Those mountain landscapes of glowing aspen will soon be covered in snow. And with the approach of that fun, white fluffy stuff, it’s time to buy your ski pass before Opening Day — and before prices creep up to their highest. The Epic vs. Ikon battle of the behemoths still rages, but many single resort passes offer shared days at partner resorts. And new developments this season include Arapahoe Basin cutting ties with Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass, and Copper Mountain hosting the Dew Tour next spring. Here’s your Colorado Springs-centric guide to finding the best ski pass deal now.
Prices go up on Oct. 13 for the Vail Resorts super-pass. Here are the variations. Details at epicpass.com
Adult (ages 13 and up): $969
Child (ages 5-12): $509
Epic Local Pass
Unlimited Colorado access to Breck, Keystone and Crested Butte. Holiday restrictions at Vail and Beaver Creek. Includes six Ski With a Friend tickets, discounted off the daily ticket window rate.
Adult (ages 19 and up): $719
Teen (ages 13-18): $579
Child (ages 5-12): $379
Epic Day Pass
The new addition to Epic. Choose one to seven days to lock in discounted pricing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte. Telluride included in 4-Day to 7-Day Passes. You can pay more for holiday access. Passes start at $109 per day.
Adult (ages 13 and up): $109-$753
Child (ages 5-12): $57-$392
Summit Value Pass
Unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone Resort and holiday restrictions at Breckenridge.
Adults (ages 19 and up): $589
Teen (ages 13-18): $479
Child (ages 5-12): $339
Keystone Plus Pass
Keystone access with holiday restrictions. Unlimited access to Breck after April 1. Five holiday-restricted days at Crested Butte.
Adult (ages 13 and up): $389
Child (ages 5-12): $279
Keystone Crested Butte 4-Pack
Four days total at Keystone and Crested Butte with holiday restrictions: $249.
Military Epic Pass
Prices vary based on military status but unless noted includes access to all Vail Resorts. For active duty and dependents: $159. For retired military and dependents: $159. Veteran and dependents: $559. The Liberty Pass gives unlimited access for active, retired and veteran military dependents at Keystone Resort for $289.
Here’s your other megapass option, and it includes 41 global destinations, 5 continents, 12 states, 4 Canadian provinces, 4,857 total acres, 719 lifts. In Colorado, you get various degrees of access to Aspen Snowmass, Copper, Eldora, Steamboat and Winter Park. And new this year is access to Arapahoe Basin. Prices will go up Oct. 17, adding $50 to adult, $80 to young adult and $60 to child rates. Details at ikonpass.com
You get 14 unlimited skiing destinations, including Copper, Eldora, Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, and up to 7 days at 26 destinations, including Aspen Snowmass and Arapahoe Basin. Other benefits include 10 friends and family tickets with 25 percent discount off of window rate.
Adult (ages 23 and up): $1,049
Young adult (ages 13-22): $779
Child (ages 5-12): $399
Children 0-4 years: $49
Ikon Base Pass
12 unlimited skiing destinations, including Winter Park, Copper and Eldora mountains in Colorado, holiday blackout dates at global destinations, up to 5 days at 28 destinations like Aspen Snowmass and Steamboat; and 8 friends and family tickets with 25 percent discount off of window rate. New this year is five days at Arapahoe Basin.
Adult (ages 23 and up): $749
Young adult (13-22 years): $559
Child (ages 5-12): $359
Children ages 0-4: $49
The Legend is off the Epic Pass and offering a whole slate of options of its own. Details at arapahoebasin.com
Full Season Pass: Includes unlimited access with no blackout dates to A-Basin, plus three days at both Monarch and Taos. Also included are four Super Friend tickets, lift tickets at $65 a day for your buddies.
Adults (19-69 years): $499
Youth (15-18 years): $339
Child (6-14 years): $99-$209
Midweek Season Pass: Monday through Friday access with no blackout dates and discounted weekend tickets.
Adult (19-69 years): $399
Youth (15-18 years): $279
Child (6-14 years): $99-$179
Double Down 2-Season Pass: Unlimited access during both the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons, without blackout dates. Also included are eight Super Friend discount tickets plus three days each at Taos and Monarch during the ’19-’20 season.
Adults (19-69 years): $798
Youth (15-18 years): $558
Child (6-14 years): $358
Elevation Any Day Pass: This is the best option if you don’t plan your exact days to ride or ski. No blackout dates, and ski days do not have to be consecutive.
