GET YOUR LIFT TICKETS NOW AND SAVE
By Paul Maraschiello
Right now is the perfect time to purchase your 2000-01 ski season pass or lift ticket package. Ski areas are at the lowest cash-flow period in the year, right now. That can mean HUGE savings to you. If you are a season pass holder or are planning to become one, call your favorite ski area and ask about their pre-season discounts. Even if you do not plan to ski every weekend, give the ski area a call and see if they are offering any kind of discount program on lift tickets. There is a good chance that your favorite hill will give you a great deal on purchases you make now for the coming season.
SKI DEALS FOR THE COLORADO 2000-2001 SKI SEASON.
MT. CRESTED BUTTE, CO (June 23, 2000) - Crested Butte Mountain Resort released more details today for the 2000-2001 Kids Pay Their Age and season pass programs. A revised Kids Pay Their Age Program extends the innovative deal to teens through age 16, offering better than ever savings to visiting families and the local community alike. In addition, next years season passes are not only priced lower, but come with numerous added benefits to card holders.
KIDS PAY THEIR AGE-- UP TO 16 New for the 2000-2001 season, teens up to age 16 get in on the lift ticket deal that was previously for kids 12 years and younger. Now kids age 5 - 16 pay their age per day as the price for their lift tickets. 6 years old? 6 bucks a day. 16 years old? You guessed it. 16 bucks.Also new, kids 4 and younger are free.It's an excellent value for families. We wanted to make the strongest possible statement that we are a family-oriented resort, and this is it, said Gina Kroft, Director of Communications for Crested Butte Mountain Resort. Kids Pay Their Age is good all season long, with no blackout dates. There's no limit on the number of kids who get the discount, no minimum lodging stay and no minimum number of ski days. Theres not a better deal anywhere in snow country," said Kroft.
Starting Monday, July 3, season passes with no restrictions can be purchasedfor $589 (Gold Pass), Bronze Passes (some restrictions) for $439, and Mountain Cards for $189 (5-day pass) or $289 (10-day pass). The earlier you buy, the more you'll save-- prices will go up on August 1. In addition to skiing and snowboarding access, season pass and Mountain Card holders will receive the following additional benefits: Year-round discounts (20% off) on rental repair or tunes at Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard Rental locations Crested Butte Ski and Snowboard School discounts-20% off private lessons and workshops (excluding locals workshop) Kid's World childcare discounts-- 50% off when parents take a workshop Parking discounts ($2.00 off) at resort lots Complimentary glass of wine at the WoodStone Grille with purchase of a dinner entree Complimentary hot cocoa (1 free per visiting day) at resort-owned on-mountain restaurants The Crested Butte Mountain Resort season pass office, located in the Gothic Center, is open daily from 8:30am - 4:30pm. For more information, call 970-349-4269. Season passes may also be purchased on-line starting July 3.
Crested Butte Mountain Resort will open for the ski season on November 22, 2000. The resort's long-running "Free Lift Tickets" promotion ended last spring. In the 2000-2001 season, the resort will offer free lift tickets in early and late season only in conjunction with participating lodging. Closing day is set for April 8, 2001.
In redesigning their pass structure, Crested Butte Mountain Resort took several steps to gather and then analyze community input this past spring. "We surveyed Gunnison County and held focus groups in Crested Butte and Gunnison to find out what types and prices of passes those residents wanted most. We got over 1,000 responses back," said Susan Gellert, Director of Marketing for the resort. "What we have now is a product mix that is a direct result of community input and that better meets all the needs of everyone living in Gunnison County."
ASPEN/SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Aspen Skiing Company has announced several pricing programs for the 2000/2001 season. Back by popular demand, adult lift ticket prices are available as low as $39 per day for next season. This price is based on a six-day ticket and represents a 40 percent savings off of the 1999/2000 single-day window price. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 1. Guests purchasing online also receive 60 percent off a ski or snowboard lesson with the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen. A new Silver Pass has been introduced for seniors age 70 and over. Adults purchasing a six-day ticket will pay $234 ($39/day); $225 for a five-day ($45/day) and $196 for a four-day ($49/day).
Children and teen pricing is also available through this program. Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 1, 2000. Purchaser must provide a user's name and address for each ticket purchased, and an arrival date. Tickets are non-transferable. Four, five, six and seven-day tickets will be valid for 10 days after the first use.
