Even though the lifts are still running for the 2012-13 season, some early-bird deals on season passes for next season can be had.
At Bear Mountain and Snow Summit, skiers and ‘boarders have until the end of March to put up $559 in order to secure a season pass for both mountains next season. The Southern California resorts also offer age-specific and midweek discounts.
Plus, a purchase by March 31 lets the purchaser ski or ride at the Big Bear Lake resorts for the rest of 2013, and one “tag along” ticket for $59 for a buddy.
For the second season, Vail Resorts has rolled out its Epic Pass for the eight Western resorts under its wing.
For $689, adults will be able to take their skis or snowboards out onto some 24,000 acres of terrain at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Children ages 5-12 get the pass for $359. Also in 2013-2014, season pass holders will get five days of lift tickets at Verbier, Switzerland – up from three days this season. More information.
Ski Utah will return next season with both of its multi-resort passes: the Yeti Pass and the Ski Utah Gold or Silver Pass. The Yeti Pass is good for one lift ticket at all of the 14 resorts within the Beehive State. The cost is $549, which translates into $39 a day. At a price of $3,700, the Gold Pass is a full transferable ticket for 50 days of skiing or riding at each of the Utah resorts. The pass holder can give it to a friend or family member at any time during the 2013-2014 season.
The Silver Pass is redeemable only by the pass holder. It costs $2,700 and is good for 30 days at each of the 14 resorts. Sales of all three Ski Utah passes are limited in number, and they all have sold out in the past. To get on a waiting list for 2013-2014, send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (801) 534-1779.
Photo: Bear Mountain