Second Shift Skiing Another Option to Visit Colorado’s High Country
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For guests seeking an affordable way to hit the slopes this season, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member ski areas offer great deals and discounts on half-day lift tickets. Long-time skiers with busy schedules, families who are brand new to the sport and budget-conscious skiers and riders alike should consider a half-day on the slopes as they plan ski or snowboard trips.
There are many advantages to the half-day of skiing and riding:
Colorado ski areas offer discounts for skiers and riders who opt for partial days. Ski areas offer a variety of discounted half-day tickets, including morning, afternoon and night skiing options. For guests seeking an affordable way to hit the slopes for a few hours, partial-day tickets are a great option.
Accommodating a Busy Schedule
There’s no shortage of reasons why a half-day of skiing might fit better in the schedule. Some guests have early morning or afternoon commitments or arrive on a flight that lands mid-day. Either way, skiers and snowboarders are not immune to busy schedules, and half-day lift tickets accommodate scheduling conflicts with an easy and affordable alternative.
Taking Time to Explore the Rest of the Ski Area
While skiing and snowboarding can certainly occupy a full day, or many full days, Colorado ski areas offer dozens of other family-friendly activities to explore. Guests who opt for a half-day of skiing can spend the other half of their day riding a mountain coaster, snow tubing, taking a guided snowshoe tour, ice skating on a frozen pond, enjoying a world-class spa treatment and more.
Preserving Energy for Families and the Multi-Day Ski Trip
For weekend warriors, solo skiers and occasional participants who’ve only carved out one day to go skiing or snowboarding, a full day on the slopes might be best. For those with a multi-day ski itinerary, or those with families and young kids in tow, a half-day can help preserve energy and keep the experience fun for the whole group. Instead of risking a temper tantrum or sore legs for the rest of the trip, consider opting for a half-day and a hot cocoa or other break in the lodge.
Finding Optimal Conditions on the Slopes in the Afternoon
Second-shift skiers and riders can enjoy a convenient drive to the ski areas and can find parking close to the lifts as morning skiers and riders begin to depart. As spring skiing approaches, softer snow conditions can be found in the afternoon.
Bonus Tip: Night Skiing Offers Another Partial-Day Alternative
Several Colorado ski areas offer night skiing, which is a unique and thrilling experience. For guests who want to head up and enjoy the slopes in the evening after school or work, or those simply intrigued by the idea of skiing and riding under the lights, night skiing tickets are a fun and affordable way to enjoy Colorado’s ski areas in a different way.
Below is a list of half-day tickets available at Colorado Ski Country member resorts:
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin offers the Afternoon Delight, a discounted lift ticket good for one afternoon (1 p.m. - 4 p.m.) of skiing or riding. The cost of the lift ticket varies from $70 to $95 throughout the season, and guests can save more money by purchasing lift tickets in advance online. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Aspen Snowmass offers a partial day ticket valid beginning at 12 p.m. For morning partial days, a valid full day ticket may be returned by 12:30 p.m. for the appropriate refund. The cost varies throughout the season, from $93 to $120 for adults and $61 to $80 for children. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
At Cooper, an adult half-day ticket for access from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. is $45, while a half-day ticket for a child costs $30. For more information, visit www.skicooper.com.
Copper Mountain’s half-day tickets offer skiing and riding beginning at noon. For the 2018-19 season, the maximum adult half-day ticket rate is $120, but considerable discounts are available if guests purchase online in advance. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Rather than an afternoon half-day ticket, Echo Mountain offers a separate ticket for night skiing, which is available until 9 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday. A night skiing ticket grants lift access from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. and costs $34 for an adult or $19 for a child. For more information, visit www.echomountainresort.com.
Eldora offers an adult half-day ticket for $79 during non-peak times or $89 between December 26 and March 11. These tickets are available for purchase starting at 12:50 p.m. and valid at Eldora lifts at 1 p.m. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
On select nights throughout the season, Granby Ranch offers night skiing under the lights from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and lift tickets are only $15. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.
Hesperus Ski Area
Hesperus ski area offers half day tickets and night skiing tickets on Saturdays from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. – 4 pm. Ticket costs for both half-day skiing and night skiing are $29 for adults ages 21-59, $25 for teens ages 13-20 or seniors ages 60-69, and $21 for children ages 8-12. For more information, visit www.ski-hesperus.com.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Available four nights a week, Howelsen Hill offers night skiing under the lights for locals and visitors alike in downtown Steamboat Springs. Night skiing tickets cost $10 for all ages and provide lift access from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursday, or 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. For more information, visit http://steamboatsprings.net/131/Howelsen-Hill-Ski-Area.
Kendall Mountain Ski Area
Kendall Mountain will offer night skiing on three special Saturdays throughout the 2018-19 season. These events will include food vendors, beer and wine, a bonfire and a DJ for families to enjoy. Night skiing will run from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., and tickets will be $25 for adults, $17 for kids and seniors, and children 5 and under ski free. For more information, visit www.skikendall.com.
Loveland Ski Area
Loveland offers half-day tickets available daily at 11:30 a.m., offering 4.5 hours of lift access at a discounted rate. During regular season, the adult half-day ticket will be $62.
Loveland also offers a flexible half-day ticket, the Flex Ticket, which provides skiers and riders lift access for any 4 consecutive hours at the half-day rate of $62. Guests can ask for Flex Ticket at any ticket window and will initially be charged the full-day rate. If guests return the Flex Ticket within 4 hours, they will receive a $17 refund. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.
Monarch offers half-day tickets all season starting at 12:30 p.m. each day. Adults ages 18-61 can purchase a half-day ticket for $69, while teens (13-17) and seniors (62-68) pay $47 and juniors (7-12) pay $35. Guests who purchase tickets in advance online can save up to 40 percent. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.
Purgatory offers two afternoon lift ticket options. The Late Arrival ticket begins at 12:30 p.m. each day, while the Late Late Arrival ticket provides access to Purgatory lifts after 2 p.m. The Late Arrival ticket costs $69 for adults, while the lift ticket with access beginning at 2 p.m. costs $42. For more information, visit www.purgatoryresort.com.
Steamboat offers a Late Arrival lift ticket, available starting at 12:15 p.m. Prices vary throughout the season. Guests can save up to 15 percent when they purchase online 7 days or more in advance.
Steamboat Resort also offers night skiing on select Thursdays-Mondays throughout the season. Night skiing lift tickets are $39 for adults and $19 for children; guests can save even more on night skiing by purchasing 7 days or more in advance. Guests can also take advantage of free night skiing on the day of arrival when flying into Steamboat/Hayden (HDN) by showing a boarding pass at the ticket window. Guests with a boarding pass for Tuesday or Wednesday arrival can ski free Thursday night. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Sunlight Mountain Resort offers half-day lift tickets at the ticket window, but these tickets are not available for advance purchase online. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Telluride Ski Resort
Telluride offers half-day tickets beginning each day at 12 p.m. Prices vary throughout the season, with adult prices varying from $75 to $115 and children ages 6-12 from $42 to $69. Half day lift tickets are available for purchase at the ticket window. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Winter Park Resort
Winter Park offers a half-day ticket available at the ticket window at 11:55 a.m., which grants lift access starting at 12 p.m. Half-day tickets are only available at the ticket window and prices vary throughout the season. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Wolf Creek’s half-day lift ticket begins at 12:30 p.m. Adults ages 13-64 pay $57 for a half-day lift ticket, while children ages 6-12 can ski a half day for $30 and seniors 65-79 for $36. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.