It’s back (and expanded)… Ski Free program for BOGO lift tickets to Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Monarch, Powderhorn or Sunlight Mountain Resort. In years past, this was a Shell-only promotion, but now Exxon and Mobil are on board. Here’s how it works: 1. Stop by any participating Exxon, Mobil or Shell gas station. (Exxon & Mobil stations have vouchers now, Shell stations have vouchers starting January 19); 2. Pump 10 gallons or more; 3. Ask the station attendant for a validated SKI FREE voucher and to stamp your gas receipt; 4. Take the validated, stamped voucher and gas receipt to the participating ski area’s lift ticket window; and 5. Purchase a one-day, full-price adult lift ticket and receive a second one FREE. (Both tickets must be used on the same day). The program runs through April 16 or until ski areas close for the season. Each participating resort has some restrictions and/or blackout dates, so be sure to check your favorite before heading out.
Sports & Recreation
We ran this post last month and it proved so popular we thought today’s storm was a good reason to repeat it, as you may need to find a cheap activity today. So it snowed… a lot. Despite the rutted and icy roads and slippery sidewalks, for many, a hefty snowfall is an excuse to go sledding, even if it is just down that tiny median in front of your home. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few with a store-bought sled and the envy of the sledding hill crowd. But if not, don’t despair. Coloradans are famous for their ingenuity when it comes to makeshift sleds. Our friend Jody Mace at Charlotte on the Cheap (a Southern gal, go figure) has come up with 17 DIY options. [Read more…] about 17 Easy Do-It-Yourself Sleds
Ice is always nice, especially at the Rink at the Rock in downtown Castle Rock. This year’s season skating runs Saturday, November 19 through Monday, February 20. Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Be sure to check the rink calendar for special activities on Mondays and Tuesdays. Fees are $8 for adults (12+), $6 for children (11 and under) and $3/pair skate rental. Punch passes are also available. 414 N. Perry St., Castle Rock.
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Hockey may be played on ice, but this freebie is totally hot! Dunkin’ Donuts and the Denver Pioneers (University of Denver’s men’s hockey team) have teamed together to give fans a reason to celebrate all season long. Through March 6, 2017, Customers with the Dunkin’ Donuts mobile app will automatically receive a FREE medium hot (or iced) coffee the day following a Denver Pioneers win — excludes cold brew coffee. To be eligible, you must have the Dunkin’ Mobile app downloaded on your smartphone and have location services turned on. The offer automatically downloads to all app users in Colorado. The app can be downloaded for FREE in the App Store or on Google Play — click here. Go, Denver Pioneers!
Colorado Ski Country USA’s Gems Card has long provided skiers and snowboarders with savings at smaller, lower-key ski areas all over the Colorado Rockies. Invest just $25 for two ways to save: either two 2-for-1 lift tickets or two 30% off lift tickets at each of the eight Colorado Gems resorts. Gems ski areas are Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight. Click here to purchase; cards will ship this month. The fine print: One 2-for-1 or discounted ticket per cardholder per day. All tickets issued are valid for same-day use only. Card is non-transferable. Photo ID and Gems Card required at ticket window. Card holder must be present. No cash value. Discount not valid with any other discount tickets, pass products, offers or promotions. Lost or stolen Gems Cards will not be reissued. Blackout dates are December 18, 2016 through January 3, 2017.
How many of Colorado’s 42 state parks have you visited? Now you and your family can visit any or all of them for FREE. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has teamed up with the Colorado State Library to offer the Check-Out Colorado program. Each of 287 libraries (including public, military and college/university libraries) has two seven-day hang-tag park passes good for entrance to all Colorado state parks, and they can be reserved and checked-out just as books can. The pass also includes a backpack a guide to Colorado’s state parks, a set of binoculars, a copy of Wildlife Viewing Guide Book and field guides to trees, wildflowers and wildlife. Each state park pass allows FREE entry (normally $7 to $9) into the parks for one carload of visitors. filled with park information and educational activities. Hike or bike the multi-use trails, find wildlife in their natural surroundings, visit a nature center or bring a picnic. With a license or camping reservation, you can try fishing or camp out overnight. Visit your local library or check the Participating Libraries List to find a library near you.
