Snowshoe Mountain Resort, W.Va.

Season pass deals at many resorts are still out there, but dates for discounted deals vary. Here are a few areas where you still can grab those special rates. 

Idaho's Sun Valley season passes can be purchased with considerable savings if you do it by Sept. 3. Unlimited skiing and boarding on Bald Mountain and nearby Dollar Mountain is $1,599. It goes up to $1,949 after the deadline, netting you a $350 savings. 

There is also a 20-Day Unrestricted Pass offering 20 days of skiing or boarding on Bald and Dollar Mountain with zero restrictions for $999 ($1,199 after deadline). A Flex Pass (one day/week) has unlimited early/late season skiing or boarding for $799; $999 later. You also can purchase a Dollar Mountain Only Pass for $499 until the deadline, $549 thereafter. The children’s version is $199, going up to $229.

There’s still time to take advantage of Colorado’s Wolf Creek 2012/13 season pass. Their adult unrestricted season pass will be available Oct. 1-9, 2012 for $574, a savings of $144 if purchased before Oct. 10 when the price increases to $718. You can purchase online or by phone. Other early season pass prices include Child (6-12)/Senior (65+) Unrestricted for $246 (compared to $308 later); Student (13-18 years and in school) Unrestricted for $442 ($555); and Weekday Only (can be used over holiday periods), $403 ($508).

Deals are still available at New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain Resort until Oct. 8, 2012. They offer several categories of passes, three of which are valid at Loon, Sunday River and Sugarloaf, Maine. 

The Adult (19-64) Gold New England Pass is valid every day for $1,025. Gold Pass benefits include the option to purchase up to four 1-day lift tickets at $50 per ticket; $10 early season ski or snowboard tune at Loon Mountain, and a $10 discount on zipline rides during the 2012-13 season.

Their Silver New England Pass is valid every day with the exception of 13 blackout dates for $715. The Bronze New England Pass is valid Monday through Friday, non-holiday for $449 for all ages. Both of these passes include a 10 percent discount at the resort retail shops and a $10 discount on zipline rides during the 2012/13 winter season.

The Senior (65-79 years) Pass is good for Loon only at $305. There is also the Graduate New England Pass for $715 is valid every day and available to recent grads who held a 2011/12 pass; and the College New England Pass for current full-time college students at $359 valid every day.

West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort continues to offer 2012/13 season passes at a savings to you. You have until Oct. 31, 2012 to purchase at a discounted rate at which time the price increases. The Adult (18-59) Unlimited Pass is $449, but increases $130 to $579 after Oct. 31. Student (13-17), Military, College, Junior (6-12), Senior (60-69), Senior Plus (70+), Midweek Plus, and Community and Homeowner Passes all offer savings.

More savings, including up to 20 percent off Snowshoe lodging and up to 10 percent off at Snowshoe-owned retail and food and beverage outlets, up to $25 off lift tickets at other Intrawest-owned resorts, and a one-year subscription to Ski Magazine also are available to season pass holders.

Eastern Canada’s Mount Tremblant is currently selling season passes at discounted prices. You have until Sept . 25 to save over $100 in most categories. An adult (18-64) saves $170 off the regular $1499; couples can save $180 off the regular price with a cost of $1,309 per person.  Savings also apply to Student (6-25, $80); 7-day Senior (65-74, $160); 5-day Senior ($110); Master (75+, $40) and the Monday to Friday Hookey Pass ($150).

Take advantage of other season pass savings like tune-ups, rentals, lift tickets and ski school lessons. Or save on activities such as spa services, one summer gondola ride, use of pool and gym. Or 15 percent discount on VIP parking pass, shopping at the resort’s boutiques, and at prepared food cafeterias. Much more too.

Photo: Snowshoe Mountain Resort