Can it be true? Summer is fading, the heat and smoke have tired us out and our minds have turned to cold temps and snow. It’s fine to keep basking a little in some late summer glow, but if you want a deal on that ski or snowboard pass, you will need to shop now! To that end, we put together this listing of pass pricing, perks and deals for some of our favorite winter resorts. Read them over, gather all the details and choose the pass that makes the most sense for you for the coming winter. We hope to see you out there!
SKI COOPER | CHICAGO RIDGE
Price Levels: Get in on the current pricing tier that runs from August 1 through September 30. The prices through this time are: Adult $349, Child (6-14) $149, 5 and Under Child $10, Senior (60-69) $279, Super Senior (70-79) $149, 80+ Free, Military Adult $199, Military Child $109.
Buy it Before: The Adult, Senior & Child passes all increase on October 1.
What you Get: Each pass gives you unlimited skiing and riding at Cooper for the 2018-2019 season.
Added Value: You also get three free days at each of Cooper’s 37 partner resorts. That’s 111 bonus days! More perks include: Ten percent off at the Retail Shop. Ten percent off cafeteria food. Ten percent off Chicago Ridge Snowcat Skiing Tours. Full Adult and Senior Pass-holders can also purchase a four-pack of lift tickets for only $150, and weekday buddy tickets for $40.
Where to Buy: Buy online at skicooper.com; or call 800-707-6114.
ARAPAHOE BASIN SKI AREA
Price Levels: Adult (ages 19-69) $339, Youth (ages 15-18) $259, Child (ages 6-14) $169, Military Adult $99, Military Child (6-14) $79.
Buy It Before: All prices are subject to change at any time, so… buy it now!
What You Get: A-Basin full season pass holders get unlimited access to A-Basin for the entire 2018-19 season (including 468 acres of new terrain in The Beavers and The Steep Gullies), with three ski days at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico; 10 percent off purchases in Arapahoe Sports and on-mountain dining (not valid at the 6th Alley Bar and Grill, some restrictions apply); unlimited discounted ski or snowboard tunes all season at the Base’n’Edge Tune Shop; unlimited discounted A-Basin lift tickets for friends and family; one half-price Snowsports lesson.
Added Value: Three days at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico (some restrictions apply)
Where to Buy: Online at arapahoebasin.com, in person at a Front Range ski shows (like Christy Sports Powder Daze in Littleton), or in person/over the phone by calling 888.ARAPAHOE (seven days a week, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.).
GRAND TARGHEE RESORT
Price Levels: Standard Adult (19-64 yrs) $799,
Teen (13-18) $379, Junior (6-12) $329, Full-Time College Students $399.
Buy It Before: September 30 and save $470 off of a full-price adult pass ($1,269)! Similar discounts are offered on other pass levels.
What You Get: The mountain every day of Wyoming’s Longest ski season!
Added Value: Discounted lodging, free skiing at partner resorts, 20 percent off Snowcat Adventures, 20 percent off Early Tracks, four discounted Friends & Family tickets daily, discounts on food and beverage, retail, tubing, lessons and more!
Where to Buy: grandtarghee.com/tickets-passes/winter-season-passes
Price Levels: Adult Pass (Ages 30-74) $399, Young Adult Pass (Ages 13-29) $339, 75+ Pass $139, Junior Pass (Ages 6-12) $199, Child Pass (Ages 6 & Under) $49. Ten percent discount for passes purchased as a family.
Buy it Before:September 30
What You Get: Unlimited skiing or snowboarding throughout the 2018/2019 winter season, No blackout dates!
Added Value: Over 50 free and discounted days at partnering resorts. Plus discounts at Powderhorn. include: Fifty percent off one group ski or snowboard lesson, 10 percent off ski and snowboard rentals, 10 percent off merchandise at the alpine trader, 10 percent off food at the sunset grille.
Where to Buy: Powderhorn.com/MissionAffordable
LOVELAND SKI AREA
Price Levels: Adult (23-69) $419 new/$399 renewal, Young Adult (15-22) $309 new/$289 renewal, Midweek (Monday-Friday with no holiday blackouts) $319 new/$309 renwal, Child (6-14) $189 new/$179 renewal, 5 and Under free, Senior (70+) $99.
Buy it Before: Prices will increase after December 2.
What you Get: Each unrestricted pass gives you unlimited skiing and riding at Loveland for the 2018/19 season. Midweek passes are valid every Monday-Friday with no holiday blackouts.
Added Value: Unrestricted season passes come with membership to the Powder Alliance PLUS bonus days at another 16 mountains for a total of 96 bonus days at 32 partner mountains. Midweek season passes come with three FREE days at Monarch Mountain You also get discounts throughout the area on lift tickets for family and friends on each visit, food, lessons, rentals and Sport Shop purchases.
Where to Buy: skiloveland.com
Ikon Pass: Eldora is now on the Ikon Pass. One Pass with 27 destinations, including unlimited access to Eldora. Learn more at IkonPass.com.
The Eldora Midweek Experience: Weekdays at Eldora are the locals’ best-kept secret—zero crowds, wide-open slopes, and a laid-back vibe, just 21 miles from downtown Boulder. Come for the morning, the afternoon, or a full-day, and have the mountain to yourself. Eldora’s midweek season passes offer unlimited weekday skiing at an exceptional value. Buy now at Eldora.com to lock in the lowest prices.
The Eldora Family Pass: Get the whole family on the hill together this winter—and get ‘em back home in time for dinner—with Eldora’s family pass, one of the best values for Colorado families. Buy now at Eldora.com to lock in the lowest prices.
The BEST Place to Learn: Friendly, relaxed, and just 21 miles west of Boulder, Eldora is absolutely the best place to learn the lifetime sports of skiing and riding. With a wide variety of day and multi-week instruction programs for adults and children, plus seasonal and daily gear rental options, Eldora makes learning fun and easy. Explore our programs today at Eldora.com. •