Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA), which represents all of Colorado’s ski areas excepting the Vail Resorts, has once again come through with a handy list of early-season deals at its member resorts, from free hotel nights to free skiing. Check it out, and thanks again to CSCUSA…
Arapahoe Basin: From Dec. 1-20 kids ages 14 and under can ski or ride for free at Arapahoe Basin. No purchase required, no strings attached: parents only need to bring their kids to the ticket window to receive their free lift tickets. Arapahoe Basin is also offering $10 off all class snow sports lessons from Dec. 1-20 to incentivize people to transform their skills on the mountain. For more information, go to www.arapahoebasin.com.
Aspen/Snowmass: Aspen/Snowmass’ Perfect Holiday package allows kids to ski free with the purchase of an adult lift ticket, rent free with purchase of an adult equipment rental and stay free at the resorts. Kids also eat lunch free with a comparable adult purchase at select on-mountain restaurants. Equipment rentals include ski and snowboard packages and individual items. Package must be booked by Nov. 15 and is valid Dec. 20-25.
Copper Mountain: With the One. Two. Free! package, you get a third night of lodging free, a third day of rentals free and a third day of ski lessons free when booking at least three nights of lodging. Also, kids 12 years of age and under ski free with the purchase of an Adult Secret Pass. This package can be booked now for a stay any time during the 2013/14 winter season, Nov. 1 through April 20.
Crested Butte: On Nov. 27, opening day, everyone skis and rides for free, no strings attached. For those who want to stay longer, the Early Season Ski Offer is available: $79 per person, per night to ski and stay at the Grand Lodge Crested Butte, available Nov. 28 through Dec. 17, some restrictions apply. For details, go to www.skicb.com/earlyseason.
Durango Mountain Resort: The Rocky Mountain Getaway at Durango Mountain Resort is $94 per person, per night and includes two days of lift tickets and two nights lodging at Durango Mountain Resort (some restrictions apply). Call 800-525-0892 to book your getaway.
Eldora: Eldora offers the Boulder Ski Escape: a Stay and Ski package starting at $70 per person. Stay at any one of 15 or more lodges and hotels in the city of Boulder and ski Eldora for as little as $70 per person. Go to www.bouldercoloradousa.com/skiescape for more info.
Loveland: Loveland 4-Paks are available through Nov. 24 with no restrictions and no blackout dates. These tickets are valid anytime during the 2013-2014 season. Loveland’s 4-Pak tickets are fully transferable and can be used by anyone on any day of the season. Skiers and riders can use the four tickets on four different days or share them with friends and family all on the same day. Loveland 4-Paks are $129, equating to $33.25 per day, and are only available online at www.skiloveland.com or by calling the ticket office at 303-571-5580 x136.
Powderhorn: Powderhorn Mountain Resort is offering its Learn to Ski or Ride Season Pass Series. Designed for first timers ages 8 and up, kids must be new to either the sport of skiing or snowboarding and ready to commit to three lessons. At the end of these lessons, they will have a great foundation and be able to take their new skills all over the mountain. Best of all, when new skiers and riders complete all three sessions, they will receive a free season pass for the rest of the season.
Steamboat: Steamboat’s Early Rewards package offers up to 20 percent off lodging and lift tickets. Book at least four nights of lodging and a 3-day lift ticket through Steamboat Central Reservation by Nov. 30 for the 20 percent savings. Special holiday savings of up to 10 percent are available from Dec. 21 through Jan. 4. For more information, go to www.steamboat.com/earlyrewards or call 800-922-2722. Early Reward packages also include 20 percent off Steamboat’s Snowsports School.
Sunlight: For first timers learning to ski or snowboard, Sunlight offers the Learn to Shine program. The package includes three days of lessons, equipment rental and lift tickets, as well as a free 5-Day ski pass, once the student has completed the lessons, for $365. The three lessons can be taken anytime, whether they are consecutive or not. Skiers and snowboarders that participate in the Learn to Shine program are matched with top-notch instructors that will have them navigating beginner terrain by the end of their first day.
Winter Park: Buy one night at any Winter Park Resort property between Nov. 13 and Dec. 20 and get a second night for half price. Or, book at least two nights of lodging at regular price and get a free kid’s (ages 6-12) lift ticket with the purchase of an adult lift ticket, valid from Nov. 13 to Dec. 19. The offer is good for both single and multi-day tickets.
Wolf Creek: Wolf Creek Ski Area is offering a Ladies Day Ski and Board Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 7. This is a women's specific lesson and chairlift package that includes a two-hour morning lesson from 10 a.m. to noon, plus an All Mountain Lift Ticket for $69. Ladies of all levels, from beginners to advanced, are invited to attend a fun day on the slopes taught by women for women.