Tuesday, May 29, 2012

2012 -2013 A-Basin 4 Packs available for purchase starting Labor Day Weekend

The A-Basin 4 Pack of discount ski lift tickets is only available for purchase for a limited time.  Miss the sales period and you'll probably have to buy one of their 3 Passes for a slightly higher price.

The 2012 -2013 A-Basin 4 Pack goes on sale starting Labor Day Weekend at SNIAGRAB.  Check the Denver Post for times, prices, and any special deals.

The price for this coming ski season's Arapahoe Basin Four Pack of lift tickets has not yet been set.  I'm sure it will be very reasonable.  Last ski season they were $139.

What is an Arapahoe Basin 4 Pack?

"A 4 pack is 4 fully transferable ski lift tickets valid any day of the season. A 4 pack can be used on 4 different days or all 4 can be used on one day, they can be shared with family and friends and gives you direct to lift access. 4 packs are only sold at ski shows."

A-Basin does offer different packs of tickets throughout the ski season.  They are a better than the window rate but not as good as the 4 Pack price.  Blackout days may apply.

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Monday, May 28, 2012

When is SNIAGRAB held?

The famous SNIAGRAB ski equipment sale is held annually at Front Range Sports Authority locations in Colorado.  It starts Labor Day Weekend and runs for several months.

At SNIAGRAB, skiers and snowboarders can purchase previous years equipment and clothing at discounted prices.  Colorado ski resorts use the long Labor Day Weekend to kick off their fall season pass sales events.

During the holiday weekend, most major Colorado ski resorts will have a booth set up along Broadway outside the downtown Denver Sportscastle location.  One can purchase Vail Resort's Epic Passes, Aspen Snowmass Classic Passes, and passes for Loveland Ski Area, Crested Butte, Echo Mountain, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, A-Basin, and a few others.

While the downtown SNIAGRAB location has great pass deals, Colorado ski resorts have been offering bonus days on to their passes at sales locaions for Ski Rex, and Powder Daze.  Check the Denver Post for the deals at area ski sales.  The bonus days are only available on specific days at specific locations.

Those looking for equipment deals should do their homework before heading to the Labor Day Weekend ski sales.  The equipment offered is not-high end gear and more suited to entry-level abilities.

SNIAGRAB is only held once during the year.  Miss it and you'll be waiting until August.


Remember to tip a great ski or snowboard lesson

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

2012 Loveland Ski Area Fall Ski Show and Pass Sales Events

Starting Labor Day Weekend of 2012, Loveland Ski Area will be selling their season passes and 4 Packs of lift tickets.

Loveland will be at SNIAGRAB, Ski Rex, and Powder Daze events along the Front Range of Colorado.  They will selling a variety of Loveland ski pass products.

Though they haven't mentioned it in any press release, I expect that Loveland will have a special sales location that will offer a bonus day.  The special will probably only be available for one day.   I'd bet it's going to be the Powder Daze location in south Denver.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Lowest Price on Loveland Ski Area 2012 - 2013 Passes ends May 31, 2012

If you want to get a Loveland Ski Area season pass for the 2012 - 13 ski season for the lowest price possible, you only have a few days left.  Prices rise after May 31, 2012.

Loveland Ski Area passes can be purchased online.  Adult pass (age 23-69) are $369, Young adult pass (age 15-22) are $269, child (6-14) are $159, Senior (79+) are $79, Midweek are $259, and children under 5 are free.

Loveland does not have student or college student season passes.  Just find the pass for your age category.  Discount military ski passes will go on sale at Front Range military bases starting mid-September.  No military passes will be sold at the ski area or sales events.

A Loveland Ski Area pass offers three days of free skiing at Monarch Mountain Ski Area and Durango Mountain Resort.  The pass will also offer discounts with yet-to-be-named partners.

For more information and to buy your pass online, visit http://www.skiloveland.com/ticketsandpasses/SeasonPasses.aspx

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Is that used ski pass transferable or non-transferable

Ski season passes come in two types - fully transferable and non-transferable.  Fully transferable passes can be used by other people.  Non-transferable passes cannot be used by other skiers, snowboarders, and skibikers.

Before buying or letting others use your pass, check the terms and conditions of the pass.  For the most part, ski passes with your picture on it are non-transferable.  That means you can't sell it or let others use it.

Daily lift tickets that have already been used by someone else are non-transferable.  If you are through skiing or snowboarding for the day, don't give your lift ticket pass to someone begging for it in the parking lot.  If they are caught and it is linked to your credit card - the ski resort will know who to call.

