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.
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The January 31st deadline is fast approaching for Colorado Ski Country USA’s 5th and 6th passport applications. The 5th Grade Passport provides participants with three FREE days of skiing or snowboarding at each of the association’s 21 member resorts. The 6th Grade Passport Program provides four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of those 21 member resorts for $125 for a potential 84 days on the slopes. Whether these passports are used for all possible days or just a few, they are still the best value in Colorado.
Here’s a wheel deal that’s sure to rock your ride. CycleBar, a new concept in premium indoor cycling that offers a high energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, opens on January 23 at Southwest Plaza. And you can try it for FREE. From Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 22, CycleBar will hold its CycleBlast, with 50 FREE classes over the 10 days — 2,500 FREE rides to cyclists of all levels. The studio uses a pay-per-class model, so no membership is necessary. Amenities include free towels, showers, lockers and shoes. Classes take place in special “theater” and instructors lead participants through a 50-minute energy ride. The CycleTheatre is tiered with 45 bikes, plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and a studio with DJ booth. Registration is required. You’ll find the complete schedule and sign-up here. 8501 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton.
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
The Colorado Gems Card, a discount card for use at nine smaller Colorado ski areas, costs just $25 and is good for either two 2-for-1 lift tickets or two 30% off lift tickets at each of the nine Gems resorts. Use your Gems Card for either two BOGOs, two 30% discounts, or one of each deal at all nine participating areas (Arapahoe Basin, Eldora Mountain Resort, Loveland Ski Area, Monarch Mountain, Powderhorn Resort, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch, Sunlight Mountain Resort and Ski Hesperus). Only a limited number of Gems cards will be issued and are available until sold out, so order online now.
FREE ice skating returns to downtown Denver’s Skyline Park for another winter as the Southwest Rink welcomes locals anxious to lace up some blades from November 22 to February 14. Hours vary, so check the rink’s website. Bring your own skates or rent a pair for just $2. Among the special programs this season: live bands and DJs on weekends, Sunday family fun days, skate ‘n flicks (movies on ice), a Broomball Challenge and and FREE learn-to-skate lessons. 16th and Arapahoe Streets next to the landmark D&F Clocktower. 303-825-6787.
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.