It may be the middle of August during one of the hottest Heartland summers on record, but several of the region’s ski areas are currently offering their best season pass deals for the 2012/13 season.
Boyne Mountain and Highlands pre-season sale pricing will end Oct. 8. Their season pass is good at both resorts offering well over 100 runs between the two locations, just a half-hour apart. The Boyne pass also offers you lift ticket and lodging deals at all their sister resorts in New Hampshire, Maine, Utah, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia, which is great for a ski vacation.
Crystal Mountain, which Parent’s Magazine named as one of the top 10 winter resorts for families in the nation, is currently offering a variety of season pass options. The sale ends Oct. 1, and you can save up to $70 on some offerings.
Indianhead Mountain, in Michigan’s UP, is currently offering its best season pass prices through Sept. 14. There are benefits at sister resorts in Colorado, Idaho, and Montana, as well as lodging discounts at Indianhead.
Several Minnesota resorts also are offering early discounts on season passes, and you can save up to $50 per pass.
Welch Village, southeast of the Twin Cities in the scenic Cannon River valley, is currently offering its Night Club Pass on sale through the end of the month.
Afton Alps and Wild Mountain, both located along the St. Croix River valley east of the Twin Cities, have season pass sales running into October. Wild’s ends Oct. 8, and Afton’s runs through the end of the month.
Buck Hill, which added more snowmaking firepower with five new tower guns this summer, is offering their best prices through the end of this month. All season pass prices will rise Sept. 1.
Spirit Mountain, overlooking Duluth and Lake Superior, is offering its season pass for $175 through Sept. 30, which is less than last season’s renewal rate.
Photo: Boyne Mountain powder morning