Yes, the sun is still high in the sky and the temps can still get into the 90s, but that doesn’t stop Rocky Mountain resorts from rolling out season pass deals.
Most ski and snowboard resorts offer their deepest discounts until a date in the early fall. Some have a second discount period before full retail prices kick in as the snow begins to fly, and all encourage transactions to take place online. Many now offer insurance against low-snow years.
The five mountains that make up the Southern Colorado tier of winter resorts are no exception. From west to east, here’s what they have to offer:
Telluride. An adult pass purchased for $1,128 through the Telluride website by Oct. 13 cuts more than 40 percent off the regular season price. Similar discounts apply to child, junior and senior passes, and no blackouts apply. Pass pickup is at the ticket office on the first day at the slopes. Numerous retail discounts come with the pass.
Durango. Savings come to 23 percent for an adult pass purchased by Oct. 14, either online, at the resort office in Durango or on the hill. Comparable discounts apply to all other age groups, with no blackout dates except for the weekday-only ticket. Retail and food discounts abound, and the season pass gets three free days at eight resorts in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona – plus three half- price tickets at Crested Butte.
Crested Butte. Purchased online before Oct. 24, an adult Peak Pass costs $799 -- 35 percent off full prices. After Oct. 24 and before Nov. 27, discount falls to 17 percent. Pass includes three free days at Loveland and 11 Powder Alliance resorts, plus half-price discounts at four others. Also, four discounted buddy passes come with purchase of a pass. An upgrade adds benefits, like free tubing and summer access.
Monarch. An online purchase by Nov. 9 gets 19 percent off full price for adult pass. Similar price cuts apply for all ages. Monarch’s renowned partnership season pass program continues, with a total of 21 days free skiing and riding at 13 North American resorts, and half-price tickets at another five. Retail, food and child care discounts come with each pass, plus one buddy ticket per day at $57.
Wolf Creek. Season pass sales begin Sept. 26, either online, by phone or at the mountain ticket office. Early-season discounts only last through Oct. 5, with 20 percent off the $853 full adult price. Similar discounts apply to other age groups, and Wolf Creek’s family passes reduce in price for each additional pass holder.
Photo: Wolf Creek is among So. Colorado resorts offering season pass deals (Wolf Creek)
Andy started skiing at about three years old. His father Jim held him between his legs and off they went down New England trails. Soon, Andy joined the Fourth Estate and moved to Colorado, thereupon finding work as a staff writer or editor for newspapers – including a stint as Ski Editor for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. In between, he designed and wrote public school curriculum, edited Concrete Pumping & Placing Magazine, and got a master’s degree in English. All the while, he skied. So, the marriage of snowsports and journalism has only been waiting for Andy to catch on. He’s glad he finally did.