Thursday, January 26, 2012

Where to buy Aspen lift tickets in 2012

Where one can buy Aspen lift tickets is pretty easy.

One can purchase them online from the Aspen SkiCo website or at a walk up lift ticket window.

Want discount tickets to an Aspen mountain? That's going to take some planning.

The best place to purchase a discounted ski pass to Aspen is at a pre-season sales event in Colorado. Preferably along the Front Range. Renewals can be purchased online. First time purchases must be done in-person.

Missed the sales events? You'll need to purchase them along with your lodging package. Most accommodations around Aspen offer discount tickets as long as they are purchased in advance.

Looking for something online? Liftopia offers lift/lodging deals for Aspen/Snowmass throughout the ski season.

Where to not bother looking for a discounted Aspen ski lift ticket? - King Soopers, City Market, Safeway, Costco, or any other grocery store or members club. Aspen/Snowmass does not sell its tickets through these outlets.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Get a free weekday lift ticket to Ski Cooper

If you own a Colorado Ski Country USA Gems Card, it's good for a free weekday lift ticket at Ski Cooper in February. That's Ski Cooper not Copper.

Just show your Gems Card at the lift ticket window and they'll set you up.

Don't have a CSCUSA Gems Card? They can be ordered online or picked up at select Colorado Credit Union locations across Colorado. They only cost $10.

For more information or to order a Gems Card visit http://www.shopcoloradoski.com/product_p/cscusa_gems_card_2011_12.htm

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Winter Park Resort Lesson Four Packs are not available at King Soopers for the 2011-12 ski season

Bad news!

Winter Park Resort is not offering discount lesson 4 Passes at King Soopers this ski season. They did sell them through Christy Sports earlier this season during Powder Daze and had them available for sale one weekend just before Christmas.

One can still get discounts on lessons at Winter Park Resort for adults and kids ski and snowboard lessons. Either book your lessons in advance on the Winter Park Resort website, through Central Reservations, or by stopping a Winter Park instructor and asking for a Gold Card.

Gold Cards let the holder get $20 off a group lesson or private lesson - kids or adults. The card must be presented when purchasing the ski or snowboard lesson. If you need some, send me an email. I'll be happy to mail some domestically.  (update: Gold Cards are no longer available)

Ski and snowboard lessons are a great way to improve and enjoy more of the terrain at a ski resort. Expert slopes are generally less crowded and have shorter lift lines.

Don't forget to tip a great ski lesson.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Active duty military can get their Patriot Rocky Mountain Super Pass throughout the 2011-12 ski season

I just confirmed with Winter Park Resort Guest Services. Active duty military members, their spouses, and their dependents can purchase the Patriot Rocky Mountain Super Pass throughout the ski season. There is no purchase deadline!

Active duty members and their family should visit the Winter Park Season Pass Office to get their passes. Bring your valid military ID's. Adult passes and children's passes are available. The Adult Patriot Pass is $239. The Child Patriot Pass is $124.

Not ready to commit to a season pass? There's also a very generous discount off daily walk-up lift tickets for active duty military and their family members. Again, bring your valid military ID's to the ticket window.

Thanks again to all active duty and veterans for your service.

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Colorado Ski Lift Pass Rumor Control

There are lots of myths and rumors about ski passes in Colorado. I just ran across a really funny one today.

The rumor? College students in Colorado get free ski passes. This is absolutely not true. No Colorado ski resort gives away ski passes to college students.

This may have been sparked by the Wells Fargo Buy One Get One Ski Pass Free deal available only to college students going to colleges in Wyoming or Colorado. Since the Wells Fargo ski pass deal ended in December, someone is smoking some wacky weed.

5th Grade students can still apply for the free 5th Grade Passport. It's good for 3 days of skiing or snowboarding at 21 select Colorado ski resorts. 6th Grade Passports are still available for $99. Application deadline for both is January 31, 2012. You don't have to be a Colorado resident to apply.

Applications for Vail Resorts School of Shred Pass for 5th and 6th Graders stopped being accepted November 7, 2011. They must be applied for in-person along Colorado's Front Range.

Another Colorado ski pass rumor bites the dust. No free ski passes for Colorado college or university students.

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Free ski or snowboard lesson for Colorado 5th Grade Passport holders in January 2012

Don't forget that 5th Grade Passport and School of Shred holders receive a free first-timer ski or snowboard lesson in January 2012. Those without a 5th Grade Passport have until January 31, 2012 to apply. The School of Shred Pass application deadline has passed for the 2011-12 ski season.

The Colorado Ski Country USA 5th Grade Passport is valid for one free never-ever lesson and rental package at 21 member ski resorts. They include Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch, Steamboat, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Telluride, Winter Park Resort, and Wolf Creek Ski Area. It is NOT VALID at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, or Breckenridge.