We have always loved libraries, so we’re excited for this “new spin” on a library. The City of Golden, through a Colorado Department of Transportation Grant, will open a bike library on June 22. (The grand opening will include food and giveaways.) What is a bike library, you ask? It’s a bike share program, where visitors, residents and students can “check-out” a bike for a limited-time period for local use in Golden. The “library” has a variety of bikes available for different ages and abilities, including road bikes, mountain bikes and children’s bikes. They also have light-weight geared bikes to address Golden’s hills. [Read more…] about Golden Peddles Bike Library For Locals & Visitors
If you’ve watched the local news the past few weeks, you know business is not going well for Sports Authority. With its recent bankruptcy filing, the closing sale has begun at its iconic Denver Sportscastle location (1000 Broadway.) Thanks to super MHOTC fan Jacqueline, we have an update. As of now, everything is discounted from 10% to 30% off — with seasonal items, like winter boots and ski equipment, getting additional discounts. According to her eagle eye, there is FREE parking in the lot just south of SA on Broadway & 10th. (Note: The parking under the store is no longer available.) The Sportscastle is one of three Colorado locations being shuttered. Boulder S.A. Elite has already turned off the lights. As with all closing sales, the discount is expected to increase, as its final day of business (to be determined) approaches. If you have any updates, please let us know by commenting below.
It’s easy to simply recycle those Valpak envelopes without even opening them. But don’t! Inside are some decent deals and discounts at Front Range businesses. Each month we find, among others, coupons good for 50% off brunch at Bonnie Brae Tavern, 20% off at Harbor Freight Tools, a $4.99 Autawash car wash and more. If you don’t receive a Valpak or simply want additional offers go to their website which has dozens of downloadable coupons (some identical to the mailing and some unique to the website) for dining, home & garden, shops, groceries and more.
Once a month, you can lob and smash and gracefully (okay, maybe not so gracefully) leap over the net after a winning match for FREE. The Gates Tennis Center holds a FREE tennis clinic every month for adults (15 and older) on Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All levels are welcome and you can bring your own racquet or rent a demo. Children are welcome to attend as well and spend time with a kids instructor. Limited spots are available and you are limited to two free clinics per person per season. You need to reserve a spot by calling 303-355-4461. Reservations for each clinic open one week prior. The next date is August 1, followed by September 5, October 3 and November 7. 3300 E. Bayaud Ave., Denver.
Boulder’s not-for-profit Community Cycles offers FREE bike fits on Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m. Ride by the shop and get a FREE 10-minute bike fit evaluation from Community Cycles’ Board President Ray Keener, a seasoned expert who has been doing bike fits for more than 30 years. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Sam Forsyth at 720-628-9376 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Community Cycles’ website. 2805 Wilderness Place, Ste. 1000, Boulder.
Tomorrow, February 17, and every Tuesday, Rocky Mountain Anglers gives 30% off fly-tying supplies, as well as FREE weekly classes between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The shop requests that attendees arrive around 6 p.m. so that they can get tables set up for the class. 1904 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, 303-447-2400.
Copper Mountain’s season passes offer all the more value now with three FREE days at Taos Ski Valley, N.M., and FREE skiing at Grand Targhee, Wyo., with a purchase of accommodations through Grand Targhee Lodging. Whether or not you’ve skied Taos before, this is the year to do so. New ownership has brought the wherewithal to make dramatic improvements, most notably the installation of the new Kachina Peak chairlift, unloading at 12,450 feet and increasing the skiable terrain by 50%. From Denver, Taos is roughly 280 miles — just 50 or so miles farther than Crested Butte. Grand Targhee, located at the Wyoming-Idaho border, is a longer drive (or a flight either to Jackson or Idaho Falls), but it is worth for powderhounds who avoid crowds. Also, Copper Passholders get FREE skiing and riding at five other Powdr-operated resorts: Boreal, Calif.; Killington, Vt.; Mt Bachelor Resort, Ore.; Park City Mountain Resort, Utah, and Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, Nev. Adult prices are Copper Pass, $389, and the new Secret! Copper Pass, $489. Prices for new season passes and renewals are the same, so guests are not penalized for not having a Copper pass in the past.
Parents know it’s better to keep kids busy and active rather than just sitting on the couch saying, “I’m bored.” There’s good news for parents because the MY Denver Card program allows youth (ages 5 to 18) year-round access to the city’s 23 recreation centers and 29 pools, as well as the Denver Public Library, for FREE. Parents may take their children to any of the 23 recreation centers throughout the city to fill out the appropriate paperwork to receive their MY Denver Card. Cards are now issued the same day applications are submitted. Once processed, the MY Denver Card will also serve as each child’s Denver Public Library card and replaces any previously-issued card from Denver Public Library. The program applies to all students in grades K-12 regardless of where they go to school, as long as they’re residents of Denver. Thanks to the innovative program, young Denverites can keep their body and mind active all year-long.