DENVER - While ski season is about to end, ski resorts are starting to offer ski passes for next season. Some of those passes can even be used for the rest of this season.
The big question you have to ask yourself, how many times will I ski? At $75-$100+ for a lift ticket per day, you only have to ski a few days to make a pass worth it. HOWEVER, in the fall, many ski resorts will offer 4-packs of tickets and other discounts if you don't plan to ski a lot.
The Epic Pass for Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone offers a variety of options. The $729 adult Epic Pass has unlimited skiing at those five resort (plus Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton, and Arapahoe Basin with no Blackout Dates). The $549 Epic local pass comes with unlimited, unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday restrictions. See the options on the Epic pass website.
The Winter Park/Copper Mountain Rocky Mountain Super Pass+ is $439 if you buy by April 14. The price goes up $70 on April 15. The pass includes six days at Steamboat and three days at Crested Butte. The season pass price for teens (13-17) is $349, children (6-12) are $239, seniors 70+ are $349.
Keystone/Arapahoe Basin Epic pass is $289 for adults and $209 for kids. That pass offers unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited holiday restrictions.
Arapahoe Basin season passes are on sale for $279 (adults 19+), $199 (15-18) and $139 for kids (6-14). If you buy now, the pass is good until the end of this season. The pass includes three days at Taos Ski Valley (New Mexico) and one unguided day at Silverton during the 2014/15 season.
Loveland's 2014/15 pass is $379 for adults, $269 for young adults (15-22), $169 for kids (6-14) and $89 for seniors. The pass is good for the remainder of this season and includes bonus days at Monarch Mountain, Crested Butte, and Durango Mountain Resort in the 2014/15 season.
Eldora is offering a series of season passes from $269-$399 depending on what restrictions you're willing to deal with. Juniors (13-17) are $249, Kids (6-12) are $209 and seniors (65+) are $249.
If you see a deal, e-mail me Debbie (Debbie@thedenverchannel.com).