Maybe the start of the ski season made you regret not purchasing a season pass last spring when prices were at their lowest. Or maybe you have one, but look for ways to ski in one or two areas this winter that are not covered by your season pass.
As Thanksgiving approaches, which some consider the unofficial start of the ski season, we’ve rounded up some ideas on how you can save money on skiing and horseback riding in Colorado this year.
The first thing to know is that some currently available bargains will expire soon.
Epic passes prices will increase on November 21 when the current 20% discount expires. The Epic pass will drop from $ 819 to $ 1,024, the Epic Local pass will drop from $ 619 to $ 774, and the four-day pass will drop from $ 337 to $ 422.
Loveland 4-Paks ($ 199) will only be on sale until November 21. You can use your 4-Pak yourself on four different days or split it up to share with friends and family on the same day. There are no restrictions or prohibitions.
The last day for Multi-day packs for the Arapahoe Basin at their current price will be Cyber Monday (November 29). Currently those prices are $ 299 for a five-pack, $ 269 for a four-pack, and $ 239 for a three-pack. They are unlimited, have no blackout dates, and do not need to be used within a specific time frame or on consecutive days.
Colorado Ski Country United States has two great programs for the budget conscious skier. If you buy a Card of gems ($ 39) For skiing or horseback riding in Colorado’s smaller ski areas, you can get two-for-one lift ticket deals or get 30% off the ticket price. And you can do it twice in each of the 11 participating zones: Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Kendall Mountain, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, and Sunlight.
Ski country also has a great program for children. Thanks to his Passport program ($ 59), fourth, fifth and sixth graders can get four free days at 21 Ski Country member areas. It’s all areas except the five owned by Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte), which is not owned by Ski Country, Silverton and Wolf Creek.
Another way to save money, if you don’t have your own gear, is to opt for vacation rental packages rather than renting by the day. Epic Mountain Gear does not vacation rentals and Christy Sports concluded its Front Range vacation rental program on Sunday, but options remain.
Larson Ski & Sport at Wheat Ridge offers adult vacation rental packages ranging from $ 120 to $ 190, while packages for kids 5 and under start at $ 86 and older kids start at $ 120. Breeze Ski Rentals in Lakewood offers adult packages for $ 199 and kids packages for $ 139. Packages include skis (or snowboards), boots and poles.
Mountain son, located near the Interstate 70 Genesee exit, rents ski clothing for daily use. While most of its customers are tourists – especially those from warmer parts of the country – they have seen an increase in local customers in recent years that appear to come from new Colorado transplants, according to store manager Bella Wagner. An adult package (jacket, pants, goggles, and gloves) costs $ 40, a kids package costs $ 30, and each package goes out the door in a duffel bag for convenient transportation. All clothes are washed and disinfected after they are returned, a pre-COVID policy.
Prepare for lunch skiing at Arapahoe Basin. At the Legend, they don’t mind if you pack your lunch in a bag, so you can eat it in the A-Frame at the base or at the Black Mountain Lodge mid-mountain without anyone bothering you. A-Basin also rents seasonal equipment for children up to 14 years old, priced at $ 144.
In honor of Aspen’s 75th anniversary as a ski resort, Snow mass shakes offers $ 75 lift tickets at the start of the season (Nov 25-Dec 21) and at the end of the season (April 3-17). There is a catch, however. You must book at least one night’s accommodation through them.
Day passes to Cooper are heavily discounted if purchased 48 hours in advance online. For example, you can buy an adult lift ticket for $ 50 which would be $ 90 at full price and a child package for $ 35 instead of $ 70. Keep in mind that this offer is only available Monday through Thursday and is not valid during holiday periods or spring break.
Copper Mountain Play Forever Thursdays, in its third year, will partner with 13 nonprofits from Jan.6 to March 31 to offer $ 99 lift tickets purchased in advance online. And for every Play Forever Thursday lift ticket sold, $ 5 will go to nonprofits.
Children 12 and under ski for free at keystone with no blackout dates if their families book two or more nights through Keystone Resort accommodation.
Adults new to Land of love can get three lessons and a season pass for $ 547. Children ages 7 to 14 can get three lessons and a season pass for $ 399. And here’s a reason to consider purchasing a Loveland Season Pass, currently priced at $ 499: As a bonus, you get three free days at the Purgatory, Monarch, Cooper, Sunlight, Powderhorn, and a dozen areas outside of it. ‘State.
All children 12 and under ski for free at Purgatory. And, on certain dates, when you purchase three or more consecutive days of lift tickets, you’ll receive a $ 20 credit per lift ticket that you can use anywhere in the resort.
TO Wolf creek, on designated Locals appreciation days (and everyone is considered a local), lift tickets will only cost $ 60. These days are scheduled from November 29 to 30, December 1 to 2, December 6 to 9, February 2, 9 and 13, March 6 and 30 and April 3. And during designated college days (December 5). , Jan. 30, Feb. 27, and April 2, University students with valid IDs and current class times can purchase lift tickets for $ 60.
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