Tuesday, March 21, 2017

March 23 2017 Winter Park Resort BOGO lift ticket

by G. Kunkel

 I Ski With KBCO returns to Winter Park Resort on March 23, 2017.  Buy one lift ticket and get one free with the coupon.  This is a great mid-week deal.



This deal is as easy as printing the coupon from the radio station website.  One must print out the coupon for the deal.  No showing a smartphone screen.  And they will not print out one for you at the resort.

Visit the station website here.

Both lift tickets must be used the same day - March 23, 2017.  No refunds on lift tickets. They cannot be used with any other discount.

The coupon can be used at either the Winter Park or Mary Jane ticket windows.

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And if one is taking a lesson, don't forget to tip your instructor or your children's instructor.  Yes - It has always been a tipped profession.

 Bring and use sunscreen.  Skin gets toasted at high altitude.

All parking is free at Mary Jane.  Parking is free in Lot G at Winter Park.  Take the free shuttle to the base area.

The town of Winter Park now runs a free bus system year-round.  Great for making a quick trip into town without losing your parking spot.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

March 2017: The Epic Pass is on sale

by G. Kunkel

 The North American Spring is the best time to buy an Epic Pass product.  It is the guaranteed lowest price and comes with extra buddy passes loaded onto it.

Wait until Fall to purchase this pass and one will be paying more for less.  The only exception to this rule is the Epic Adaptive Pass for the permanently disabled.

The Epic Pass is the all-encompassing unlimited pass for every Vail Resorts owned ski resort worldwide with no blackout dates.  It is the best deal if one does a few weeks of skiing every season.  A window ticket at Vail was around $169/day this season.



There actually are a slew of Epic pass products.  Shop the Vail Resorts website to find the one that best fits your ski and snowboard days.  Be aware of restrictions and blackout days for each pass.

Next season will bring Whistler-Blackcomb onto the Epic pass.  Stowe may or may not join it for the 2017-18 season depending upon when the purchase is completed.

An additional benefit is that one can put down a partial payment in the spring and then pay the balance in the fall.  A partial payment cannot be cancelled so think carefully before purchase.

In Spring 2017, if one buys before April 9, one gets 6 Buddy Tickets and 6 Ski With A Friend Tickets.   The Buddy Tickets typically are not offered during Fall pass sales.

Not prominently listed are the Epic Local College Pass and the Summit Value College Pass,.  These are great passes for college students.

As always, pass insurance can be purchased.  As the price of the passes increase, it starts making more sense to purchase.

As always, picture passes are non-transferable.  That means one cannot sell it, rent it, or transfer it to another person.  Use the Buddy Tickets or Ski with a Friend tickets.

I recommend buying your pass within the next three weeks.

If one is a member of SIA, one can always wait.  SIA is not open to the general public and sales are limited to registered SIA participants.



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

2017 Breckenridge discount lift tickets

by G. Kunkel

Breckenridge discount lift tickets are pretty much dead for the 2016-17 ski season.  They are not offered in King Soopers, Safeway, or any other Colorado grocery store.

Vail Resorts, which owns Breckenridge, wants customers to to buy lift tickets and passes directly from them these days.   Eliminating the middle man is one way for them to maximize revenue.

Vail Resorts guarantees that the lowest ticket price will always be on their website.

One's best plan is to buy a season pass product or a multi-day pass product.  The sooner one buys it in the spring, the better the deal.  Some products come with discounted lift tickets loaded onto them for family and friends.

If one waits till the ski season to buy a discounted product on the website, it may not be available.  Sales of most value passes stop mid-November.

Transfer of picture passes is illegal and can result in a $1000 fine and some jail time.  It is called 'theft of services'.   So, don't plan on buying or renting a pass off Craigslist.   Some bargain seekers have been scammed off there for thousands of dollars.

If you did not plan ahead, your best bet is to buy them 7 days in advance off the Vail website.

Another option is to ski or snowboard at smaller, cheaper ski resorts like Loveland or Arapahoe Basin.  They both still offer discount lift tickets in the grocery store and offer discount passes throughout the ski season.


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Winter Park Resort BOGO with I Ski With KBCO

by G. Kunkel

 Buy one adult lift ticket and get one free this Thursday February 16, 2017 with the KBCO radio promotion.

All the details and the printable coupon are on the radio station's website.  Just print out the coupon and bring it to a lift ticket window.  One must print out the coupon.

Grab a person waiting in the lift ticket line and you can both ski for half price.  Beats paying the current advance purchase price of $149.

Winter Park lift tickets are no longer sold in Colorado grocery stores.  They are not sold at Costco either.

If you want a deal at this resort, one will need to hunt for it.  Congratulations! This is one of those deals.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Crested Butte lift tickets now available in Costco for 2017

by G. Kunkel

Discount Crested Butte lift tickets are now available in Costco.  At least the Denver Metro locations.  I found the below offer in the Thornton store.


One can purchase two adult lift tickets for $99.99.   They are valid until April 9, 2017.  There are a number of blackout dates.   They include Feb 18-19,  March 6-8, March 13-16.



The lift tickets are valid 2 o 3 three consecutive days.  So that looks like a weekends worth of tickets.

I'm assuming one can buy as many as they want.   Read the details on the card for any restrictions.

I did not observe any other offers to any other ski resort in the store.  That includes Colorado and the entire USA.  I did see that there are online offers for Monarch.  One will need to log into the Costco website to get the details.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Few King Soopers discount lift ticket deals left in 2017

by G. Kunkel

There are very few lift ticket discounts left at King Soopers this season.  And do not expect the old ones to return.   Market forces are changing.

The only tickets sales left are:
  • Copper Mountain
  • Monarch
  • Ski Cooper 
  • Loveland
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • one or two other small mountains
There are no discount tickets this season at Colorado grocery stores for:
  • Breckenridge
  • Keystone
  • Eldora
  • Winter Park
 Vail Resorts which owns Breckenridge and Keystone is moving away from selling its tickets anywhere but on its website and at special sales events.  One will pay a heavy price for not planning ahead this season.

Eldora was sold to a new owner last summer.  They are free to do whatever marketing and selling strategy they want to.  Who knows if they will sell anything in Costco this season.

Winter Park.....I do not know.  Pretty sure Intrawest is trying to widen their profit margin.  One can still find deals but just not at King Soopers.   I did notice they are still doing weekday 'I Ski with KBCO'.

SkiFreeDeals.com is also slim pickings for some of the old-stand-bys.  So, good-bye good gas station deals.

Buying a GEMS card will probably be a good thing this year. Buy one at Colorado Ski Country USA for $25.

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