The First Class Program is only valid for those who have never skied or snowboarded before. You'll need to call the Colorado Ski Country USA Customer Service Representative to request a voucher for the resort you plan to attend. Once a lesson voucher is issued it is not transferable and cannot be reissued.

Get all your questions answered at http://www.coloradoski.com/frequently-asked-questions

Vail Resorts is also offering a free first time ski or snowboard lesson to 5th and 6 Graders who are School of Shred Pass holders. No voucher is needed - just the pass. The lesson is available at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, and Breckenridge.

Questions? http://www.snow.com/epic-pass/info/schoolofshred.aspx

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011-12 Echo Mountain Season Pass still for sale in January 2012

Echo Mountain is making a name for itself as the closest ski area to Denver. What's even more attractive is the season pass is still only $279 in January 2012.

The Echo Mountain Season Pass includes 3 free days at Sunlight Mountain near Glenwood Springs and 3 free days at Ski Cooper near Leadville.

So far, they've had a record season teaching beginner skiers and snowboarders coming from Denver. The Lesson 6 Pack for $230 is hard to pass up and can be purchased online.

Echo Mountain also offers night skiing and snowboarding after 4 pm for $35. Demo Days by manufacturers are not to be missed. Check their online Event Schedule Calendar for upcoming demos.

More information about Echo Mountain can be found at http://www.echomtnpark.com/

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Last day to buy a Arapahoe Basin Holiday 3 Pass

Today, January 9, 2012, is the last day to buy an A Basin Holiday 3 Pass for the 2011-12 ski season. If you missed out on buying the 4 pack for A Basin, this is your next best deal.

The Holiday 3 Pass is $148 which averages to $49/day for a lift ticket. The pass can be purchased at A basin's online store at http://shop.arapahoebasin.com/estore/

The pass is non-transferrable and is valid for three days of skiing, riding, or skibiking at Arapahoe Basin.

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The 4x40 Pass is available until January 31, 2012

If you are looking for a promotional discount lift pass for Steamboat Ski Area and Winter Park Resort, the 4x40 Pass is your best bet.

The 4x40 Pass is valid for 2 days of skiing, snowboarding, or skibiking at both Steamboat and Winter Park Resort. The pass is only $229 for four days on the slopes. That's $57/day for a lift ticket. The walkup rate for both ski joints is currently $99/day.

This discount pass can be purchased online at http://skicolorado.com/4by40.aspx through January 31, 2010.

The rules and restrictions from skicolorado.com
"Available online only and must be purchased at least 48 hrs. prior to use. Pass valid through April 22, 2012 at Winter Park Resort and April 8, 2012 at Steamboat. Passes are non-transferrable, non-refundable, and cannot be combined with any other offer. Passes are available for pick up at Winter Park or Steamboat. Limited supply. For information or questions, call 800-729-5832."

4x40 Lodging Passes are available for 2 or 4 night stays. The 2 day pass includes one night at Steamboat and one night at Winter Park for $299. The 4 day pass includes two nights at Steamboat and two nights at Winter Park for $519.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Get a Loveland Ski Area adult lift ticket for $40 in 2012

It might be a typo but take advantage of a Loveland Ski Area coupon on the Colorado Ski Country USA website while you can.

Get an adult lift ticket to Loveland for only $40 during the 2011-12 ski season. It was probably meant to be used in conjunction with a 5th or 6th Grade Passport but they left that language off the coupon.

The blackout days are over for this coupon so its valid for the rest of the season. Just print it out and bring it to the lift ticket window. It's not valid with any other offers or promotions.

Go to http://www.coloradoski.com/passport and scroll down to the Passport Coupon section. Download the pdf file and then start printing.

Parents with 5th or 6th Graders with a Passport can take advantage of many other coupons in the same pdf file.

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Got an Epic Pass? Ski for free at Big Sky Montana in January 2012

The secret is out. Conditions suck right now in Colorado. Just no fresh powder in sight.

Epic Pass holders can do something about the lack of freshies in Colorado. Travel north. Those who book lodging with Big Sky can ski for free in January 2012. Just call Big Sky Central Reservations and ask for the Epic Package.

Friends of Epic Passholders who don't have an Epic Pass are being extended Bring a Buddy Coupons for $74/day.

Read more about it at http://bigskyresort.com/blog/post/Big-Sky-Shares-the-Snow-Love.aspx

According to the Big Sky Montana blog "Big Sky Resort is currently open with 3,381 skiable acres, 4,350 vertical feet, and 100% of lifts running. From rolling groomers to chutes off of the Lone Peak Tram and Big Sky’s 5 new gladed runs, 131 out of Big Sky’s 155 named runs are currently open. "

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Colorado 6th Grade Passport for $99 still on sale for the 2011-12 ski season

January 31, 2012 is the deadline to buy a 2011-12 Colorado 6th Grade Passport. For $99 6th Graders get 4 days of skiing and snowboarding at 21 participating Colorado ski resorts.

