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 April 7, 2012  Posted by  Expired
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Many ski areas are selling the cheapest season passes now for next winter. Here are just a few. Adult prices given here; resort websites show kids, seniors and other pass permutations (including family and buddy passes) and in some cases, what remains of this season. Some bargain passes require only a modest down-payment now with the balance later this year, and some will continue to be sold after the deadline but at higher prices.

  • In Colorado, the Copper Mountain/Winter Park SuperPass Plus for unlimited skiing and riding at Copper and Winter Park and six days at Steamboat plus out-of-state Intrawest resorts; $419. Guaranteed available through April 9.
  • At the pinnacle of Vail Resorts’ various Epic Pass options is the Epic Pass, good for unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California plus six buddy passes, $659. Epic 7-Day, seven unrestricted days of skiing at Colorado and California resorts, $509. Other Epic deals also available through April 15.
  • Also in Colorado,  Monarch’s One Planet/One Pass, $319 for renewals and, $329 for new passes. Unlimited use at Monarch and also good at 27 ski areas in four countries and six states. Buy by July 4.
  • Elsewhere in the Tahoe region, Sugar Bowl, unrestricted season pass, $799 for renewals, $849 for new; midweek only, $329 for renewals, $359 for new. Deadline to purchase is June 1. Buy now and use through April 29 closing day.
  • Mount Snow, VT, Classic Pass (unlimited access), $599; midweek only, $399. Also, Nor’easter Pass (valid also at Jack Frost and Big Boulder, PA; and Crotched, Mountain, Attitash and Wildcat, NH), $949. Early pricing ends June 1.
  • Check whether your favorite ski area is also offering early-purchase deals now.

Claire Walter

Claire Walter is an award-winning freelance writer, author and blogger specializing in travel, food and winter sports. Her books include Nordic Walking: The Complete Guide to Health Fitness & Fun, The Snowshoe Experience and Skiing on a Budget; she was also a contributor to Rodale Books’ How to Cut Your Spending in Half Without Settling for Less. Originally from Connecticut, she lived for more than 20 years in pricey New York, where she learned to live well for less. She co-owns Mile High on the Cheap. Claire and her husband live in Boulder, Colorado, and she is the mother of grown son who, as a single mom for years, raised him “on the cheap.”

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