With the end in sight for the fabulous 2013-14 snow season, skiers and riders can already look forward to next winter and put that anticipation into action by buying a 2014-15 season pass now. We’ve found sales for a variety of ski areas, mostly combo-passes that allow you to ski or snowboard across Colorado and, in some cases, other states or even countries. Do check the fine print, as some passes have restrictions and blackout dates. And take note that many are on sale for a limited time with prices rising over the next few months. Here are some top deals:
- The Rocky Mountain SuperPass Plus, on sale now for the 2014-15 season, will be valid at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in addition to Copper Mountain, Steamboat and Winter Park, for more than 10,000 acres of skiable terrain. Commit before April 14 by paying $49 down and lock in a pass price of $439 per person. That gets you unlimited skiing at Winter Park and Copper, six unrestricted days at Steamboat and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte. This is the lowest guaranteed price and includes such additional benefits as 20 Friends & Family Tickets starting at $59 at Winter Park and Copper, discounts on retail, rentals, food & beverage and ski school, 50% off tubing at Winter Park, and lodging deals at Copper Mountain, Steamboat and Winter Park. Do pay attention to that deadline, because on April 15 the price increases by $70. There are numerous permutations for next season all carrying various additional benefits and also spring skiing options now. Also, if you only ski Winter Park, get a FREE child’s pass with every adult pass. Buy online, by calling 800-977-7669 or at Christy Sports in Lakewood or Fort Collins.
- Families with ample winter break time should check out the new Intrawest Family Passport — and even if it’s not for you, alert friends and kinfolk back East who like to come west every winter. It’s good for 6 days at each of 6 resorts (including
CopperSteamboat and Winter Park here and such biggies as Stratton and Tremblant in the East). It costs $549 for the first adult, $399 for additional adults, $199 for dependents aged 13 through 20 and, amazingly, FREE for kids 12 and under.
- Vail Resorts’ numerous EPIC Pass options start at $739 per adult and go down from there. The most expensive pass provides unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, Canyons in Utah, three resorts in the Lake Tahoe area, two in the Midwest and even five days at Yuseko United in Japan. Click here to see all, including single-resort passes, Summit County only and value season options. Pay $49 per person before April 13 to lock in the best prices and pay the rest in the fall. For more information, call 800-842-8062.
- Monarch Mountain-devised One Planet, One Pass price for 2014-15 has not yet been announced, but this season, there was some level of access to 12 Colorado areas plus numerous others elsewhere. Click here for info on the 2013-14 pass to give you an idea of its range.
- Click here to review Eldora’s 2014-15 passes, which include the remainder of this season. Note that since we posted that item (and following many complaints from unhappy seniors), Eldora has reinstated the senior pass ($249 for ages 65-plus).