Colorado Season Ski Passes

Kate Bailey
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Skiing in Colorado is fun and affordable for everyone

There are literally dozens of different Colorado season ski passes to choose from. With so many ski areas packed into one state, you are certain to find at least one that is both affordable and accessible for you and your family.

The most famous Colorado ski pass allows unlimited skiing at three of the state's top areas:

  • Keystone
  • Breckenridge
  • Arapahoe Basin

In addition to the passes offered for Summit County and Vail/Beaver Creek, there are Colorado season ski passes for Winter Park, Aspen/Snowmass, and smaller ski areas such as Eldora, Loveland and Copper Mountain.

Colorado Season Ski Passes

Here is a sample of the types of Colorado season ski passes you can purchase:

Epic Pass

The 2009/2010 Epic Pass is a season pass that is available for unlimited skiing at:

  • Vail
  • Beaver Creek
  • Breckenridge
  • Keystone
  • Heavenly (Lake Tahoe)
  • Arapahoe Basin

The prices in 2009 are $599 for an adult and $299 for a child.

Benefits include:

  • Automatic membership into the Colorado Pass Club (see below for details)
  • You can ski Heavenly in Lake Tahoe for half price
  • You receive six ski-with-a-friend tickets, so friends and family can ski at a discounted rate
  • You get a one-year complimentary subscription to SKI magazine

Colorado Pass

The Colorado Pass is similar to the Epic Pass, but it includes unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin, plus ten days at Vail and Beaver Creek (with restrictions during Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's).Other benefits are the same as the Epic Pass. 2009 prices are $459 for an adult, $339 for a teen, and $219 for a child.

Summit Pass

The Summit Pass is a season pass that offer unlimited skiing at Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin. The 2009 prices are:

  • $399 Adult
  • $309 Teen
  • $199 Child

Benefits include:

  • Automatic membership into the Colorado Pass Club (see below for details)
  • You can ski Heavenly in Lake Tahoe for half price
  • You receive six ski-with-a-friend tickets, so friends and family can ski at a discounted rate
  • You get a one-year complimentary subscription to SKI magazine
  • During the summer you receive free chairlift rides for scenic visits
  • You also get four $59 lift tickets to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone.

Colorado Pass Club

As mentioned above, the Colorado Pass Club (CPC) is one of the best deals in town. You receive a free membership with the Epic, Colorado and Summit Passes. Benefits include exclusive Colorado Pass Club giveaways, discounts and more. For example, some of the recent CPC member perks have included:

  • Custom-made Colorado Pass Club skis from Folsom Custom Skis of Boulder
  • 2009 K2 Phat Luv Skis
  • 2009 K2 Coomba Skis, Burton Dominant Snowboard
  • Head-to-toe GORE-TEX prize package
  • Spa Treatments at The Keystone Lodge & Spa, A RockResort
  • $50 Starbucks Gift Cards
  • Exclusive discounts and giveaways from Colorado Ski and Golf
  • Keystone Friday Night Lights lodging and VIP tickets
  • VIP Season Kickoff Party at INVESCO Field at Mile High tickets
  • Beaver Creek Talons Challenge lodging and registration
  • Keystone Culinary Festival lodging and tickets
  • Taste of Vail lodging and tickets
  • Access to the RockResorts 96-hour Sale featuring luxury hotel rooms from $9
  • Exclusive CPC lodging offers at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone and more

Aspen/Snowmass Ski Passes

This year (2009) Aspen/Snowmass has six different pass offerings:

  1. Premier Pass: This pass offers unlimited skiing/riding on all four of the Aspen/Snowmass mountains, including Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk, as well as summer lift access, all for $1,799
  2. Flex Pass: New for 2009/2010, the Flex Pass provides one day of skiing/riding each week of the winter ski season on any of the four mountains. You can also add days any time you want to for $49 per day. Flex Pass holders also get discounts on summer lifts. The price is $919
  3. Escape Pass: The Escape Pass is for those who might live there and only ski every once in a while, or for those who want to come and stay and ski for several days. It offers direct-to-lift, pay-as-you-go access to all four mountains for $49 per day as well as discounts on summer lift access. However, you must purchase this pass by December 18, 2009
  4. Lower Lifts Pass: This pass, for $59, allows you unlimited skiing on two lifts. In Snowmass, you can ski Assay Hill, and on Buttermilk, you can ski Panda Peak.
  5. Child 6 and Under Pass: This allows kids to ski or ride for free on any of the four mountains without having to visit the ticket office. The pass only costs $19
  6. Four-Mountain Foot Pass: If you are just interested in jumping on a lift or on the gondolas to grab a bite at the Sundeck or to see the views, this pass, for $189, allows you access to any of the mountains

Other Colorado Ski Passes

Some of the other Colorado ski passes include:

  • Winter Park: Ski passes for Winter Park/Mary Jane are $369
  • Eldora: Ski/ride at Eldora all winter long for $409
  • Copper Mountain: A Copper Mountain ski pass will only set you back $359 for the whole ski season
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Colorado Season Ski Passes