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Spring Specials and Early Pass Sales Abound in Colorado Ski Country

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.25, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

As we begin to leave our heaviest layers in the parking lot, don sunglasses, and wear more sunblock on the slopes Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are celebrating the beginning of spring by offering skiers and riders the best spring specials and 2014-15 season pass deals available. Many of them have deadlines that are approaching fast, so make sure to lock in those passes before the savings are gone.

Listed below are the promotional deals, starting with spring passes, and ending with next season’s lowest pass prices.

Spring Specials:

Winter Park

Spring Break Pass

-Four tickets can be used over six consecutive days between 2/28 and 4/6: $299

Winter Park Triple Play

-Three days of April skiing at Winter Park: $119

**Valid April 1st to April 20th, 2014.

Double Dip

-Unlimited April skiing at Winter Park and Steamboat: $179

Steamboat

Springalicious Pass

-Any three days of April skiing or riding at Steamboat: $109.

**Valid April 1 through April 13.

2014-15 Season Passes:

Eldora

Super Value Pass

-Season pass for $269

-Valid for the remainder of the 2013-14 season and the 2014-15 season

Steamboat

2014-15 Season Pass

-Adult (18-69): $999
-Teen (13-17): $549
-Child (6-12): $319
-Senior (70+): $449
-College (Full-time): $519
-Child (5 & under): $30
-Night Add-on: $59
-Night only season pass: $199
-Winter Park Upgrade: $100
-1st Tracks direct-to-lift season pass: $319
The 1st tracks pass is for special admittance to board the gondola between 8-8:15am to the Sunshine and Priest Creek area.
Qualifying Steamboat Season Passes will include $250 in Intrawest Snow Bucks for use on lift tickets and Intrawest owned or managed lodging at another Intrawest resort during the 2014/15 season.
When a parent, grandparent or legal guardian purchases an unrestricted adult Steamboat Season Pass, one child (12 & under) will receive a free child season pass

** Prices subject to change after June 2nd

2014-15 Steamboat 6 & 15 Pass

-6 pass: $439 (purchase by 4/14/14) or $489 (purchase by 6/2/14)
-15 pass: $779 (purchase by 6/2)
-6 pass add-on days: $55 (purchase by 6/2)
-15 pass add-on days: $45 (purchase by 6/2)

Copper Mountain

2014-15 Season Pass

Season Pass includes 3 Free days at Killington Ski Resort, VT, Park City Mountain Resort, UT, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, NV, Boreal Mountain Resort, CA, Mt. Bachelor Resort, OR receive 1 Free Copper Mountain lift ticket when you renew your season pass. Free lift ticket is valid October 31st through December 21st, 2014. (Perk not valid on 5 & under passes.)

-Adult (18-64): $389
-Teen (13-17): $299
-Child (6-12): $209
-Senior (65+): $279

Secret! Season Pass

-Adult: $489
-Teen: $399
-Child: $309

Secret! Season Pass Benefits:
The Secret! Season Pass gets you on the mountain 15 minutes before everyone else and there’s a dedicated lift line so you can bypass any linesDedicated lift line access on the following lifts: American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Timberline Express, and the Union Creek Quad

Includes all benefits of regular Copper 2014-15 season pass

**Prices subject to change after April 13th

Powderhorn

2014-15 Season Passes

Full Season Pass

-Adult (Ages 18-64): $410

-Youth (Ages 13-17): $309
-Junior (Ages 7-12): $200
-Child (Ages 6 & under): $79
-Senior (Ages 65-74): $339
-75 Plus: $79
-Corporate: $1,295
-College & Military passes will be available during Fall season pass sales

Midweek Season Pass

-Adult: $325
-Youth: $256
-Junior: $169
-Senior: $269

Family Season Pass-10% off
-Adult: $369
-Youth: $278
-Junior: $180
-Senior: $71

**prices subject to change after April 20th

Bundled Resort Packages

2014-15 Mountain Collective Pass

-Includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations – AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler –Blackcomb – plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates
-A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $359 USD, and will include a third bonus day at any Mountain Collective resort when purchased today
-Kid’s pass reduced to $99 for the 2014-2015 season.
-Spring pass purchasers receive two free days at Valle Nevado, Chile and Thredbo, Australia this summer
-Passholders receive exclusive lodging deals throughout the season

