We wouldn’t be surprised to hear you haven’t even thought about a ski vacation yet this year, given the stubbornly lingering warm weather. But don’t let the unseasonable temperatures catch you off guard – winter will get here and the best time to get ski trip deals is right now.
We have a soft spot for Colorado, given that it’s our home state, so we did some research and pulled together a few of our favorite snow country special offers for the 2017-18 season to share with you.
This aptly named ticket is so packed with value it’s hard to cover in a short space. The ultimate season-long pass gets you unlimited access with zero restrictions to 15 ski resorts in North America (including all your big-name Colorado favorites, of course) and 30 in Europe, for just $899! Actually, there are several Epic Pass versions ranging from this unlimited 45-resort access, down to a 4-day/2-resort pass (Keystone and Arapahoe Basin) with some restrictions for just $209, and several options in between to fit all ski escape budgets. Browse the Colorado Epic Pass options here.
Given a typical single-day lift ticket cost of $150, these savings alone make the pass a smart buy, but there’s more. The Epic Pass has tons of bonus perks including, but not limited to, dining discounts, lodging deals, giveaways, and more special offers that are only available to pass holders. You’re entitled to six Ski With A Friend discounted tickets for friends and family. You’ll get live lift-line wait time reports for most of the major resorts, so you can spend less time in line and more time on the mountain. Earn points for many of your purchases at the ski resorts, then redeem them for lift tickets, ski school lessons, and more. No, the Epic Pass benefits do not end there! But your chance to buy it for the 2017/18 ski season does, on November 19. Check out all the bonus perks details here.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SUPER PASS
If you live in Boulder or even Denver and the Front Range, this is a no-brainer! Why is that? Well… it includes the often overlooked resort of Eldora, which is only 30 minutes from Boulder and just received some major upgrades, including a brand new 6 person high speed quad. So instead of being an afterthought, Eldora is now a drawing card for more skiers in the know. Add unlimited days at the mega resorts of Copper and Winter Park, along with limited days at Steamboat and Crested Butte, and you have a great alternative to the Epic Pass.
A huge bonus with the Rocky Mountain Super Pass is the 24 Friends & Family coupons, which include discounts at Copper, Winter Park, and Steamboat.
At press time, the cost for this pass was $639, but there are more affordable options available with scaled-back access. Check them out here.
If you like to chase snow, this pass is right up your alley. The Mountain Collective gets you 2 free days at 16 premium resorts across the globe, including Aspen and Telluride in Colorado. You also get 50% off the retail rate for additional days — sweet! The current price is $489, but it goes up as it approaches sell-out, so don’t hold-out if you want it. Click here to buy your Mountain Collective Pass.
So, what are these? They’re the mountains-less-skied, yet no less wonderful. They’re Colorado’s best hidden treasures — free of crowds, free of lift lines, free of hassles, free of paid parking. They’re world-class terrain at humble prices. And to make them even more of a treasure, there’s the Gems Card for skiers and snowboarders.
For just $25, the Gems Card provides either two 2-for-1 lift tickets or two 30% off lift tickets at each of these 10 Colorado Gems Resorts: Arapahoe Basin, Cooper, Echo, Eldora, Granby Ranch, Hesperus, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, and Sunlight. Go here for details on each resort and to choose the Gems Card deal that works best for you.
KIDS SKI FREE
A major money-saver for parents and grandparents, kids-ski-free or nearly free deals are plentiful at Colorado ski resorts. Here are just two of the many super sizzler savings offers out there. Most of the ski resorts have savings plans for kids, so go to your preferred resort’s website to see what’s in store for Junior this season.
Purgatory Resort at Durango: This family-friendly favorite offers totally free skiing for kids 17 and under when the family stays at least 2 nights at Purgatory Resort with full-day lift tickets for mom and dad. The winter fun also includes snow tubing, dog sledding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice climbing, snow biking, backcountry skiing, and snowmobiling. Check out Purgatory’s kids ski free deal details here.
Aspen/Snowmass: For starters, kids 6 and under always ski free here, period. For the 2017/18 season, kids 7-12 can ski free if their equipment is rented from Four Mountain Sports, regardless of what parents are doing, or not doing, on the slopes. The kids will get a free lift ticket for every day of their equipment rental. This offer is only available with lodging booked through Stay Aspen Snowmass — get started here.
SNOWMASS 50th ANNIVERSARY 1-Day Mega Deal
On December 15, 2017, Snowmass will celebrate its 50th anniversary by charging just $6.50 for single-day lift tickets – the same they charged on opening day in 1967. That’s some crazy savings off the regular price of $155! There will be celebrations all weekend, including a retro party at Elk Camp, a skiing show, a gala, fireworks over Fanny Hill, and more. Get your Snowmass 1-Day Mega Deal tickets and party passes here.
ASPEN CLASSIC PASS
This pass has two options for 4 or 7 days at four mountains — Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. You’ll get rates as low as $61/day, plus 30% off additional days, no blackout dates, and a few more cool benies. The purchase deadline is November 12, 2017. Click here to buy your Aspen Class Pass.
Renowned for having the most snow in Colorado, Wolf Creek is the place to go for deep terrain. If the southern resorts are getting a foot, it’s pretty much a given that Wolf Creek will double it up. Along with their mass-market special offers, they have college specials and local appreciation days with rates starting from just $48 per adult. Click here to get the scoop on College and Local Days at Wolf Creek.
If you want to do some general deal browsing, check out all the special offers on lift tickets at Liftopia.
And, of course, you’ll need somewhere to stay in Colorado. We’ve rounded up 3- to 5-star lodging deals for a few Colorado favorites – some big names, some gems — with the sample travel dates of Jan. 22-26, 2018. Just swap out the location and plug in your travel dates to get deals all around Ski Country USA for your escape to the slopes.
Honestly, this list of ski vacation deals could go on for 50 pages, but you’ve gotta pull the plug somewhere! What’s your favorite deal that isn’t on this sampler list? Share the savings by adding it in the comments section.
Not in a cold weather frame of mind? Hop over to our recent article on late Fall discounts in Cancun.