Tickets for eight or more days will be valid for 15 days after the first use. There are no blackout dates. Kids ages 7-12 ski/ride for six days for $180 ($30/day); five days for $165 ($33/day) and four days for $148 ($37/day). Teens, ages 13 -17, can enjoy prices as low as $37 per day for a six-day lift ticket ($222). Five-day teen tickets are $200 ($40/day) and four-day lift tickets are $180 ($45/day). This program will offer the lowest prices of the season. Children 6 and under ski/ride free.
Aspen Skiing Company 2000/2001 Early-Booking Lift-Ticket Prices (purchase by December 1, 2000) Adult (ages 18 - 69) Child (ages 7 - 12) Teen (ages 13 - 17) 7 - day ticket* $273 ($39/day) -- save $112 $210 ($30/day) - save $21 $259 ($37/day) - save $14 6- day ticket* $234 ($39/day) - save $96 $180 ($30/day) - save $18 $222 ($37/day) - save $12 5-day ticket $225 ($45/day) -
save $60 $165 ($33/day) - save $5 $200 ($40/day) - save $5 4-day ticket $196 ($49/day) - save $40 $148 ($37/day) $180 ($45/day)
Children 6 and under ski/ride free. Adults 70 and over are eligible for the Silver Pass, which allows unlimited skiing/riding on the four mountains, all season, for $99. Silver Passes are picture passes, must be purchased in person and are available throughout the season at the main ticket office at each mountain. *Six or more days are available at $39/day. Purchase online and save 60% on lesson Tickets can be purchased online . Guests purchasing a six-day (or longer) lift ticket online will also have the opportunity to save 60 percent on a full-day ski or snowboard lesson with the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen.
Each adult purchasing at least a six-day lift ticket can take advantage of a Small Group Lesson (semi-private) for $39 (regular price, $99). Lessons are available for Levels 2 through 9 and are offered on the four area mountains. Both lift tickets and lessons must be purchased in advance, by Dec. 1.
"We help people have more fun on the mountain and we guarantee every lesson," said Rich Burkley, managing director Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen. "We have more than 1,100 professionals and that allows us to offer the Small Group Lesson which provides the individual attention that skiers and riders need to make the most out of each day."Tickets are also available through lodges, tour operators and travel agents. The 2000/2001 season is scheduled for Nov. 18, 2000 to April 22, 2001. New Silver Pass New this year, skiers/riders aged 70 and over will need to purchase a Silver Pass, which for $99, allows unlimited skiing/riding on Snowmass, Ajax, Buttermilk and Highlands. This picture pass offers additional premier benefits such as early and late season skiing, summer gondola and chairlifts rides, discounts on dining, rentals, mountain photo and more. This pass can only be purchased in person at a main Aspen Skiing Company ticket office. Proof of age is required.
R.S.V.P. with all lift tickets, Aspen Skiing Company's innovative Return Skier Visitor Program (RSVP) allows unused portions of multi-day tickets to be returned (within 14 days) for credit toward future lift-ticket purchases and ski and snowboard school purchases. RSVP accounts are valid in the current season plus the next two full seasons.
For more information on Aspen Skiing Company, please call 800/525-6200 or 970/925-1220. Aspen Skiing Company operates the four mountains in the Aspen*Snowmass resort complex - Snowmass, Ajax, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands - as well as the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen. Aspen*Snowmass is accessible by two of the most convenient airports in the mountains - Aspen Sardy Field (3 miles from Aspen) and Eagle County Airport (70 miles from Aspen). For the second year in a row, Aspen Skiing Company was awarded the Times Mirror Golden Eagle Award for overall environmental excellence. In addition, the company has been recognized for its innovative and comprehensive approach to guest service.
Loveland Ski Area announced that it will offer 2000-2001 discounted season passes at a lower rate than announced previously. Season passes may be used for the remainder of the 1999-2000 season which will last through May 14, 2000. 1999-2000 Loveland Season Pass and Loveland Pass discount card holders are eligible to receive 10% off the following rates: 2000-2001 Season Pass Rates: Adult (ages 23-69): $249 Young Adult (ages 15-22): $200 Children (ages 6-14): $100 2000-2001 Loveland Season Pass Benefits:
Discounts on food, rentals, equipment tunes, ski school, day care and the sport shop. * Purchase lift tickets for friends at the Loveland Pass discount price. * New pass holders may utilize a 2000-2001 pass for the remainder of this season. * Valid seven days a week, no restrictions, no black out dates. * FREE close-in parking.
