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.
Sports & Recreation
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.
The Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus has added convenience for Front Range skiers and riders with the addition of Eldora Mountain Resort to the mix. The 2014-15 pass is now good at Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Eldora with no blackout dates, plus six unrestricted days at Steamboat and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte. That’s nearly 11,000 skiable acres spread over four mountain ranges for $509 for adults, $389 for college students and teens, $279 for children ages 6 to 12 and $30 for children 5 and under. Active and retired military and their dependents are eligible for a $339 Patriot Pass. Additional savings include friends and family passes for $59 per day and discounts on lodging, food, rentals, retail and lessons that vary by the resort. No cut-off date for these prices has yet been announced, but we suggest you buy it ASAP, either online or by calling 800-977-7669.