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Tickets, Rentals and Lessons

In Colorado Ski Country USA skiing and snowboarding are part of Colorado’s winter heritage and we can’t wait to share it with you! We’re here to help with everything you need to get started.

How Do You Get a Lift Ticket?

There are several options for hitting the slopes: a season pass, ticket packs, or single-day tickets. Each option has its place, so start by considering a few factors:

  • If you hit the slopes every weekend, you’re going to want a season pass at a single resort or a pass product that gives you multiple days at the resorts you want to visit.
  • If you’re a busy family that wants to do a bit of skiing or riding here and there, you might be better off with a ticket pack or even a kids’ Ski Passport.
  • If you’re looking for a great deal on a classic Colorado skiing and riding experience, you might check out the choose-your-discount Gems Card.

Let’s look more closely at several ticket options:

Season Passes

Season passes are often available for purchase months in advance of ski season actually starting. These go fast and sell out quickly depending on the ski area and type of pass. If you know you want to ski one area all season, a single-mountain season pass might be your best bet. Just get yours early before they sell out!


If you’re skiing or riding just a few days a season, a four-pack might be for you. It’s a set of 4 tickets at a single resort that works well for a family ski trip or if you’re just able to grab a few days on the mountain here or there. Just keep in mind that 4-packs tend to be available only early in the season, so grab them while you can!

Ticket and Lodging Packages

Many resorts have “stay and play” packages available early in the season. When you start thinking about a Colorado ski or snowboard vacation, be sure to check out the options available from each resort when you book lift tickets and lodging together.

Single-Day Tickets

Single day tickets can be a great option when you need the most flexibility and options. Many ski areas use dynamic pricing, so on the busiest days of the season you’ll pay a premium for the flexibility of a single-day ticket. At some areas, single day tickets must be purchased online and in advance.

Bottom Line: Plan Ahead

If you have a favorite resort, follow them on social media so you’ll be in the know when they issue a flash sale on 4-packs, when their season pass sales close, and when they’re offering “stay and play” deals. Start planning as early in the season as you can so you have as many options as possible and can take advantage of early season pricing!


Renting Equipment

Nearly every Colorado Ski Country USA resort offers beginner ski and snowboard rental packages. It’s a great idea to book rental equipment ahead online to make sure the equipment you need is available and streamline the process of picking up the gear. You can also rent gear from retailers like Christy Sports, which offers daily and season long rentals.


Lessons Are Always Worth It

If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, or if it’s been a few years since your last visit to a mountain, it’s a great idea to start with a lesson. You’ll gain confidence and the skills you need to be as safe as possible on the slopes. Lessons are available in lots of formats: private, small group, family lessons, biomechanics, and more. You can even take your skills to the next level with a guided tour with an expert skier. No matter what type of skier or rider you are, a lesson is a great way to advance your skills quickly and learn how to ski and ride as safely as possible.