Spring Into Preseason Ski Pass Deals

    As the epic snow season winds down, now is the time to get the lowest prices on next season’s passes. Here’s a rundown.

    Blue bird ski day with Monarch Mountain ski pass
    Blue bird day. Photo courtesy of Monarch Mountain.

    It’s been an epic snow season, which makes it even easier for skiers and snowboarders to keep hitting the slopes as Front Range temps begin to rise. And while the extended season at resorts begins to wind down, now is the time to think about buying your pass for next season—your wallet will thank you for buying a pass early. Here’s a look at what ski areas are offering now at preseason prices for 2019-2020.

    Most Bang for Your Buck

    Monarch Mountain is trying something new this year: The Wings Pass ensures an easy ride through next season, but also for the remaining weeks of this season! If you pick up this pass now, you have unlimited access to ski at Monarch until April 21 and through next year’s entire season. The pass is now on sale at $509 for adults.

    Looking to tap into Vail Resorts variety at a budget price? Epic Pass is offering the Keystone Plus Pass, priced at $369 for adults. Shred-heads get unlimited days—with holiday restrictions—at Keystone, unlimited skiing at Breckenridge after April 1, 2020, plus five days at Crested Butte.

    Epic Pass offers every day at Keystone and most days at Breckenridge, minus the holiday periods, with the Summit Value Pass, $569 for adults. College students get a $100 discount by showing a 12-credit-hour schedule.

    Skiers basking in the sun at Vail Ski Resort.
    Basking in the sun at Vail. Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.

    For Maximum Variety

    So you’re the lucky powderhound who can chase fresh tracks around the globe? The Epic Pass is an obvious choice for those averaging 100-plus days on the hill and a big travel budget. The price is under $1,000 until April 14, at $939, and includes 67 resorts. Ski otherworldly snow in Japan, Europe and Canada on top of your unlimited access at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and other U.S. resorts.

    The Epic Local Pass offers access to resorts closer to home, including all of Vail Resorts Colorado spots, starting at $699. And you still get unlimited days at 30 resorts in the U.S. When you feel like crossing boundaries, use the pass for five days each at two Japanese resorts.

    If you want to get really specific, purchase one-day-at-a-time with the Epic Day Pass, from $106 for one day to $731 for seven days. You can even avoid blackout dates with an extra $110.

    Enjoying powder on Peak 6 in Breckenridge with epic pass
    Enjoying powder on Peak 6 in Breckenridge, CO. Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts.

    For Legendary Wild West Slopes

    Epic or Ikon was a big question for skiers and snowboarders looking for multi-mountain access this season thanks to Alterra Resorts’ answer to Vail Resorts’ collective pass. The Ikon Pass gets you in at 38 unique ski areas, including unlimited at Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper, Eldora and eight other U.S. and two Canadian mountains. Use your seven-day access to other iconic resorts including Aspen, Jackson Hole and Big Sky. Adult prices until April 24 are $949 for ages 23 and up.

    If you’re old-school, you might remember the Rocky Mountain Super Pass. Ikon recently modified it as the Ikon Base Pass, and it still includes access to Eldora, Copper and Winter Park. The Base Pass also gets you in at 38 destinations, but with blackout dates. The preseason price is $649 until pass prices jump $100 on April 24.

    Monarch is offering an 80th Anniversary Monarch Pass for the ’19-20 season. Right now, passes are $380, but the quantity is limited. You can also use their payment plan if you commit before July 31.

    The Standard Monarch Pass offers unlimited skiing at Monarch, three days each at Copper, Loveland, Ski Cooper, Purgatory and other U.S. mountains. Purchase the pass now for $459, or a 4-pack for $179. Monarch is working with partner resorts to add more destinations to their season pass at the time of this writing. Visit here for updates on additional resorts.

    Arapahoe Basin’s long-standing reputation of staying open through the summer will hold strong this year. You can purchase the Double Down Pass to finish the 2018-19 season with unlimited skiing, then slide into next season with full access during the ’19-20 season for $599 until May 1.

    Or skip the weekend mayhem next season with A-Basin’s Midweek Season Pass. Adults pay $299 for the pass until May 1, when prices increase, to ski unlimited Monday through Friday starting in October 2019.


    From Combat Boots to Ski Boots

    Whether you’re a child of a service member, a veteran or an active duty soldier, ski areas want to give back to say thanks for your service.

    Military Epic Pass provides active-duty and retired military and their dependents free range to 18 resorts across the U.S. for $129—yes, that’s the total—during springtime sales. Another special deal offers veterans a season pass for $529. That gets you access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Crested Butte, Park City and more with no blackout dates, plus six buddy passes. Get info here about the verification process and FAQs..

    Monarch is offering a Military Season Pass for the preseason price of $199 for active-duty, reserve, retired military members and their dependents.

    Ikon Pass is offering the season pass to military members at $679 during the preseason. Active-duty, reserve, retired military members and their dependents can purchase the Ikon Base Pass for $489.

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