Maximizing Multiday Ski Passes

    How many days will you really spend on the slopes? You’ve got options even if your powder days are limited.

    Photo by Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

    So you’re more casual in your snow approach? Planning to confine your skiing to the one week the friends or family will be in town? Maybe you just have commitment issues. Whatever, try these cheaper multiday ski pass options. If you’re planning to go big, get the breakdown of full season passes in Ski Pass Showdown in our Fall 2015 print issue.

    Epic 7-Day
    Seven unrestricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps and Mount Brighton.
    Cost: $619 adult (13+); $319 child
    More: snow.com

    Epic 4-Day
    Seven unrestricted days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps and Mount Brighton.
    Cost: $429 adult (13+); $239 child
    More Info: snow.com

    Winter Park Four Pass
    Four days with no blackout dates.
    Cost: $199 renewal, $219 new
    More Info: skicolorado.com

    Copper Four Pack
    Four days with no blackout dates. Renewal only.
    Cost: $179
    More Info: coppercolorado.com

    Steamboat Boat Launch
    Three days with holiday blackout dates.
    Cost: $169
    More Info: skicolorado.com

    A-Basin Elevation 4 Pass
    Four days at the Legend with no blackout dates.
    Cost: $149 adult (15+); $99 child
    More Info: arapahoebasin.com

    Note: All prices are subject to change at any time.

    Photo by Liam Doran, Courtesy Vail Resorts
    Photo by Liam Doran, Courtesy Vail Resorts

    Pro Road Tip: Avoid I-70
    One of the best parts about being a skier in Colorado Springs? You don’t have to deal with the overwhelming, day-killing Denver traffic that clogs I-70 on weekends. Sure, the new 10-mile CDOT Mountain Express toll lane running eastbound from the Empire Junction (U.S. 40) to Idaho Springs might help, but you’ll pay as much as $30 at peak demand. Even if there’s miraculously no traffic on 70, the backroads of Highway 9 and Highway 24 make for a gorgeous and generally painless drive.

    Top 5 Closest to the Springs

    Want first tracks? Here are your best bets by mileage. But see “Pro Road Tip,” and remember that your route can drastically alter your travel time.

    1. Breckenridge: 107 miles, 2:05* via U.S. 24 and CO 9
    2. Eldora: 117 miles, 2:03 via I-25, CO 470 and CO 93
    3. Keystone: 118, 2:20 via U.S. 24 and CO 9
    4. Monarch Mountain: 123 miles, 2:19 via CO 115 and U.S. 50
    5. Loveland: 124 miles, 1:52 via I-70
    5. Copper Mountain: 124 miles, 2:25 via U.S.-24, CO 9 and U.S. 6
    5. Arapahoe Basin: 124 miles, 2:28 via U.S. 24 and CO 9

    *Approximate times shown without traffic.

     

     

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