Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Early Season Colorado Ski Deals

When Winter Park resort opens tomorrow, it will do so with a flakey flourish: one foot of natural snow blankets its slopes, thanks to a Colorado-wide storm.

It's a good omen. Fingers--or skis--crossed that this means a white winter is in store for America's ski resorts.

That being said, many skiers who were burned by less-than-optimal conditions last year are waiting to make their vacation plans. Which means that those who lock in their reservations early--and ski early--will be able to snag some unusually good deals on lift tickets and lodgings. Some examples from Colorado:

Arapahoe Basin: Purchase the "Legend's Four Pass" (a 4 day lift ticket, good all season, with no blackout dates) for just $158 before December 12. Normal cost for four days: $280. Learn more at ArapahoeBasin.com.

Ski Cooper: Purchase before November 22, and get a four day pass (and the days can be non-consecutive) for just $99. No blackout dates or restrictions. Buy later, and you'll pay between $119 (if you can get a second early season deal) and $164 (for high season purchases).  Details: SkiCooper.com.

Steamboat: This discount is only good for skiing that occurs before December 22. But if you can vacation that early, you'll get 3 days of skiing and a 20% discount on lodgings for $119. More at Steamboat.com/BoatLaunch

Crested Butte: Free skiing, no strings attached, for opening day (November 21). Click here for more.

Copper Mountain: In honor of its 40th anniversary, the resort is offering $40 lift tickets for the weekend of December 7-9. Those who need to rent equipment can do so for just $40 per couple. And those who need to drink beer will get their brewskies for just .72 cents at Endos. Info at CopperColorado.com.

Aspen/Snowmass: Save 35% on early season lift and rental packages. Dates available at Liftopia.com.

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