As more Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts open for the 2015/16 ski season, now is the time for savvy skiers and snowboarders to plan their early season trips to the mountains. With creative vacation packages and new offers from many ski areas, the enduring value of a Colorado ski vacation is within reach for any budget.
Early-season promotions ranging from discounted lessons, lift tickets and equipment rentals to early-bird discounts on lodging and season passes are available across Colorado Ski Country. While resorts will announce additional promotions throughout the season, below is a snapshot of some of the early season deals at CSCUSA member resorts that guests can take advantage of right now.
Early Season Elevation 4-Pass Pricing
The Elevation 4-Pass is the guaranteed best value on multi-day tickets at Arapahoe Basin. Elevation 4-Pass holders can ski any four days throughout the 2015/16 ski season with no blackout dates and can purchase additional days for $59 per day ($28 for kids aged 6-14). Presently $149 for adults and $99 for kids aged 6-14, guests who purchase early lock in the best price. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Early Escape Package & Early Season Lift Ticket Savings
Guests to Aspen Snowmass who purchase a minimum of two nights lodging get 40 percent off lift tickets, equipment rentals, up to 30 percent off participating lodging properties, and up to 40 percent off select Ski & Snowboard School lessons. In addition, day guests at Aspen Snowmass can save 25 percent off advance purchase pricing on lift tickets. Early season lift ticket pricing and the Early Escape package are offered from November 26 December 18, 2015 and must be booked at least seven days in advance of arrival. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com
The XP Pass
Cooper is offering its XP Pass up until the resorts Opening Day. The XP Pass is a no-restrictions, no-blackouts, non-transferable 4-day pass, offered for $109. The XP pass looks like a season pass and entitles the holder to four days of lift access during the 2015/16 ski season. The four days can be used anytime, and do not have to be consecutive. The XP Pass can be purchased online at www.skicooper.com.
One. Two. Free!
Guests at Copper who book two nights receive a third night for free and many other benefits, including 33 percent off Adult Performance and Junior Rental Packages booked for three or more days, a free third day of Youth or Adult Group Lessons, 33 percent off the purchase of two or more tubing sessions, 33 percent off Woodward Freestyle Lessons, a free half day of skiing on day of arrival or departure, and a free Secret! Pass upgrade. Subject to availability, and guests can book early for $30 down. For more information, visit www.coppercolorado.com.
Ski Free Opening Day
Guests at Crested Butte Mountain Resort on the resorts opening day, Wednesday November 25, ski and ride for free. The 2015/16 opening day at Crested Butte is pirate themed, and there will be a champagne toast at 9 a.m. and a treasure hunt on the mountain throughout the day. Aprs-ski will feature live music from Rapidgrass at Butte 66 from 3:30 p.m. 6 p.m.
Other early-season deals at Crested Butte include early season lift ticket pricing from November 26 – December 11 and free skiing for kids aged 12 and under November 26 December 18. Guests who stay at the Grand Lodge between November 24- December 17 Receive one night free for every night purchased. Visit www.skicb.com for more information or call Crested Butte Vacations at 844-993-9545.
Mountain Explorer Package
Eldora is offering its Mountain Explorer All-Day Package for kids aged 4-12. This includes a lift ticket, rental equipment, lesson, and lunch for $69. Price subject to change at any time and must be used before Friday December 18, 2015. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
Early Season Cat Skiing
Guests at Monarch can save $100 per guest on early season snowcat touring or $1,000 for a full 12-person cat. Monarchs early season cat ski pricing is available for cat trips from December 26 January 8, weather permitting. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.
Lovelands 4-Pak is four fully transferable lift tickets with no restrictions or blackout dates. Guests can use all four tickets throughout the season or share them with family and friends. 4-Paks are $139 and are available through November 22. In addition, guests at Loveland Ski Area can enjoy early season pricing on lift tickets ($53 for an adult ticket; $25 for kids aged 6-14; kids 5 and under ski free) through December 11. For more information, visit www.skiloveland.com.
Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program
Powderhorn Mountain Resort is offering its Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program for $169 to all first timers, new to snow sports. Guests can take advantage of three full-day lessons, lift tickets on EZ Rider, and rental equipment for $169. After completing the three days, participants will receive a Graduate Card that allows them 50 percent off any additional lift tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the 2015/16 season. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Thanksgiving Ski & Lodging Package
Guests at Purgatory Resort can enjoy Thanksgiving on the slopes with their loved ones and receive 35 percent off lodging and $45 lift tickets. Purgatory is open the entire week of Thanksgiving with opening day celebrations on November 21 and a gourmet Thanksgiving dinner served at Purg’s Slopeside Restaurant. For more information please call 800-525-0892 or visit www.skipurg.com.
Ski Granby Ranch
Ski Granby Ranch is offering four packs for sale prior to its scheduled December 17 Opening Day. At $144 (non-transferable) or $169 (transferable), the four packs are valid from January 4 March 27, 2016. For more information, visit http://www.granbyranch.com/.
Sunday Unguided Skiing Pass
The $69 Silverton Sunday Unguided Pass includes five Sundays of unguided skiing/boarding during the ski areas scheduled unguided skiing dates (December 20, December 27, January 3, April 3, and April 10). For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.
Ski, Swim, Stay Package
With Sunlights Ski, Swim, and Stay package, guests ski Sunlight Mountain during the day, relax and rejuvenate in the Glenwood Hot Springs in the late afternoon, and then kick back in one of eight premier local lodging properties. Families can also enjoy snowmobile tours, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. Early season pricing starts at $99 and include free skiing for kids aged 12 and under. Find more at www.sunlightmtn.com.
Boat Launch Pass
The Boat Launch Pass features skiing and riding any three days between November 26, 2015 and December 29, 2015. The pass can be used on non-consecutive days and must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to the first day of use. The Boat Launch Pass is currently available for $169; for more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Jump Start Package
Tellurides Jump Start package features four nights of lodging and three days of skiing starting at $96 per person, per night between December 1 and December 17. To receive the best rate, this package must be booked by November 20. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Winter Park Four Pass
Combining the convenience of a season pass with the flexibility of a daily ticket, the Winter Park Four Pass offers four unrestricted days at Winter Park Resort with no blackouts for $219. The pass includes perks like discounted friends/family tickets as well as discounts on rentals, food & beverage, and Coca-Cola Tubing.
In addition, guests at Winter Park who book lodging before December 1 can save 35 percent Monday through Thursday and 25 percent if staying Friday and Saturday. Minimum length of stay restrictions and black outdates may apply; for more information visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Local Appreciation & College Days
Wolf Creek Ski Area has three Local Appreciation Days in November (11/11, 11/18, 11/30) and two in early December (12/2, 12/9) where adult lift tickets will be discounted to $43. College Days for early-season skiing and riding are November 8, November 15, and December 6 and also feature a $43 lift ticket for students with valid school ID and printed proof of enrollment. For more information, visit www.wolfcreekski.com.