The pass must be applied for online. Non-Colorado residents can apply. Passports cannot be picked up and rush shipping is not available. Processing can take two weeks. Some resorts have blackout days.

The Colorado 6th Grade Passport is valid at: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista Golf and Ski Ranch, Steamboat, Sunlight Mountain Resort, Telluride, Winter Park Resort, and Wolf Creek Ski Area. It is NOT VALID at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, or Breckenridge.

How to apply for the Colorado 6th Grade Passport. Don't worry about not having an Application Code for the application. Just leave it blank. That code is just used for Colorado schoolchildren's applications.

More details at the Colorado Ski Country USA website.

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There's a Steamboat lift ticket + ski rental deal at Liftopia.com

Steamboat never discounts it's lift tickets in full season. It's the only game in town for miles around and they know it.

That adage seems to have changed at least a bit in the past week. There's a discount lift ticket on Liftopia.com that's a pretty good deal if one needs to rent skis. That may be a great option for those who leave their skis at home due to high airline fees.

The Deal:

Get a four-day all-access lift ticket and 4 days of ski rentals for $399. Considering a walk-up daily tickets at Steamboat are $99 for the 2011-12 ski season (high season), this is a pretty good deal. They are basically throwing in a free ski rental.

According to the Liftopia.com website "Lift Tickets are date specific and only valid for the days purchased. Packages are non-transferable and non-refundable. Upgrades and lift ticket extensions are unavailable with this special package."

If you can't make the January dates another Steamboat lift ticket deal is happening for February 2012 for $399 or $499 depending upon the dates.

Right now it looks like very few of this packages deals are left.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Lift ticket prices at King Soopers, City Market, and Safeway

by G. Kunkel

It seems everyone wants to find out the lift ticket prices for ski resorts in Colorado grocery stores. The challenge - lift ticket prices are not static throughout the ski season.  Just like the price of gasoline - they go up and down.

Colorado ski resorts know when the peak times are for skier, snowboarder, and skibiker visits. As for-profit businesses that rely heavily on lift ticket revenue, they are going to charge premium pricing during busy periods. This includes pricing at Colorado grocery stores.

If you want to know the most current price for lift tickets, you'll need to call a grocery store. Prices can vary from one day to the next.

Available lift tickets can vary too. The grocery stores can run out or they may no longer carry the same tickets as last ski season.

Some ski resorts like Aspen and Steamboat stopped selling discount lift tickets in King Soopers, City Market, and Safeway in the mid-1990's. You'll need to buy them with your lodging or very generously tip your ski instructor to find out alternative methods.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Discount lift tickets for Steamboat Ski Resort

by G. Kunkel

Everyone knows that Steamboat does not sell discount lift tickets in any Colorado grocery store. This includes King Soopers, Safeway, Albertson's, City Market, and Costco.

Due to its location away from the competitive Front Range ski resort market, they can charge premium pricing for its lift tickets. That's not to say however that one can't find deals. With some advance planning, one can find reduced prices.

Need some ideas on where to look for those discount lift tickets to Steamboat Ski Resort?

Here are my suggestions.....

How to get discount ski lift tickets to Steamboat Ski Resort

Save Money with a Discount Spring Pass at Steamboat Ski Resort

Save Money on Lift Tickets to Steamboat Ski Resort and Winter Park Resort with the New 4by40 Pass

Discount Military Ski Passes Available in Colorado

How to apply for the free Colorado 5th Grade Passport

How to apply for the Colorado 6th Grade Passport for discount skiing and snowboarding


Want free lift tickets to Steamboat? Volunteer at the ski resort. They always need free help when race competitions are being held.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Aspen ski lift tickets available at Colorado grocery stores?

Up until the mid-1990's one could purchase discounted lift tickets for Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands in Colorado grocery stores.

Today, with the advent of the Aspen Classic Pass, this is no longer true. Discount lift tickets to the four Aspen Skiing Company mountains are no longer available for purchase at King Soopers, Safeway, Albertson's, City Market, Costco, or any other supermarket.

If you want to get discounted lift tickets today, purchase an Aspen Classic Pass before the ski season starts or purchase them along with your lodging package. Most require advance purchase to get a discounted price.

To get free lift tickets to Aspen, obtain employment at a non-Vail Resorts ski resort in Colorado. Employees can get free non-transferable Real Deal coupons and their spouses and dependents can get coupons for 50% off.

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