Beginning April 3, 2000, Loveland lowered ticket window and Loveland Pass discount card rates to the following schedule: Ticket Window lift ticket rates: 4/3/00 - 4/22/00: 4/23/00 - Close: Adult: $27 (a $12 savings) $25 Child(ages 6-14): $11 (a $6 savings) $11 Loveland Pass Discount card rates: 4/3/00 - 4/22/00: 4/23/00 - Close: Adult weekend: $25 $22 Adult midweek: $22 $19 Child (ages 6-14): $11 "Loveland is known for having some of the best Spring skiing in Colorado due to our elevation. We feel that being able to offer this caliber of product at these rates makes for an incredible value for the Front Range skier or rider," states Scott Fortner, Marketing Director for Loveland Ski Area. Loveland's discounted season passes may be purchased starting today on line or phone at 1-800-736-3SKI or at the Loveland Ski Area ticket office (located at Loveland Basin).
Individual passes will only be sold at this discounted price through May 14, 2000. Loveland is located 56 miles west of Denver, or 12 miles east of Silverthorne, CO at Exit 216 on Interstate 70. Call (303) 571-5580 for information or (303) 571-5554 for current snow conditions.
VAIL RESORTS INTRODUCES NEW 'COLORADO PASS'
New Colorado Pass includes 10 days of skiing at Vail or Beaver Creek, plus unlimited skiing at Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin for only $299 Kid's Colorado Pass available for just $109 Colorado Pass will be available for purchase now only until April 30, 2000 Colorado Pass can be purchased individually. Colorado Passes purchased now can be used this Spring at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.
Vail Resorts announced its new Colorado Pass for the 2000-2001 ski season. The Colorado Pass includes 10 days of skiing at Vail or Beaver Creek, plus unlimited skiing at Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin for only $299. It will be available for purchase April 4-April 30, 2000.
The Colorado Pass also will be available in Fall 2000 for $349. A child's (ages 5-12) Colorado Pass will be available April 4-April 30, 2000 for $109, or for $159 in the Fall. "There has never been a better time for Colorado skiers and snowboarders to experience North America's favorite resorts," said Adam Aron, chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "With a single $299 pass, skiers and riders will be able to enjoy over 10,500 acres of Colorado's finest terrain, including Vail's new Blue Sky Basin, which itself will dramatically increase in size this coming ski season with the opening of a new high-speed lift and additional terrain in Pete's Bowl. With access to five resorts, nearly 600 trails and 100 lifts, as well as 4,100 acres of bowl skiing, the $299 Colorado pass is an amazing opportunity, and keeps skiing and snowboarding affordable for Coloradoans."
Existing Buddy Pass holders will be able to renew/convert their pass to the Colorado Pass either on-line or by completing the application forms being mailed out to them next week. They will also be able to convert to the Colorado Pass beginning April 7 at the season pass offices at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, or at the Front Range outlets listed below. New purchasers of the Colorado Pass, who must be present at the time of purchase, can buy them beginning April 7 at the season pass offices at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone, or at the Front Range outlets listed below.
New purchasers will be able to use the Colorado Pass at Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin through the end of the current season, currently April 30, 2000 for Keystone and Breckenridge and sometime in June or July for Arapahoe Basin. As an added bonus through April 30, 2000, purchasers of the Colorado Pass will be able to include an additional 10 days of skiing at Vail or Beaver Creek for the 2000-2001 season (for a total of 20 days at Vail or Beaver Creek) for only $200 more for adults and $100 more for children. 2000-2001 Colorado Pass Adult price before April 30, 2000 is $299; child price is $109. Adult pass in Fall
2000 is $349; child price is $159. Colorado Pass is valid at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin all season long, and for 10 days of skiing at Vail or Beaver Creek. An additional 10 days of skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek can be purchased for $200 for adults, or $100 for children until April 30, 2000.
