Saturday, February 21, 2015

Where to buy local day lift tickets in Colorado

by G. Kunkel

If you didn't buy a season pass, one will be stuck with the more expensive option of buying day lift tickets.

There are a number of places to buy local day lift tickets along the Front Range.

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In the Denver area there is King Soopers, Safeway, REI, and Costco.

Along the Interstate 70 corridor, there is the Rental shop next to the truck stop in Dumont.  One can also get the SkiFreeDeals coupon at the gas station in Idaho Springs.

None of these locations will be selling discounted day lift tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Steamboat, Aspen, or Telluride.  Vail does sell multidays to Breckenridge/Keystone which will net you a day at Vail.

The Eldora Store in Boulder does sell day lift tickets to Eldora Mountain Resort.  Loveland sells its day tickets at a number of sites.  They are listed on their website.

If one needs day tickets to Monarch Mountain or Crested Butte, Costco is an option as well.  Those are the only tickets I've seen offered so far for the 2014-2015 ski season.

REI sells day tickets in select stores in Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico.  Availability varies by store.  More information on their website.

Expect all the Epic Pass choices valid for the 2015-2016 season to go on sale in March.  If one needs a four day pass to Breckenridge, buy the 4 Day Epic Pass if it is offered.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

4 Day Spring Break Pass for Winter Park Ski Resort

by G. Kunkel

March brings big snow to Colorado and Spring Break passes.  Buy now to get the best rates.

Winter Park Resort is offering a four day pass valid in March for $319.  The prices goes up after March 2, 2015.

The pass can be purchased online on their website.

If March isn't your ideal time to ski or snowboard, even better deals are had in April.  At 9000 ft above sea level, the snow is still good.

Check out the April Double Dip Pass or the Triple Play Pass for saving at Winter Park and Steamboat.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

King Soopers lift ticket prices

by G. Kunkel

If one is looking for the price of a lift ticket sold at King Soopers grocery store in Colorado, that information is not available on the internet.  You'll need to go to a store.

Prices vary throughout the season.  Prices are higher during the holiday periods.

In general, one saves about $9 off the lift ticket window price.  This is especially true with Breckenridge or Keystone.

One can find better deals that individual resorts offer like 'I Ski with KBCO',  Wolf Creek 'Local Appreciation Days', or 'Hooky Day' at Loveland.   The restrictions on these however are very tight.  Typically, they are just offered once a month and are generally on weekdays.

If one really needs the price of a lift ticket at King Soopers, one can order that information from me.  I will then go to a Front Range store location and get the price for a specific date at a specific resort.  For example, you wish to ski at Breckenridge on March 5, 2015.

The price per resort/ one date is $5.


                                        
Be sure to include a note with the name of the Colorado ski resort and date you need the price for.  The lift ticket must be sold at King Soopers.  Please allow a two day turn-around time.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Steamboat lift ticket discounts in grocery stores

by G. Kunkel

As a premier destination ski resort in Colorado, Steamboat has not offered its lift tickets in grocery stores since the 1990's.  Discount lift tickets are not readily available around Denver or the Front Range either.

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If one wants a discount on their lift products, you'll need to plan months in advance.

Where to buy them:
  • Buy a Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus between April and November
  • Buy them on the Steamboat website 10 days in advance
  • Purchase a 3 Day Pass during the Labor Day weekend event in Denver
  • Purchase an Olympian Pass when it goes on sale
  • Buy a Springalicious Pass when they go on sale
  • Buy a 4 x 40 Pass online when available
  • Buy them in advance with your lodging
  • Buy some add-on days with a Snowy Range season pass. 
  • Military discounts are available but the Patriot RMSP+ Pass is a better deal
These are most of the places and times to buy discounted products for Steamboat.  They have never been offered in Costco, REI, or other outlet.

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Steamboat is not part of the competitive Front Range market.  You will pay a premium to ski or snowboard there.

Do not wait till there is snow on the ground in Steamboat Springs to buy lift tickets.   


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

4 Packs lift tickets for Colorado ski resorts

by G. Kunkel

Four Packs or Four Passes are a common lift ticket package sold by Colorado ski resorts.  They can offer significant savings for the average consumer.

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These pass products are sold in the fall by the resorts and are not available for purchase during the winter months.  So, if one wishes to buy these, get them before the end of October.   Some may be available in November but they will be gone by the middle of the month.

If you are reading this and the lifts are turning at the resort you wish to visit, you waited too late.

A few lower tier (non-destination) resorts offer 3 packs during the winter.  Those may be your best option if you procrastinated.

Other economy tickets are available through King Soopers and Safeway.  Costco has only carried ones for Crested Butte, Eldora, Monarch, and Durango.   Tickets to Aspen/Snowmass, Vail, Steamboat, and Telluride are never sold through these outlets.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Does King Soopers sell Vail lift tickets?

by G. Kunkel

Yes, King Soopers sells lift tickets to Vail.   But not Vail ONLY single or multi-day lift tickets.

If you want to buy Vail lift tickets at King Soopers or Safeway, you'll need to buy a multi-day for Breckenridge or Keystone first.  Only a day or so will will then be valid at Vail or Beaver Creek.

If one wants to buy lift passes for Vail only, you'll need to look elsewhere.

The only places to purchase Vail only tickets?
  • From their website at Snow.com
  • From the lift ticket window
  • Advance purchase from your lodging
  • Buy during the non-skiing season (aka summer) at sales events or online
  • Ski with a Friend passes (you'll need to contact a season pass holder)
  • Use your credit card points
There are no outlets in Denver or the Front Range to purchase lift tickets to Vail.  No coupon books carry them either.

Vail Resorts tightly controls where the lift tickets to its premium ski resorts are sold.  They do not sell discounted passes in grocery stores or Costco for Vail or Beaver Creek.

Tickets can be purchased to middle tier resorts such as Keystone and Breckenridge.

In addition, parking in the parking garage's in Vail cost $25/day.  There are a few free spots but they are a bus ride away or are privileged locals only information.

Update: 3/9/17. King Soopers no longer sells lift tickets for Vail Resorts.  Buy at snow.com

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