Before thoughts turn from swimsuits to parkas, ski resorts are putting their season passes on sale for early birds willing to spend long before the runs open.
Through Oct. 31, Deer Valley in Utah is selling its adult season pass for $2,185, a $370 saving, and Solitude Mountain Resort has reduced its season ticket by $100 to $879. Alta is selling its season pass for $999, a $200 saving, until Sept. 28. Also in Utah, Snow Basin is aiming for first-timers with a Learn and Earn deal that includes three days of lift tickets, three lessons and rental equipment throughout the season for $399 if bought by Oct. 9. After completing the lessons, novice skiers will receive a season pass good for the rest of the year.
Bundling five days each at 32 participating resorts across North America, the Multi Alpine Experience, or M.A.X. Pass, sells for $649 until Oct. 12, when the price will increase $50. The pass includes marquee resorts such as Steamboat in Colorado as well as smaller ones like Killington, Vt., and new additions from Crested Butte in Colorado to Buck Hill in Minnesota. Crested Butte’s own pass is on sale for $669 through Oct. 7 and will rise to $1,119 on Nov. 24.
For skiers and snowboarders poised to make a multi-resort circuit, the Mountain Collective pass includes two days of skiing at each of 14 destinations including Aspen Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley and Telluride. It is on sale for $409 (about a 20 percent discount on the full price) and will rise as the season progresses.
Nearly all resorts from the big players like Vail Resorts to regional draws like Bromley in Vermont regularly sell preseason passes at a discount after an escalating schedule that normally ends when the runs open in November.
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September 8, 2016
Written by Elaine Gusac – Travel: In Transit
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