**Prices/availability subject to change while supplies last

Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus

-Adult season pass: $439
-College and teen: $349
-Children 6-12 : $239
-Children 5 and under: $30.
-Includes unlimited skiing at Winter Park and Copper, six unrestricted days at Steamboat, and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte.
-Those who purchase before April 15 will be able to lock in the lowest guaranteed price for $49 down while enjoying scores of additional benefits such as 20 discounted Friends & Family Tickets at Winter Park and Copper.

Active and retired military members and their dependents are eligible to receive additional savings with the Patriot Pass for $339.

**Prices subject to change April 14th

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Bring on Spring at Copper Mountain

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.21, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Kristen Lummis, Copper Mountain

Kristen Lummis, Copper Mountain

By Kristen Lummis, braveskimom.com

My calendar says that spring starts on March 20th. But, I know differently. Spring started on March 9th, at Copper Mountain.

Snow and Sun

As I’m sure you know, it’s been snowing– a lot. In fact, about a foot of fresh snow fell that weekend, from Friday to Saturday, providing amazing mid-winter conditions across Colorado. And then, just as surely as we all had to change our clocks on Sunday morning, we sprang ahead, not just in time, but also in temperature and season. Spring arrived on Sunday, with stunning blue skies, a late rising sun, and, by afternoon, amazing sun-softened conditions. (continue reading…)

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Colorado Ski Country USA Invites Skiers/Riders to Celebrate Spring

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.19, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Winter Park Resort

Winter Park Resort

It’s spring, which means the temperatures are getting a little warmer, the sun is staying out a little longer, and in Colorado the skiing and snowboarding is getting even better. Spring skiing in Colorado means heading to the mountains, making smooth carves on fresh groomed runs, pushing around late season powder, and enjoying the many fun resort events and activities. Below is a roundup of springtime celebrations happening at CSCUSA resorts through April and beyond. (continue reading…)

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort Presents Second Annual PH3 Race

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.11, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

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Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Powderhorn Mountain Resorts (PMR) presents the second annual PH3 on Sunday, March 16, 2014 to benefit the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and the Veterans Administration Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund, in honor of Tim Sewell and in support of his family.

The race begins at the Mesa Community Center with an 8.35 mile biking segment at 8:30 AM. They will transition onto either climbing skins or snowshoes, and continue 2.03 miles to the top of the resort. Then remove their ascending gear and ski or snowboard 1.44 miles to the finish line.  The total vertical gain is 4,138 feet, vertical drop is 1,543 feet covering a total of 11.82 miles. Participants must be at least 16 years of age either as an individual or on teams.

Early registration is available online through Active.com for $40. Day of even registration event is available at PMR for $50.

Volunteers are needed to assist in running the event, minimum age of 16 years old. Please Contact John Messinger at (970) 268-5158 or jmessinger@powderhorn.com for more information. All volunteers will receive a complimentary lift ticket for use any day of the 2013-14 winter season.

Event Schedule (subject to change, as weather permits):
March 16, 2014: The Powderhorn PH3

Online Registration      Active.com

6:45 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.    $50 day of event registration and sign up PMR

8:00 a.m.                        Final bus from PMR to Mesa Community Center
8:30 a.m.                        Race Starts
3 p.m.                             PH3 Awards on the Sunset Deck

Please click here to view the course map

About the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation
Founded in 2006, the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation (WCSPF) is committed to reducing the rate of suicide in the region by encouraging and coordinating collaborative efforts to provide diverse prevention and awareness messaging, education, advocacy and funding.

About the VA Medical Center Suicide Prevention Fund
The Grand Junction VA Medical Center’s Suicide Prevention Program covers 15 Colorado counties, two in Utah and one in Wyoming.  The Suicide Prevention Program provides direct support to “at risk” veterans, providing cell phones to ensure they can access a mental health service 24 hours a day.  Along with providing help the Prevention Program also provides education to those in isolated communities spreading the word on the National Veterans Crisis line and the assistance that is available through the GJVA.  “It is okay to ask for help; You are not alone.” Veterans Crisis Line: 1800-273-8255 Press 1.

