Top 5 Ski Passes for 2014-15 Season

As the golden leaves continue to pile up beneath our feet and the temperatures gradually plummet, we have but one thing to look forward to: ski season (and then eventually summer again!). Skiing and snowboarding certainly aren’t a cheap hobby: there’s the costs of transportation, new snazzy gear, equipment tune-ups, and lodging rates. So I have complied a list of the best deals in the country for this year’s ski season to help you get the freshest tracks for the lowest price. Plus, as reported by the UK’s DailyMail.com, ski google tan lines are “in” this season. Girls are actually going to tanning beds and getting spray tans with their googles on. How bizarre.

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Interested? Or you can go out and earn your tan lines ladies! Check out these options:

1. Vail Resport’s Epic Pass

Adult $729/Child $379

Ideal for Colorado or Tahoe locals, Midwest locals with plans to also venture out west for ski vacations, and major destination powder hounds and jet-setters.

Includes unlimited access to:

Colorado: Vail, Bever Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Eldora

Utah: Canyons

Tahoe: Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood

Minnesota: Afton Alps

Michigan: Mt. Brighton

ALSO: 5 free days at Verbier, Switzerland, Arlberg, Austria, and Les 3 Vallees, France

PLUS: 6 Ski-With-A-Friend tickets

2. Epic Local Pass

Adults $569/Teen $429/Child $289

Ideal for Front Range Colorado locals with plans to utilize restricted Tahoe days or Colorado vacations thrill seekers who enjoy the mountains of Summit and Vail county.

Includes unlimited access to:

Colorado: Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin

Minnesota: Afton Alps

Michigan: Mt. Brighton

Restricted days at:

Colorado: Vail, Beaver Creek

Utah: Canyons

Tahoe: Heavenly, North Star, Kirkwood

PLUS: 6 Ski-With-A-Friend tickets

3. Rocky Mountain Super Pass

Adult $509/Teen $379/Child $269

Ideal for Front Range Colorado locals seeing access to various mountains or Colorado vacation thrill seekers looking for a variety of terrain throughout the state.

Includes unlimited access to:

Winter Park

Mary Jane

Cooper Mountain

ALSO: 6 unrestricted days at Steamboat and 3 unrestricted days at Monarch

PLUS: 10 Copper Friends& Family tickets, 10 Winter Park Friends & Family tickets, 20% off at Woodward at Cooper Lessons

4. Mountain Collective

Adults $379/Child $239

Not exactly a season pass, but a bundle of 12 tickets at some of the most exceptional ski resorts of our country.

Includes 2 days at:

Utah: Alta & Snowbird

Colorado: Aspen Snowmass

Wyoming: Jackson Hole

California: Mammoth, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows

British Columbia, Canada: Whistler Blackcomb

PLUS: 50% off all additional days with no blackout days

ALSO: 20% off all lodging

5. The New Summit Pass

Adults $1349/Young Adult $749

Ideal for East Cost snow bunnies planning to take excursions to Canada or Colorado during the season.

Includes: all access to Stratton Mountain in Vermont

PLUS: 5 days at each of the Intrawest Resorts, including Steamboat and Winter Park (Colorado), and Tremblant (Quebec)

ALSO: This pass offers a discounted rathe for “2nd Adults Living in Same Household,” which is good for spouses and children aged 29 or younger.

Additional passes worth looking into:

Utah: The Ski Utah Gold Pass is fully transferable between friends and family and is good at all 14 of Utah’s Ski Resorts for $3,999. Or the Ski Utah Yeti Pass is available for $599 ($42/day) and gives you one day at each of Utah’s 14 ski resorts (Alta Ski Area, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head Resort, Brighton Resort, Canyons Resort, Deer Valley Resort, Eagle Point, Park City Mountain Resort, Powder Mountain Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Sundance and Wolf Mountain).

Vermont: The Judge Pass is $799 for adults and includes both Jay Peak and Burke mountains.

 

 

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