mountain Super Pass™ delivers unlimited skiing and riding on two Colorado mountains, Winter Park and Copper Mountain, with no blackouts.

  • Adults (18-69):            $419
  • Teens (13-17):            $329   
  • Children (6-12):           $219
  • Seniors (70+):             $329
  • College Students:        $369
  • Ages five & under:      $30

The 4 BY 40 Pass® offered at $199 provides two days at Winter Park and two days at Steamboat.


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