Colorado Ski Pass Deals and Pandemic Guarantees

Planning—and hoping—to hit the slopes next year? Season pass deals are running longer, but some deadlines are looming. Here’s the rundown on season pass prices and potential refunds in light of pandemic uncertainties.

What will the ski season look like this year? Will there even be a ski season? As with everything during the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty rules. What we do know right now is that Colorado resorts are planning to open under current state and local public health orders—and they have extended season pass discounts and deadlines into late summer in an effort to bring back skiers and riders when the snow flies. Resorts are also offering season pass refunds or credits in case of pandemic-related closures and shut-downs. There are more considerations to balance this year—safety being paramount. But if there’s nothing keeping you away from the powder, here are some of the best Colorado ski pass deals.

Full Access “Super-Passes”

While traveling may be limited this season, full-access super-passes that give you access to dozens of resorts and discounts still provide the most versatility for local and regional road trips when the powder comes calling.

Epic Pass

Epic Pass holders get access to Vail Resorts around the globe, if you can reach them all. In Colorado, the full Epic Pass allows unlimited access at Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Crested Butte, Keystone and Vail, plus seven days at Telluride. Regional options include Utah’s Park City and Snowbasin and Sun Valley, Idaho.

Epic Coverage is included with every pass. The insurance guarantees a full or prorated refund for COVID-19 related closures, as well as job loss, visa rejection, stay-at-home-orders and more. You can select a potential refund based on all resorts or a single destination. Just read the FAQs and fine print about how and when refund amounts are determined.

The full Epic Pass starts at $979 for adults (13 and older) and $499 for children 5-12. There are a variety of other options too.

The Epic Local Pass—$729 for adults 19 and older, $589 teens, $379 kids 5-12, $659 college students—remains unlimited at most Colorado resorts but caps Vail and Beaver Creek at 10 days with holiday blackouts.

The Summit Value Pass grants unlimited access to Keystone and holiday restrictions at Breckenridge, starting at $589 for adults 19 and older, $479 teens and $329 for kids 5-12.

The Keystone Plus Pass provides access to Keystone with holiday restrictions, along with five holiday-restricted days at Crested Butte and access to Breck after April 1. Prices start at $389 for adults 13 and up and $269 for children.

Pass holders from the 2019-20 season are eligible for a minimum credit of 20% off toward a 2020-21 pass, redeemable through Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020.

Deadline Alert: The lowest pass deposit of $49 is available through Labor Day.

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Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass lets you enjoy classic mountains around the Rocky Mountain West and world. The full Ikon Pass includes 43 resorts with no blackout dates—unlimited access to 15 resorts and up to seven days at 27 destinations access. The full Ikon Pass gives you access to Colorado spots Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Snowmass, Copper Mountain, Eldora Mountain Resort, Steamboat and Winter Park. Regional road trip options include New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley, Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Montana’s Big Sky Resort. If COVID-19 travel restrictions lift, there are multiple global destinations.

With every pass, Ikon is offering Adventure Assurance. If for any reason you do not use your pass for the 2020-21 season, you may defer your pass to the 2021-22 season. If included resorts close for any part of the season, Ikon is offering refunds based on the length and total number of resort closures. The system has options, so you can play the odds according to your preference. You can choose to spread your closure credit across all the resorts to receive an aggregate discount applied to a 2021-22 pass. Or you can select a single resort and receive a 2021-22 pass credit based on the percentage of the season that particular location is closed.

New passes start at $1,049 for adults 23 and up and $819 for young adults 13-22. Discounts are available for college and military, and current Ikon passholders receive a $100 renewal discount.

For a cheaper option, the Ikon Base Pass provides access to most Ikon resorts but with more restrictions and blackout dates. It includes unlimited access to Copper, Eldora and Winter Park, plus five days at A-Basin and Steamboat. Prices start at $749 for adults and $599 for young adults.

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Mountain Collective

The Mountain Collective pass accommodates shredders who taste resorts like tapas. This cheaper super-pass works if you’re down to drive and try new places—bonus if you have kids in tow. It offers two days each at 23 destinations, then half-price tickets for any additional days. Colorado resorts are A-Basin and Aspen Snowmass. Regional options include Taos, Big Sky, Jackson Hole Snowbird and and Utah’s skiers-only Alta Ski Area. There are no blackout dates.

The Mountain Collective Pass costs $469 for adults and $99 for kids 12 and under.

Deadline Alert: There is a limited number of Mountain Collective passes, so buy early. A no-questions-asked refund is available for the 2020-21 season until Oct. 16, 2020.

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Individual Resort Passes

Ski resorts are planning to open amid pandemic uncertainties. While staying safe and healthy is paramount, if you can make it to the slopes, here are the top Colorado ski pass deals.
Photo Courtesy of Arapahoe Basin.

Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin was Colorado’s only resort to open since the coronavirus pandemic forced statewide resort closures on March 14. “The Legend’s” famously long season allowed the lifts to reopen from May 27 to June 7 for some spring turns and preview of what social distance skiing might look like next season. You can access A-Basin with an Ikon Pass, Mountain Collective Pass or through partnerships with other resort passes, but an A-Basin pass is the only way to get unlimited access with no blackout dates. There are multiple options, and if the resort does not open for the 2020-21 season, your pass extends to 2021-22.

The Full Season Pass provides unlimited access to A-Basin, unlimited discount friend tickets, three days each at Taos and Monarch and one day at Silverton for $469 for adults (19-69), $329 youth (15-18) and $209 kids (6-14) or $119 as an add-on to an adult pass purchase. Those 70 and older can get a Senior Pass for $199.

