Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Can one buy discount Steamboat lift tickets at gas stations?

Steamboat ski resort is located in the Yampa Valley of northwestern Colorado.  It is a destination resort well-known for its tree skiing, champagne powder, and lack of Front Range crowds.

As a destination ski resort, Steamboat does not have to offer the crazy discount lift ticket deals found at ski resorts found closer to Denver, Colorado.   Most likely you'll be having to pay full price for lift tickets unless one orders them through lodging reservations.

Steamboat does not offer discount lift ticket deals or coupons through gas stations, grocery stores, Costco, or other outlets.  Intrawest employees do receive a few 50% off lift ticket coupons, but those are reserved for friends and family.

The best way to get discounted Steamboat lift tickets is to buy the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus.  Passholders get 6 days at Steamboat with the pass.

The best time to buy a Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus is in April.  That's when the pass is sold for the price of a Rocky Mountain Super Pass.  This deal is not offered again in the fall pass sales.

Another option is to buy a ski pass that has a marketing agreement with Steamboat.  One can buy that other resort's ski pass and then add some days at Steamboat for an additional $160 or so.  Passes at Eldora Mountain Resort and Snowy Range have offered this deal in recent years.

In Colorado there are several different marketing alliances.  It basically boils down to the 22 member Colorado Ski Country USA resorts and Vail Resorts.   They do not offer deals to each others marketing alliance.  Don't ever expect an Epic Pass to be valid at a non-Vail Resorts ski resort.

So if you want discount lift tickets to Steamboat, better buy one of those discount ski passes when they go on sale.

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