Where did the summer go? Well we know that some of you are already thinking about the upcoming ski and snowboarding season. Being that it is almost the end of August that means we are only six to eight weeks away from the start of the first ski runs opening to the public. Breckenridge opens on November 8th and even that is just about 9 weeks from now. You might be thinking about winter and craving some fresh powder even though the summer’s rocking right now. Some of us here are in a ski mindset too and the ski areas are thinking about ski and snowboarding season right now for sure. Now is the time to look at the different season passes being offered by Colorado ski resorts. The resorts offer the best deals for early bird purchasers. If you do not live close and you are planning even a 5 day trip it is worth looking at the price of a season pass vs. the cost of lift tickets in season. Often the season pass is a better deal and if you are thinking even a little that you might get ten days or more on a hill in Colorado then it is a no brainer. Here is a lineup of the current season pass offers in and around Summit County.
If you like Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Beaver Creek then the Epic Pass should be your first consideration. This pass is offered now for $689. The Epic Pass offers unlimited skiing and riding to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, The Canyons in Utah, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California, Mt Brighton in Michigan, Arapaho Basin and Eldora located just outside of Boulder, Colorado.
For a little Less at $529 you can get the Epic Local Pass which offers unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, Mt Brighton in Michigan, and Arapaho Basin. You will also get 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek.
One other Epic option is the Summit Value Pass which offers unlimited skiing at Keystone and Arapaho Basin and resticted access to Breckenridge. The Summit Value Pass is going for $439.
Copper Mountain is a very popular ski resort just about 15 miles north of Breckenridge at the other end of the Ten Mile Range. Copper offers 2,465 acres of skiing from Beginner to double black diamond skiing. Right Now a Copper Pass is just $369, a great deal.
Arapaho Basin or A-Basin as people who are in the know call it is offered as one of the ski areas on the Epic Pass but A-Basin offers season passes of their own at prices that are much less expensive than the Epic Pass. A-Basin has been a local’s favorite for over 50 years. Located near the top of Loveland Pass about a 45 minute drive from Breck, A-Basin perches atop the Continental Divide and offers an unpretentious experience. A-Basin offers the best steep and un-groomed terrain in Summit County and for just $269 the lowest prices on a season pass anywhere.
Loveland Ski Area is just over the hill in Clear Creek County and is another small ski area that offers really fun un-groomed terrain that is a little less steep than A-Basin. In addition to groomed and off-piste terrain Loveland offers some of the most amazing views from a ski area in Colorado. The Loveland Season Pass is $379 and offers a bunch of bonus days at other Colorado resorts including, Monarch, Crested Butte, Durango and more.
If you are planning a winter ski/snowboard adventure around Summit look first to the season pass rates before buying you lift tickets and always remember no matter what list tickets you decide to buy that they are always less expensive when you buy them before getting to your destination. And remember visit www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com for the best deals on Breckenridge lodging.