Winter is right around the corner, and that means snow will be falling (except in Texas) and people will start hitting the slopes. Whether you're a diehard snowboarder, or a novice strapping on some skis for the first time, it's time to get ready for some mountain adventures. Nothing beats the rush of tearing through fresh powder on the weekend. Don't get left out! You need to grab your ski passes now and avoid daily lift fees.
If you're in Colorado, you've got lots of choices when it comes to ski passes. Depending on your location, and your price range, you can choose from really expensive, all-inclusive passes, or more limited but affordable options. When deciding between all your options, consider how many times you plan to visit the mountains, how far you are from the different peaks included in your pass, and obviously, how much you've budgeted to spend on winter sports this season.
Aspen is one of the most well-known mountain resorts in the country, but if you want to ski there all season, it'll cost you. Season ski passes can cost as much as $2,000, but if you're living up in Aspen, you can probably afford it. Daily lift tickets are more affordable, so this may be more of a special weekend trip instead of a season-long event.
The Epic Pass is one of the most cost-efficient and versatile season passes in Colorado. For just over $700 you get unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora. If you get bored visiting the same slopes over and over, the variety of the Epic Pass makes it a great value for this winter.
Finally, the Rocky Mountain Super Pass is the most affordable option at $489, and provides unlimited access to Copper and Winter Park, plus some bonus days at Steamboat and Monarch. If you're happy having some familiar territory to ski or snowboard, then the Rocky Mountain Super Pass is a great choice!
Personally, the hardcore skiers I know love the value of the Epic Pass and the ability to rotate through a wide selection of slopes throughout the winter, but wherever you end up, you'll enjoy some of the best skiing in the country here in Colorado! Make sure you've got the right gear to handle the slopes with Pugs! Our hats, sunglasses, beanies, and gloves will keep you warm and looking great all winter long. See you on the slopes!