2 Day: $169
3 Day: $199
4 Day: $229
5 Day: $269
Military Pass: Unlimited access for active military, veterans and dependents with no blackout dates, plus three days each at Taos and Monarch Mountain.
Adults (ages 15 and up): $249
Child (6-14 years) $179
Senior Pass: Unlimited access with no blackout dates and three days each at Taos and Monarch.
$249 (ages 70 and up)
College 5 Any Day Pack: Five days with no blackout dates for current, full-time students. Must purchase by Dec. 20, 2019.
Kids Free 2 Ski Pass: Children ages 6-12 get two days of free skiing. Children 5 years and younger ski and ride free.
No restrictions or limitations at Cooper. Plus, season pass holders get three days each at partner resorts, including Monarch, Loveland, Powderhorn, Sunlight, Purgatory, Granby Ranch, Hesperus and other out-of-state resorts. Details at skicooper.com
Adult (ages 15-59): $459
Child (ages 6-14): $189
Child (5 and under): $10
Family (2 adults, 2 children): $1,099
Senior (ages 60-69): $349
Super Senior (ages 80 and up): Free
Military Adult: $219
Military Child: $119
Unlimited, unrestricted skiing and riding all season, plus three days at Monarch, Purgatory, Taos, New Mexico, and Powder Mountain, Utah. Prices go up Oct. 16.
Season Pass: Copper offers upgraded Premier Passes that include no-line lifts, early access and parking, but here are the basic offerings. Details at coppercolorado.com.
Adult (ages 18 and up): $569
Teen (ages 13-17): $419
Child (ages 5-12): $279
Child four and under: free
Military Season Pass: Active and retired military members are eligible, along with their dependents. Veterans are also eligible for this pass, but veteran dependents are not.
Adults (18 and up): $409
Teen (ages 13-17): $309
Child (ages 5-12): $199
Four Pack: The original pass owner can ski and ride any four days at Copper with no blackout dates: $269.
Loveland Ski Area
Season Pass: Unlimited access to Loveland, along with three days each at Powder Alliance resorts, including Monarch, Purgatory, Cooper, Powderhorn Mountain, Sunlight, Granby Ranch, Hesperus and more. Details at skiloveland.com.
Adult (ages 23-69): $439
Young adult (ages 15-22): $309
Child (ages 6-14): $189
Seniors (ages 70 and up): $99
Midweek Pass: Monday through Friday access all season, plus three days at Monarch: $329.
Season Pass: Includes unlimited skiing all season at Monarch and three days each at Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, Loveland, Cooper, Powderhorn Mountain, Angel Fire, New Mexico, and many more destinations. (Does not apply to super senior, child or Monarch Only passes.) One discounted buddy ticket per day at $57. Prices increase Nov. 1. Details at skimonarch.com
Adults (ages 18-61): $499
Senior (ages 62-68): $359
Teen (ages 13-17): $329
Junior (ages 7-12): $219
Child (ages 6 and under): $20
Super Senior (ages 69 and up): $20
Military Pass: Full season pass access, including days at partner resorts, for active duty, reserve, retired and dependents with current, valid ID. $199,
4-Pack: Get four fully-transferable lift tickets for $179 from the Monarch reps at these local events:
The Ski Shop Fall Sale, Oct. 3-6
Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Oct. 12
Gearonimo Sports, Oct. 19
The Ski Shop Swap, Oct. 19
The Seven Territories of Winter Park Resort are on the Ikon Pass, but you can focus your skiing and riding with an unrestricted single resort pass that includes eight friends and family discounted tickets. Prices go up Oct. 17. Details at winterparkresort.com.
Adults (ages 23 and up): $499
Young adult (ages 13-22): $429
Child (ages 5-12): $279
Children ages 4 and under: $29
Military and College Season Pass: $429 adult
Best Kid Ski Pass Deals
5th & 6th Grade Passports
Fifth-graders get three days at 22 Colorado Ski Country resorts, such as A-Basin, Aspen, Copper, Loveland, Monarch and Winter Park—for free! Sixth-graders get four days at each for $110.
Epic School Kids Colorado Pack
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade get four free days at each of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte. And first-timers get a free lesson. But you do have to register with a Vail Resorts representative during an in-store sale.
A-Basin Kids Free 2 Ski Pass
Two free days for 6-12 year-olds, with no blackout dates, but you must register.