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Winter Park Resort’s Annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer Returns March 22

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.10, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3-10 WPWhile most know of the Winter Park Professional Ski Patrol’s dedication to helping people, few realize its reach extends so far beyond the slopes of the mountain.  On Saturday, March 22, Winter Park’s Ski Patrol will partner with the Cavett Kids Foundation for the fourth annual TJV Ski Down for Cancer, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cavett Kids.

Dedicated in honor of Thomas James Veit, a 12-year Winter Park ski patroller who lost his valiant battle with colon cancer in 2011, this year’s TJV Ski Down for Cancer will consist of Winter Park employees and volunteers skiing/riding down lower Hughes at around 5 p.m. to celebrate the lives of those who have been touched by this dreaded disease.  After the Ski Down, a silent auction will be held at Doc’s Roadhouse located at the base of Winter Park.

The event has grown exponentially each year and the hope is to make the fourth installment the best yet.  To make a donation on-line, please visit www.winterparkresort.com/SkiTJV.

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Fresh Powder Marks the Beginning of March in Colorado Ski Country

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.03, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

3.3.14 Wolf Creek Jason Lombard

Jason Lombard, Wolf Creek

The remarkable 2013-14 ski season in Colorado continued this weekend as Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts enjoyed another new round of snowfall. This most recent storm was widespread, blanketing the high country in fresh snow just in time for skiers and snowboarders to enjoy great conditions over the first weekend of March.

Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 17 inches of new snow. Eighteen CSCUSA resorts enjoyed double-digit snow totals over the weekend, and five resorts enjoyed more than two feet of powder. (continue reading…)

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Mid-season Snowstorm Covers Colorado Ski Country in Deep, Dry Powder

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Feb.10, 2014, under Colorado Skiing

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

The second half of Colorado’s skiing and snowboarding season started in style this weekend as all 21 Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts reported significant new snowfall. With an additional 3-6 inches of snow expected Monday, snowriders in Colorado are enjoying the best conditions in North America with the two historically snowiest months still to come.

Since Thursday, CSCUSA resorts have enjoyed an average of 22.5 inches of new snow, with more on the way. By the time this most recent storm dissipates later today, it will have dropped double-digit accumulation totals on 19 CSCUSA resorts, 2+ feet at 10 resorts, and 3+ feet at five resorts, leaving skiers and snowboarders with a pristine playground of powder.

This weekend’s storm traveled from the Pacific Ocean to the central mountains of Colorado and stalled at the continental divide, leaving snow totals that have to be seen to be believed. Monarch Mountain has received a foot or more of snow for four consecutive days, leaving 55 inches of new powder since last Thursday, and Arapahoe Basin has recorded 41 inches of new snow in the same time period. Crested Butte has welcomed 37 inches of new snow, and Loveland Ski Area and Eldora each saw 35 inches of fresh powder.

Several resorts’ snow accumulations approached two feet and could surpass it today. Copper Mountain and Wolf Creek each have measured 23 inches of new snow so far, while Winter Park has seen 21.5 inches. 19 inches of new snow fell at Ski Cooper and Steamboat, and Ski Granby Ranch saw 16 inches of powder.

Further west, Silverton registered 36 inches of new snow while Powderhorn celebrated 26 inches of fresh powder. Aspen Highlands received 17 inches of new snow, Durango Mountain Resort received 13 inches, Howelsen recorded a foot of new snow, and Sunlight Mountain and Snowmass measured 11 inches. Aspen Mountain received 10 inches, Telluride saw 6 inches of new powder, and Buttermilk received 5 inches of new snow.

With many CSCUSA resorts surpassing 200 inches of total snowfall this weekend, and base depths exceeding 100 inches, the conditions at Colorado’s ski resorts will be excellent through the President’s Day holiday weekend when the next significant snowstorm is expected to arrive. Knowing how to ski safely in deep snow is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit http://www.coloradoski.com/page/ski-safety for helpful tips and to learn the Know Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.

Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves: http://www.coloradoski.com/snow-report.

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