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Inexpensive Colorado Lift tickets?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 

Hi, what are some options for low priced lift tickets in Eagle or Summit County?

 

Please include any PSIA discounted deals as well.

post #2 of 25

A - basin is the only one that is reasonable with a PSIA card/letter.

 

The majority are 80 plus to no colorado ski instructor even with a PSIA card. Wolf creek is nice and cheap as well like 30 bucks.

post #3 of 25

LS and I didnt do too bad at Vail , think it was 73 a day (wa are CSIA)

post #4 of 25

For non-ski instructor deals, check liftopia.  Copper, A-basin, Loveland, and Winter Park have decent deals there with prices depending on the dates.

 

Find a pass holder to Copper or Winter Park (not in Summit/Eagle but not too far) and use one of their 10 ski friends and family tickets for $59.   If I happen to be up then I'd gladly give you one of mine, and I bet others would too:

http://skicolorado.com/Pass-Benefits.aspx

 

The Epic pass holders also have ski with a friend tickets but they are more like $100/day.  I believe pricing varies per day.

 

Copper hasn't announced it again this year (yet), but the last few years they have done a "Swinger's Pass" for $39 if you hold a season pass to any other ski area:

http://www.coppercolorado.com/winter/landingpages/swinger

 

What dates are you planning?   Deals vary by date with March (and xmas of course) being most expensive.   April is super cheap everywhere, and with the late easter most (all?) the resorts are staying open an extra week to april 20.

post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 

Good stuff folks, thanks.  Vail was $75 with a PSIA card last year.

 

Josh, what is Winter Park like?

post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 

tball, we're skiing 2/22-27.  Already have tix for A basin, bought the 4-pack online a month or so ago.

 

Thanks for your offer.

post #7 of 25
Thread Starter 

Liftopia has great deals on Ski Cooper, anyone skied there?

post #8 of 25

Spend the extra $10 for Loveland over Cooper, it's 10 times the ski area for an advanced skier IMO.  I skied Cooper a couple times on super cheap tickets learning to tele long ago, but won't likely go back unless it's some odd situation like that.  It would be a nice little hill for a local learner, but not for someone visiting CO to ski.

 

@anachronism differed with me in another thread, IIRC, maybe he'll chime in.

post #9 of 25
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Spend the extra $10 for Loveland over Cooper, it's 10 times the ski area for an advanced skier IMO.  I skied Cooper a couple times on super cheap tickets learning to tele long ago, but won't likely go back unless it's some odd situation like that.  It would be a nice little hill for a local learner, but not for someone visiting CO to ski.

 

@anachronism differed with me in another thread, IIRC, maybe he'll chime in.

 

I have a pretty narrow window for recommending Cooper to folks. I think it is a great place for...

 

1. People learning how to ski.

2. Early season conditions when there is no advanced terrain open anyways.

3. People looking for a "tune up" day before they hit bigger mountains.

4. People that for one reason or another want to ski someplace for only a few hours and don't want to drop $100+ on a day pass. I think Cooper even has a half day pass for less.

5. Middle intermediates or lower skiers that like local hills.

 

Cooper is a great little hit but is utterly lacking in any true advanced terrain. I regularly recommend it on this board for the above, but it is definitely in the bottom bucket of terrain difficulty in the state. Take all of the blacks you see on that trail map and convert them to blues, or in some cases, greens with one blue pitch.  That said, it can be a lot of fun finding a powder day there and being the only guy skiing the ungroomed runs and trees.

 

Loveland on the other hand I would wholeheartedly recommend for just about anybody.  I think Loveland's terrain is underrated and from a difficulty standpoint is very comparable to Breck, Vail, Keystone, etc. Skier's right of chair 1, chair 9, and the hike- traverses from chair 9 are legitimate expert stuff that gets almost no respect, while the huge amount of mild above treeline skiing has a feel a lot like the back bowls.

post #10 of 25
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Skied Loveland with SkiRacer55 a couple of years ago, it was a powder day and we had a blast.

 

So Abasin for a day, Loveland for a day, one day at Vail on PSIA rates, that's ½ the ski days so far.

 

Usually we splurge a bit on on our one vacay, but need to keep the cost down big time this year.

post #11 of 25

^^^ Great post @anachronism.  Totally agree.

 

I've hit two of your bullet points at Cooper.  My first day was learning how to tele.  My second day was a "tune up" before hitting a bigger mountain, Mt Elbert which I skinned up and skied down my third day on teles :).

 

I'll add another reason to go to Cooper:

 

6. For Colorado locals to understand how good we have it, as Cooper is typical of the small local hills most folks ski on, just with way better snow!

