Colorado Resorts Unveil 2015-2016 Season Pass Deals; Save And Get Ahead Of Crowd
In what has become a major ritual of spring, winter resorts have started rolling out discounts on season passes for next year – either to keep the current buzz going or give hope for a better season ahead.
In Colorado, the deals have surfaced in March for both individual resorts and those hooked into multi-mountain tickets. Prices are typically discounted from what it will cost in the summer and fall, and some reserve the price with a down payment. Add-ons, such as a handful of free buddy or family day passes or discounts at resort shops and restaurants, are attached to the season pass as further enticement.
The most deeply discounted of these deals expire in April or May, but bargains continue throughout the summer and into the fall at most resorts.
“It’s pretty typical in the ski industry to sell next season’s pass during the current season. Usually our passes go on sale about the same time (within a day or two) of Vail’s and has been that way for years,” Winter Park’s Steve Hurlburt told SnoCountry.com. “I think what’s made our passes so popular is that we offer a wide variety of options. “
Here’s a smattering of Colorado deals aimed to take advantage of the excitement over a great snow year – and the anticipation of another next season:
Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Eldora. The Rocky Mountain Super Pass costs $469 through April 7 for an adult and includes unlimited skiing and riding at these three Colorado mountains, plus six free days at Steamboat and three free days at Crested Butte Mountain Resort. For $379, a new college Rocky Mountain Super Pass gets students on Winter Park and Copper.
Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin. The Epic Local Pass, designed for the Colorado skier and rider, runs $579 until April 12 for Vail Resort’s four mountains – plus deals at other Vail-owned resorts in Utah and California.
Steamboat. Though June 1, an unrestricted adult pass goes for $1,049 – a $50 bump from this season.
Photos: Copper Mt. is one of many resorts in Colorado rolling out season pass deals now (Copper Mt./Facebook); There's plenty of options for next year's passes now selling at Winter Park (Winter Park/Facebook)