Smaller areas like Monarch, which had a record season last winter, are making headway against the monopolistic practices of the big players by offering combo tickets
By Summit Voice
Some of Colorado’s friendliest and family oriented resorts have teamed up to offer multi-area passes this season.
The best prices are often available for people willing to buy early, including a $199 season pass for Ski Cooper with a Sept. 30 deadline. The Ski Cooper Pass also includes unrestricted days at Powderhorn, Sunlight, and several out-of-state resorts. The pass can be purchased by mail or online at www.skicooper.com.
In addition to unlimited skiing at Powderhorn, Powderhorn’s season pass provides three free ski days at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Monarch Mountain, and Ski Cooper; unlimited half-price lift tickets at Crested Butte, and a 10 percent discount on lessons, rentals, and merchandise at the resort. More information and lift ticket prices are available at www.powderhorn.com.
The rest of the deals after the break …
Sunlight is offering its season pass for $370 until Sept. 15. The pass includes three free lift tickets at Monarch Mountain, Ski Cooper, and Sipapu, NM, and can be purchased in person at Sunlight Ski and Bike shop, by phone, or on the web at www.sunlightmtn.com.
Echo Mountain’s unlimited season pass is on sale for $169. Echo is also offering package deals on daily lift tickets, with an adult three-pack of day lift tickets for $99 and a three-pack of night lift tickets for $59. Echo’s season pass is available online at www.echomt.com.
Crested Butte’s season passes are available at discounted prices through September 24, with the unlimited and unrestricted winter and summer Platinum Pass for $999, the unlimited winter Gold Pass for $949, and the semi-restricted Bronze Pass for $799. Go to www.skicb.com for more details and to purchase passes.
Wolf Creek’s early purchase price for an unlimited season pass is marked down to $574 from $718, and is available from September 25 through October 3. For more information, please visit www.wolfcreekski.com.
For 2010-11, Silverton has kept their prices the same as last year with one unguided day of skiing costing $49. This year, the ski area is offering two nights lodging combined with two days of skiing for $180. A Silverton unguided season pass is available for $399 and guided group and individual packages are all available online at www.silvertonmountain.com.
At Steamboat, the new $909 Pure Pass offers visitors and locals an alternative to the season pass with 15 days on the mountain and the option for additional ski and snowboard days at $39 per day. The original Steamboat season pass is also available for $1199 with the option to add unlimited skiing at Winter Park for $50. More pass and lift ticket information can be found at www.steamboat.com.
For Eldora skiers, the season pass is available for $399 ($389 for a renewal pass) and includes unrestricted alpine skiing as well as the option to add five days at Steamboat for $149. Passes can be purchased online anytime at www.Eldora.com and at the resort after October 4.
Added Benefits Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is offering their season pass for $799 until October 16. The pass now includes 10 percent off Durango food and beverage purchases, three free ski days at Monarch Mountain, half price lift tickets at Crested Butte, and benefits at other partner resorts. For more information and more pass options, check out www.durangomountainresort.com.
For $299, the A-Basin-only pass provides unlimited skiing at A-Basin, one unguided day at Silverton and a 10 percent discount on food and retail. For $359, the A-Basin Bonus Pass provides unlimited skiing at A-Basin, one unguided day at Silverton and five additional days at several other partner resorts. Visit www.arapahoebasin.com for details.
Loveland’s season pass now gives skiers and riders three free days at Monarch Mountain and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, one free day at Silverton, and a 10 percent discount on food and retail at Loveland, as well as discounted ski school and Friends and Family lift tickets. Loveland’s unrestricted four-pack tickets are also available at last year’s rate of $119 ($109 if purchased at a Front Range ski show) and can be used on separate days or all at once with friends and family. All passes can be purchased online at www.skiloveland.com.
Monarch Mountain’s season pass includes unlimited skiing at Monarch for $329, as well as one unguided day at Silverton and three free days at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort, Loveland, Powderhorn, Sunlight, and SolVista; and a number of other resorts across the western U.S. and Canada. The pass also offers discounts and deals at retailers and restaurants around the state. The season pass can be purchased online at www.skimonarch.com.