With temperatures dropping in Colorado’s high country and ski areas across the state busy making snow for the 2016-17 ski season, now is the time for savvy skiers and riders to do their research and plan their trips to the mountains. Creative vacation packages and new offers from many Colorado Ski Country USA ski areas put a Colorado ski vacation within reach for any budget.
Early-season promotions ranging from discounted lessons, lift tickets and equipment rentals to early-bird discounts on lodging and season passes are available across Colorado Ski Country. While resorts will announce additional promotions throughout the season, below are some of the best early season deals at CSCUSA member resorts that guests can take advantage of today.
Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
The Elevation 4-Pass is the guaranteed best value on multi-day tickets at Arapahoe Basin. Elevation 4-Pass holders can ski any four days throughout the 2016-17 ski season with no blackout dates and then upgrade to a season pass afterwards. Priced at $169 for adults and $109 for kids aged 6-14, this is a great deal for those wanting to ensure they have access during A-Basin’s 70th season. For more information, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Aspen Snowmass guests who book a minimum of two nights lodging receive 40 percent off lift tickets, 15 percent off Four Mountain Sports equipment rentals and 15 percent off select Ski & Snowboard School products. This offer is valid November 24 – December 18, 2016 and must be booked at least seven days in advance of arrival. Guests who book at least three nights at the Little Nell receive two complimentary ski passes valid at all four ski areas. For more information, visit stayaspensnowmass.com and www.aspensnowmass.com
Copper offers a great deal for adult beginners through its Ski and Ride University (SRSU). For just $249, SRSU participants receive three days of ski or snowboard lessons, three days of lift tickets, three days of equipment rentals, three days of parking in the Union Creek lot and two days of lunch. After completion of the three lessons, graduates receive a free season pass for the remainder of the season and 50 percent off next season’s pass. For more information, visit coppercolorado.com/SRSU or www.coppercolorado.com.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Guests flying to Crested Butte can save up to $300 off airfare and 20 percent off lodging when you book four nights of lodging or more by November 15. Other early-season deals include a free night of lodging for every night booked at the Grand Lodge, the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, CBMR Condo Properties or the Inn at Crested Butte from November 22 – December 16, 2016. Kids under 12 ski free from November 24 – December 16, 2016 and April 1 – 9, 2017. Visit skicb.com/bookearly or www.skicb.com for more information.
Eldora Mountain Resort
Eldora’s 4-pack, which has no blackout dates, can be purchased for $219 and provides access to all of Eldora’s terrain, including its three new trails. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
This season Granby Ranch’s 4-Pak is only $169 and offers all mountain access with no blackout dates. Visit www.granbyranch.com for more information.
New this year, Monarch Mountain has a discounted season pass for college students for only $269. Pass holders can purchase one buddy pass per day for $45, a one-time offer for four transferrable lift tickets and receive a 10 percent discount at the Outer Edge Gear and Gift Shop at Monarch. For more information, visit www.skimonarch.com.
Loveland Ski Area
Loveland’s Unrestricted 4-Pak offers four fully transferable lift tickets with no restrictions or blackout dates. Guests can use all four tickets throughout the season or share them with family and friends. 4-Paks are $139 and are available through November 20, 2016. Visit www.skiloveland.com for additional details.
Powderhorn Mountain Resort
To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, kids six and under will ski free all season at Powderhorn and guests can book lodging at the SlopeSide Inn, less than 100 feet away from the Flat Top Flyer lift, for as little as $179. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Guests visiting Purgatory before December 19 can save 30 percent on early season lodging and discounted lift tickets. Visit skipurg.com/specials or www.skipurg.com for more information.
Guests visiting Silverton for opening weekend can ring in the new year with packages starting as low as $449 that include three days of guided skiing, daily lunch and apres drinks, a welcome party and a huge New Year’s Eve bash. For more information, visit www.silvertonmountain.com.
This season, Cooper is offering $30 Thursdays. Beginning January 5, lift tickets are just $30 each Thursday. Plus guests can finish the day at Katie O’Rouke’s Irish Pub. Visit www.skicooper.com for more details.
Sunlight Mountain Ski Resort
Sunlight is home to the nationally recognized Slope & Soak 4-Pack, which is on sale for only $199. The Slope & Soak 4-Pack offers four full day lift tickets plus four day passes to Iron Mountain Hot Springs, which has 16 individual hot spring soaking pools, a freshwater family pool and a jetted spa. Find more at www.sunlightmtn.com.
To kick off the season, Steamboat is offering the Boat Launch pass, which includes three days of skiing from November 24 – December 18, for only $169. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Winter Park Resort
Winter Park Resort is offering first time skiers and riders a great two-for-one learn to ski and ride promotion from November 16 – December 16. You can bring a friend or use both lessons for yourself for only $239, lunch included. For more information visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Before Wolf Creek Ski Area is 100 percent open, skiers and riders can enjoy local appreciation lift ticket rates of just $44 for adults and $24 for seniors and children, with several local appreciation days set between Thanksgiving and Christmas to help pinch pennies for presents. Wolf Creek also offers college students who present a valid school ID and printed class schedule $44 adult lift tickets on pre-announced College Days. To find local appreciation rates and dates for College Days visit www.wolfcreekski.com.