The consequences in Colorado for using someone else's non-transferrable ski season pass or used lift ticket are fairly high.  It's called 'theft of services' and is taken very seriously.  The legal fine is $500 - $999 and some jail time.  The ski resort can institute its own fines too.  A great blog post on the subject.

Many ski resorts will ban those caught using someone else's pass for life.  Others may ban them for a few years.  They all will make you pay the full high season rate for a ski pass for that season and the first season you try to buy a ski pass afterwards.

Say if you got caught using someone else's Epic Pass.  You'll be paying Vail Resort's somewhere around $1200.00 - $1800.00 for the pass you used.  You'll then be paying around $1200.00 the next time you try to buy an Epic Pass.  They have an extensive database - there's nowhere to hide.  I've seen it happen on the TGR Forum.

Think you won't get caught using someone else's ski pass?  Think again.  Scanner technology has improved in recent years.  They display a nice big picture of the passholder along with height, weight, and age.  The liftie cares too.  He gets a $75 reward for every lift ticket scammer they catch.  A starving liftie is always on the lookout for ski pass scammers.

Think Craigslist is a great place to pick up a used ski pass?  Wrong again.  Ski resorts have monitored Craigslist for years.   They even conduct sting operations.  Just don't do it in Colorado.  Lift ticket revenue is a major source of income for ski resorts.

Many ski resorts in Colorado now have discount season passes for sale during the off-season.  Take advantage of them.

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

The most expensive times to ski in Colorado

If one is looking for an inexpensive or cheaper time to save money on a ski vacation to Colorado, the best advice is to avoid the holiday periods and spring break.  Holidays in the USA include Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Weekend, President's Weekend, and Spring Break in March.

Colorado ski resorts know their busy periods from data going back decades.  They know their market and price accordingly.  During holiday periods you'll pay more for lodging, lift tickets, and airfare.  If you bought a season pass or discount lift tickets to save money, make sure they aren't blacked out for these periods.

Snow conditions are not always fantastic during these periods either.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are very early season so limited terrain may be open and snowfall less than optimal.  There are ski seasons when the snow comes early and keeps dumping throughout the season.

For more information on expensive times to go skiing, snowboarding, or skibiking in Colorado, read the article The Worst Times to Go Skiing or Snowboarding in Colorado.

To find out the best times to save money on a Colorado ski vacation, read the article The Best Times to Ski or Snowboard Vacation in Colorado.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friends and Family discount lift tickets

Many people forget that their ski season pass probably has friends and family or buddy discount lift tickets loaded onto it.   As most offer significant savings, what a shame!

Check the website of your pass or call the season pass office of the ski resort you have a season pass at to find out if they have discount friends ski lift tickets.  If you've used a few, they may even be able to tell you your current balance.

Friends and family lift tickets really come in handy during the holidays if it's not a blackout period for your pass.  Some passes will allow you to purchase discounted blackout period tickets.

If you are still shopping for a ski season pass for the 2012 - 2013 ski season and the option of buying tickets for friends and family is important, figure out who will give you the best deal.  Some offer more tickets than others.

Full season passes are not the only passes that offer friends and family discount lift tickets in Colorado.  Many picture four passes offer discount friends and family lift tickets too.  A few ski resorts allow reloading of four passes too!

Friends and family lift tickets can really save money on a group ski vacation.  Don't forget about them.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The 2011 -12 Colorado ski season has ended

Arapahoe Basin turned off its chair lifts on Sunday April 6, 2012 putting an end to skiing, snowboarding, and skbiking for the 2011-12 ski season in Colorado.  In a Denver Post blog article today, it was officially declared the worst ski season in Colorado in 20 years.

Now that the corner has been turned, things can only get better!  Next season has to be better than this one.

The season has ended but the pass sales for the 2012 - 2013 ski season continue for many ski resorts.  While many have ended their spring special deals on their passes, a few have extended them.

Look for extended specials on the Rocky Mountain Super Pass, Echo Mountain, Monarch Mountain, and Sunlight Mountain Resort.

As the temperatures heat up for the summer most people will forget about ski passes until Labor Day Weekend.  Fall ski pass sales will then start up.  Most of these deals won't be as good as the spring specials.

If you have a 2011 -12 ski pass, don't forget to use it this summer at resorts with summer programs.  Many offer free chairlift rides and summer activities.  Call or check the website of your pass to see if you can take advantage of any food or lodging deals too.

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