 

post #12 of 25

        It's Back.....

http://skifreedeals.com/

 

A side note on Ski Cooper, we rode the sleds up Chicago Ridge a weekend after the Mighty Cooper closed for the season, Trust me there's some Big Lines up There. If they ever put lift service up there, it would put them on a new map!

post #13 of 25

never been to winter park so no clue....

 

I just have not so fond memories of being charged 87 dollars at steamboat and using a 50 percent off voucher at copper and paying 52 dollars. 

 

as full time pro the deals in other states at better(cough utah cough jackson) with a PSIA card/letter.  

post #14 of 25

Winter park (Mary Jane) is great skiing, and they run deals regularly for lift tickets, their ski with a friend passes are also inexpensive ($59?) if you can find someone who has a season pass.  The 4 day pass for 199 is closed, but the 4 by 40 pass is still open (two days WP, 2 days Steamboat) for $229.

 

King Soopers (local grocery chain) also sells lift tickets (on premises) to a number of mountains in the area for a discount (which varies).

post #15 of 25

Consider staying a few nights in Georgetown to save a few bucks on lodging and ski Loveland or Winter Park depending on weather/snow.  Some storms WP/MJ will get considerably more snow than Summit County, and Loveland is much more fun on a nice day.   That plus a few nights in Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne skiing A-basin, Copper and Vail is what I'd be heading toward. 

 

I've just skied Copper, A-basin and Mary Jane the last few years and been pretty darn happy, really just itching to get to AltaBird, JH and Crested Butte.

post #16 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks tball.  Our lodging is already set.  

post #17 of 25
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I went to that link and it asked for all kinds of personal info and said you'd get in touch with me.  Sorry that's not the way I roll.  If you signed up on epic to get people's contact info - bad on you.  If you have deals to offer, then offer them.

post #18 of 25

Check out ebay, they have alot of buy 1 get 1 deals for mountains, that what me and my buddy just picked up for our 1st colorado trip next week

post #19 of 25
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Check out ebay, they have alot of buy 1 get 1 deals for mountains, that what me and my buddy just picked up for our 1st colorado trip next week

 

I hope the BOGO that you purchased is not related to this.

post #20 of 25
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I hope the BOGO that you purchased is not related to this.

well we didnt buy them yet, but i think thats it and it came with a receipt, it wasnt just the paper.

post #21 of 25
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well we didnt buy them yet, but i think thats it and it came with a receipt, it wasnt just the paper.

 

Well, when you come to CO, just stop by a Shell station and buy 10 gallons of gas.

 

Lots of people creep gas stations and ask non-skiers if they can get their coupons/receipts.

post #22 of 25

the way the bogo works, you go to the cashier; then they staple the coupon/voucher to a copy of your receipt, and also stamp it with their shell store number.   Not entirely high-tech.
But yea, you can just also get the same off of ebay for a few $, people always hustling to try to make something for something they buy anyway.  They shouldn't be charging too much, and it's a win-win for their effort and saving you time.

post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

the way the bogo works, you go to the cashier; then they staple the coupon/voucher to a copy of your receipt, and also stamp it with their shell store number.   Not entirely high-tech.
But yea, you can just also get the same off of ebay for a few $, people always hustling to try to make something for something they buy anyway.  They shouldn't be charging too much, and it's a win-win for their effort and saving you time.

 

Yeah, it occurs to me that if he has a bunch of people in his group, it won't be as simple as buying 10 gallons.

 

But still, don't pay real money for these coupons- they are not rare in the slightest, and you can probably get all you need by spending 10 minutes at a shell station asking people at the pumps if they wouldn't mind getting a coupon on your behalf.

post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by anachronism View Post
 

 

Yeah, it occurs to me that if he has a bunch of people in his group, it won't be as simple as buying 10 gallons.

 

But still, don't pay real money for these coupons- they are not rare in the slightest, and you can probably get all you need by spending 10 minutes at a shell station asking people at the pumps if they wouldn't mind getting a coupon on your behalf.

Good point, im sure we could go through 10 gallons of gas no problem multiple times.  Theres only 2 of us in the group since our Cali friends backed out at the last min due to work restrictions, so if we can get 1 when we fill up and then ask someone for their receipt then we're golden.  We only need 2 of them for our 2 days in CB, so i dont think we'll have a problem.  Whats the avg price of gas out there?? Just curious cause im a cheap bastard lol

post #25 of 25
Just went to vail and breck 2 weeks ago. $79 with PSIA card
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