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Colorado ski passes on sale now!

Playing in the snow at Copper Mountain!
Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Little green buds appear on trees and plants, flowers start to bloom, grass turns green again, lakes and ponds melt. . . and ski passes go on sale! These are the signs that spring is upon us.

Both Copper Mountain and Vail Resorts have announced "lock in" rates for the winter 2014/2015 season passes. Purchasing a season pass now is a great way to guarantee the lowest price and best benefits offered by the resorts.

Austyn Williams, Communication Manager for Copper Mountain Resort notes that "guests can lock in the guaranteed lowest rate on next year's Copper Mountain Pass Product, by only putting $49 down before April 13, 2014. That's like paying for one tank of gas now and getting the best lowest rate a full season of snow days next winter."

New this season, the Copper Secret! Season Pass offers unlimited skiing and riding, with a bonus that can help those pressed for time: unrestricted access to a special express lift line at all chairlifts throughout the resort and early access to the mountain before the general public. Options for Copper passes include:

Secret! Pass - $489
Four Pack - $149
Copper Pass - $389

None of Copper's season pass products have blackout dates. Copper pass holders receive other benefits all season long including 10 Copper Mountain Friends and Family discounted tickets, 50 percent off Tubing Hill walk-up sessions and free 2014 summer scenic lift rides. Guests who renew a Copper Four Pack will receive five days for the price of four. In addition, guests renewing any pass product receive one free lift ticket that can be used between October 31, 2014, Copper’s opening day, and December 21, 2014.

Vail Resorts has also announced that 2014/15 season passes are now on sale, with only a $49 commitment, the remainder to be charged in the fall. "The Epic Pass continues to be an industry-changing ski pass and the best pass deal for skiers and snowboarders across the snow sports industry," said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts. "There's a reason we sell the Epic Pass in 80 countries and all 50 states. This is the one pass that lets you chase the powder at the world's finest resorts, including Japan. This is the pass for true skiers and riders." Passes purchased before April 13, 2014 will be at guaranteed lowest rates. Epicpass.com currently lists the passes and prices for the 2014/15 winter season as the same as the 2013/14 season passes:

Epic Pass - $729 Adult, $379 Child
Epic 7 Day - $549 Adult, $279 Child
Epic 4 Day - $369 Adult, $209 Child
Epic Local Pass - $549 Adult, $429 Teen, $279 Child
Summit Value Pass - $469 Adult, $369 Teen, $249 Child
Keystone A-Basin Pass - $289 Adult, $209 Child

These passes also come with additional benefits, including six "Buddy Tickets" loaded onto the pass to allow friends to receive discounted tickets at fixed prices; Six Ski-With-A- Friend (SWAF) varying discount tickets; summer 2014 scenic chairlift rides; and unlimited April 2015 Skiing at Vail and Beaver Creek.