Flush from a powder-filled winter this season, a number of resorts in the Colorado Rockies are rewarding forward thinkers with deals on season passes for 2014-2015.
All pre-season deals come with limited-time expiration dates, and some have blackout dates. Others permit a down payment to secure the purchase price. Two multi-resort operators in Colorado, Intrawest and Vail Resorts, got the jump with season pass bargains for seven mountains in Colorado.
Here’s a look at some of the deals that have been announced so far:
Eldora. An adult pass with no restrictions costs $399, while the Super Pass ($269) and Off-Peak Pass ($339) come with blackout dates. All permit free skiing and riding for the rest of this season, but the resort says prices are subject to change at any time. According to a recent announcement, Eldora will not participate in Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass program next season.
Intrawest. At Winter Park and Steamboat, when one adult buys a 2014-2015 pass for $549, additional adults pay $399, youngsters 13-20 go for $199, and children under 13 hit the slopes for free. No blackout dates apply, but prices are scheduled to change on March 14.
Vail Resorts. Early purchase of The Epic Pass all-season skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. Unlimited skiing, with no blackouts, goes for $729. Pass also good for five days at any other Vail Resorts mountain and includes buddy and friend lift ticket discounts. Local Pass is good for Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin for $549, plus 10 days at Vail and/or Beaver Creek. Sale ends April 14.
Arapahoe Basin. The Double Down pass is still available for $499. The pass is good for unrestricted skiing and riding at the Summit County resort during the rest of this season and all of the 2014-2015 season. Add-ons include two free days at Taos Ski Valley, one unguided day at Silverton, and discounts on lessons, ski and board tunes and local retail.
Keystone. Vail’s Epic program adds a $289 pass for both Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, with holiday restrictions. Kids 5-12 go for $209.
Aspen and Snowmass. While not a full season pass, the Mountain Collective Pass has gone on spring sale for $359 for two days of skiing and/or riding at one of the Aspen resorts, plus the same deal at six other Western resorts.
Copper Mountain. The new Copper Pass costs $389 for unlimited skiing and riding. For $489, the Copper Secret! Pass adds express lift line and pre-opening access. The Rocky Mountain Super Pass is on sale through April 14. For $439, an adult skier or riders gets unlimited runs on Copper and Winter Park – plus six days at Steamboat and three at Crested Butte. Price goes up to $509 on April 15.
Steamboat. The resort just unveiled their 2014-2015 pre-season deals, with adult unlimited going for $999 -- and one child gets a free pass. Sale runs through June 2, and includes $250 in Intrawest bucks and a $59 add-on for a season of night skiing or riding.
Powderhorn. Through April 20, adult season pass is $410, with no blackouts. Midweek adult pass is $325 for Monday-Friday skiing or riding, with some blackouts. Family pass costs $369 but cannot be purchased online.
Photo: Steamboat is part of the Intrawest pass program (Steamboat/Facebook)