Skip the weekends (and partner resort access) and get a Midweek Season Pass for $369 adults, $269 youth or $159 ($119 as add-on) children.

A College 5-Pack is available for fall semester students for $179.

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Copper Mountain

This one’s straightforward. A Copper Season Pass provides unlimited skiing and riding at Copper. This season’s automatic pass refund policy offers pass holders a full refund of their unused pass until Dec. 10, 2020. And the Pass Holder Promise Credit Program grants a future use voucher if the resort completely closes for 21 days or more or for seven or more consecutive days between Dec. 11 and April 4. For a limited time, Copper’s Four Pack includes a bonus fifth day.

Same as last season, Copper’s Season Pass runs $599 for adults (18 and older), $439 college students and teens (13-17), $299 child (5-12). A Four Pack is $324.

Deadline Alert: For a limited time, purchase an adult season pass and receive a free kids pass (15 and younger).

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Loveland Ski Area

A Loveland Season Pass gets you unlimited skiing and riding at Loveland, plus three days each at Powder Alliance partners. Colorado partners include Cooper, Monarch, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Purgatory and Sunlight. Regional partners include New Mexico’s Angel Fire Resort, Wyoming’s Snow King Mountain and Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. If you purchased a 2019-20 Loveland season pass between Feb. 15 and March 14, your pass is extended to the 2020-21 season.

Loveland is holding pass prices even with last year’s prices: $439 for adults (23-69), $309 for young adults (15-22), $189 children (6-14) and $99 for seniors 70 and older. A Midweek Pass, good Mondays through Fridays, is $329.

Deadline Alert: Pass prices will remain valid through Dec. 1, 2020.

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Monarch Mountain

With a purchase of the Monarch Season Pass, you also get three days each at partner resorts, including Colorado’s A-Basin, Copper, Cooper, Loveland Ski Area, Hesperus, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Purgatory and Sunlight Mountain Resort.

As for pandemic protection, Monarch guarantees to be open for at least 90 days of the 2020-21 season. If unable to do so, the resort will refund pass holders the percentage of those 90 days open, regardless of the number of days you used your pass.

Prices for a full Monarch Season Pass are $469 for adults, $309 teens (13-17), and $209. juniors (7-12). College students can lock in a pass for $289 and seniors (62-28) for $339. Another option is the Monarch Only Pass with no partner benefits: $349 adults, $199 teens, $129 juniors and $229 seniors.

Deadline Alert: Monarch’s current prices are good through 9/10/20.

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Ski Cooper

The Leadville area independent resort rolled back season pass prices to 20% less than last season for a limited time. Cooper’s Season Pass provides unlimited access, plus three days each at partner resorts across the country. Colorado partners are Monarch, Loveland, Sunlight, Powderhorn and Hesperus. Regional partners include New Mexico’s Angel Fire, Utah’s Powder Mountain, Wyoming’s Snow King and Montana’s Great Divide. Additional partners are likely to be added in the fall. If the pandemic forces the resort to close, part or all of your pass value will be extended to the 2021-22 season.

Cooper’s Season Pass is $349 for adults (15-74), $149 for kids (6-14). Season pass renewals are $50 less.

Deadline Alert: Cooper prices will increase in October to $449 adults, $199 kids.

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Best Family Deals

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Colorado Ski Country USA 5th and 6th Grade Passports

Colorado fifth-graders ski for free! The Passport includes three free days each at 21 participating Ski Country Colorado member resorts, the state’s non-Vail properties. Registered fifth-graders who have never skied or snowboarded before can get a free lesson (rentals included) by signing up for the First Class Program. The 6th Grade Passport program provides four days at each resort for $110. Participating resorts include Monarch, Cooper, Copper, A-Basin, Loveland, Winter Park, Aspen Snowmass and more. Registration is open until Jan. 31, 2021.

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Epic SchoolKids Colorado Pack

Kindergarten to fifth grade students can register and receive four free days each at Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone and Crested Butte. The program also includes one free ski or snowboard lesson and rental equipment for a child’s first day ever on the mountain. Registration happens at Epic Mountain Gear stores, which are currently closed, but you can sign up to receive email updates.

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Arapahoe Basin

Kids 5 and under ski free at A-Basin. Visit the resort’s season pass office to pick up a pass.

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Kids 4-14 get a free season pass when they complete three lessons with Loveland’s Child 3-Class Pass. Kids 4-5 are eligible for ski lessons only; those 6-14 can opt for snowboarding lessons. Pass prices are TBD. They go on sale Labor Day.

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Kids 6 and under ski free at Monarch. If you want to skip the ticket window each visit, you can get a child’s Season Pass for $20.

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Military Season Pass Deals

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Arapahoe Basin

A-Basin Military Pass is available for active military, veterans and dependents for $199 adults (15-69) and $129 children (6-14).

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Epic Pass Military

Vail’s Epic Pass includes multiple options for active military, veterans and dependents. The Military Active Pass allows full access at 37 resorts from Vail to Perisher, Australia for $169 for both active service members and dependents of all ages. Pricing is the same for retired military and dependents. Veterans and their adult dependents can get a pass for $559 or $299 for dependent children (5-17). The Liberty Pass provides unlimited access at Keystone for active, retired and veteran military for $299 adult and adult dependent, $209 for dependent children (5-17).

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Monarch and Loveland

Both resorts typically offer discounted military passes, but details for 2020-21 have not been released yet.

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