Passes can be purchased April 7 - April 30, 2000, Fridays, Sundays only at the following locations: Colorado Ski and Golf û Arvada (6530 Wadsworth Blvd) Colorado Ski and Golf, Aurora (2680 S. Havana) Colorado Ski and Golf,Littleton (9086 W. Bowles) Boulder Ski Deals û Boulder (2404 Pearl St.) Grand West Outfitters - Colorado Springs (3250 N. Academy Blvd) Passes can also be purchased at the season pass offices at Vail and Beaver Creek, April 7-23, 2000; or at the season pass offices at Keystone and Breckenridge, April 7-30, 2000. Current 1999-2000 Buddy Pass. respectively, between April 4 and April 30, 2000. The Colorado Pass is unrestricted during the entire 2000-2001 season at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin. The free skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek is valid all season except Dec. 27-31, 2000 (New Year's weekend) and Feb. 17-18, 2001 (Presidents' Weekend). "We believe the $299 Colorado Pass, which includes Vail and Beaver Creek, will offer the most variety and best value anywhere in ski country," concluded Aron.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SUPER PASS WILL RULE! Winter Park and Copper Mountain Offer Dual-Mountain Season Pass Options for 2000/2001 Season DENVER, COLORADO, March 30, 2000. Copper Mountain and Winter Park Resort officials announced a partnership, giving Colorado skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to purchase a season pass good at both resorts for the remainder of the 1999/2000 season and the entire 2000-01 season.
The Rocky Mountain Super Pass is an unrestricted adult "No Limits Super Pass" that will sell for $349, while an unrestricted child pass (ages 6-13) will be $159. Adult skiers and riders visiting Monday through Friday can enjoy even greater savings with a "Weekday Super Pass" for just $249.
Pass holders will have access to 259 trails, six bowls, and over 5300 acres of skiable terrain - more than Summit County's three other resorts combined. Available for a limited time only, the Rocky Mountain Super Pass must be purchased by April 30, 2000 and quantities are limited. Passes can be purchased by phone, fax, mail-in or on-line as well as at each resort's season pass office. Purchases by phone, fax, or on-line must be paid with a credit card. Names must be assigned at time of purchase and all sales are final.
"Winter Park and Copper Mountain are consistently the top picks by Coloradans for having great snow conditions and a huge variety of terrain, but in the past with the four-pack passes many skiers and snowboarders had to choose between these two wonderful resorts," said Gary DeFrange, president and CEO of Winter Park Resort. "By teaming up with Copper Mountain, we're responding to consumer demand for more options and variety in their skiing experience and we're delivering more of what they want at an unbelievable price." "This is the product Front Range skiers and riders have told us they've wanted," added David Barry, chief operating officer of Copper Mountain. "By joining forces with Winter Park, our customers not only have access to two of Colorado's most popular resorts, but a choice as to which one to visit on a daily basis. Rocky Mountain Super Pass purchasers will be buying a tremendous amount of value." During the past two winter seasons, the resorts have partnered to provide lift ticket exchange opportunities for their employees. Copper Mountain employees skied free at Winter Park and vice versa. Developing a similar product for the general public was the obvious next step.
In addition to the Rocky Mountain Super Pass, both resorts will have individual resort season pass products. Rocky Mountain Super Pass purchase options: Winter Park Phone: (800) 977-SNOW Fax: (303) 316-1572 , Mail: P.O. Box 36 Winter Park, CO 80482, Copper Mountain Phone: (800) 458-8386 ext. 2 Fax: (970) 968-6331 Internet: P.O. Box 3688, Copper Mountain, CO 80443
Winter Park Resort continues its commitment to growing the sport of skiing and snowboarding by bringing back its popular Four Pack season passes which allows groups of four to purchase season passes at substantial savings. This year the adult, Everyday Four Pack is just $800 per foursome ($200 per person). A growing number of skiers and riders who can ski during the week can take advantage of the Weekday Four Pack for just $400 ($100 per person). Up to six dependent children ages 6 through 15 can be added to either Four Pack for $100 each. In response to skiers asking for simplicity in purchasing, an individual season pass will also be available for $250 for adults and $150 for children 6-15. The weekday individual option for adults is $200. As an
additional incentive, all new pass holders can ski the remainder of this season as well as next year with the new season passes. These passes will be on sale through April 30, 2000 and quantities are limited. Passes can be purchased via the internet phone (800) 977-SNOW, fax (303) 316-1572, or at the Winter Park Season Pass office in Balcony House at the base of Winter Park Resort. Four Pack passes must be purchased at one time with a single form of payment. Passes will be sold only as four packs of the same type of passùall Everday or all Weekday Once purchased, the passes are non-refundable and non-transferable. Children must be 15 years of age or younger as of Nov. 17, 2000 to qualify for the children's pass. Purchasers need to have the names, mailing addresses, and birth dates of all pass holders to buy the pass. "We have really tried to address the different needs of our various customers in developing our season pass program this year," said Paula Sheridan, vice president of marketing for the resort. "Our Four Pack rewards our skiers for bringing us new participants while our individual pass options are a great value and very simple to purchase. Our goal with the weekday passes is to encourage people to ski Monday through Friday when the resort has better capacity. And, we know that getting kids into the sport will determine our future so our children's passes are priced to ensure that," she added.
Extra Benefits *Good through the end of this season *Pass-holders receive special offers at Winter Park Resort retailers and restaurants *Pass-holders may purchase up to three additional daily lift tickets at a special rate *On mountain charging capabilities Four-Pack Passes Everyday pass Weekday pass Valid everyday Valid Monday-Friday Passholder Benefits 11/15/00-4/22/01 11/15/00-4/20/01 Adult (16-69) $800 $400 - Receive special offers at Winter Park Resort retailers and restaurants Dependant child add-on $100; $100 (Age 6-15) Valid every day - Purchase up to 3 additional daily lift tickets Individual Passes Everyday pass Weekday pass for friends at a special rate Valid everyday Valid Monday-Friday 11/15/00-4/22/01 11/15/00-4/20/01 - Enjoy on-mountain charging capabilities Adult (16-19) $250 $200 Child (6-15) $150; $150 - All passes are good through the end of the 2000 season and 2000-2001 season.
Copper Mountain Resort - released details outlining the resort's 2000/2001 season pass programs. In addition to the Rocky Mountain Super Pass program which gives skiers and riders the ability to visit Copper Mountain and Winter Park Resort via one pass all season long, the resort is also offering a "Copper only" pass option for Copper loyalists. Once again, no "friends" restrictions will inconvenience buyers when purchasing their pass this season, and for a limited time, a Copper Mountain season pass can be purchased at an incredibly low price.
Individual adult season passes with no restrictions can be purchased through April 30, 2000 for $249, teen passes (ages 14-18) for $199 each and children's passes (ages 6-13) for $99. Also returning is Copper's Hooky Pass will give skiers and riders the ability to enjoy Summit County, Colorado's largest mountain Monday - Friday all season long for just $199.
In addition to skiing and riding access, the following Copper Club benefits are available to all Copper Mountain season pass holders: The ability to purchase additional lift tickets for friends and family at the Copper Club daily rate; Food discounts at Copper-owned restaurants and cafeterias; Copper Mountain Ski and Snowboard School discounts; Access to the exclusive Copper Club website, which provides last minute lodging deals and insider information for member.
"While the Rocky Mountain Super Pass is sure to be a big hit among Front Range skiers and riders, there are still many Copper loyalists who will wish to only visit their favorite resort," said David Barry, chief operating officer for Copper Mountain. "These past few seasons we have done a tremendous amount to cater to the Front Range market and this year's pass program will ensure that our most loyal guests continue to have their own backstage pass, allowing them to experience all of these exciting changes."
Copper Mountain visitors have experienced a number of improvements both on and off the mountain over the past two years. The completion of the resort's East Village and the new Copper Station day lodge this past season complemented on-mountain improvements including increased snowmaking capacity and new chairlifts including the Super Bee - Copper's six-person high-speed lift.
Copper's West Village also underwent a transformation this past season. The renovation of the Union Creek base lodge as well as the construction of the Schoolhouse at Union Creek has given families and beginners of all ages a one stop shopping option to fit all of their needs. This coming winter season The New Village at Copper will continue to raise the bar, with its new shops, restaurants, social spaces and open plazas within a pedestrian plaza coming on-line. "Never before has a Copper Mountain season pass had so much value attached to it," added Barry.
"All of these resort-wide improvements are not only providing better services for our guests, but are also dispersing them quickly across Summit County's largest ski mountain, thereby reducing crowding. Our three distinctly different base villages separate skiers and riders by level of ability because of the terrain they service and faster, more efficient lifts are getting them to their on-mountain destinations more quickly." Copper Mountain Season Pass and Rocky Mountain Super Pass purchase options: Walk-up purchases: Copper Mountain Season Pass office located in Village Square. Open 8am-4pm Monday-Saturday.
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