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Lift ticket deals and discounts in Colorado?

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Greetings from Sunny Massachusetts,

I'm heading to Colorado next week for some skiing with my son, on either end of the work week - Sunday, Monday, and maybe Friday. We're on a budget and would sincerely appreciate pointers to any lift ticket deals on mountains in the vicinity of Broomfield, where we'll be staying. We've been told by friends we'd enjoy Winter Park, Copper Mountain, and such. We'd like to hit three different places for one day of skiing each.

I'm an intermediate, though aggressive adult (50) skier, William's an aggressive 20 year old snow boarder.

We've heard of coupons available in supermarkets, etc., but would like to know in advance of any locally-available deals or discounts, or any hidden or hard-to-find online deals.

Thank you very much!

Regards,

jv
post #2 of 25
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Originally Posted by jviss View Post
Greetings from Sunny Massachusetts,

I'm heading to Colorado next week for some skiing with my son, on either end of the work week - Sunday, Monday, and maybe Friday. We're on a budget and would sincerely appreciate pointers to any lift ticket deals on mountains in the vicinity of Broomfield, where we'll be staying. We've been told by friends we'd enjoy Winter Park, Copper Mountain, and such. We'd like to hit three different places for one day of skiing each.

I'm an intermediate, though aggressive adult (50) skier, William's an aggressive 20 year old snow boarder.

We've heard of coupons available in supermarkets, etc., but would like to know in advance of any locally-available deals or discounts, or any hidden or hard-to-find online deals.

Thank you very much!

Regards,

jv
Well if you chose to fly on Frontier Airlines, you can exchange your boarding pass for two free lift tickets for the price of one at either Copper or Winter Park. Good for boarding passes dated 11/3/06-4/15/07. No blackout dates.

Find someone with a season pass at the ski resort of your choice. They can buy a limited number of discounted tickets per day with the pass.

The Denver Post sometimes prints discount coupons in the paper. Usually starts about now.

In Broomfield, there is a King Soopers at the intersection of Hwy 287/Miramonte and Main St/120th ?/Hwy 287.

Eldora has a ticket office in Boulder. Don't know if they sell them discounted there.

Try Christy Sports or Boulder Ski Deals in Boulder.

Post something on the Denver/Boulder Craigslist.

Ask a resort employee. They generally know the best deals on the hill/town and how to get them. Colorado resort employee's are friendly and resourceful.
post #3 of 25
The supermarkets sell lift tickets at a discount. That is probably your best bet. King Soopers and Safeway are the main players in this area. Go there and buy your tickets in town not in the mountains.

Checking the Denverpost or Rocky Mountain News is also worthwhile. Those coupons are usually in the sports section.
post #4 of 25
Check at www.eduproject.com and see if they are offering E books for sale. Last year they had two for one lift ticket coupons at Winter Park and Copper and a bunch of other discount coupons for fast food and the like. We saved quite a bit.
post #5 of 25
Have you seen this....
www.freeskideals.com
post #6 of 25
post #7 of 25
denver.craigslist.com... there are a ton of cheap lift tickets for sale on there.
post #8 of 25
Oh yeah, forgot about: Gold C book, Entertainment Book(E-book), Wendy's coupons... I think other burger joints have them sometimes too but, well, I haven't had to buy a lift ticket in years. You can order the books online-the Gold C is cheaper or find some local elementary school/kid who is still selling them as a school fundraiser.
post #9 of 25
eBay has alot of lift tickets for different resorts
post #10 of 25
If you're serious about being on a budget, ski at small resorts. Loveland and A-Basin are easy to get to from that area, and even without discounts the tickets are only about $50. If you can find somebody with a Colorado Gems card you can also get about $8-10 off, which is about the same discount somebody with a season pass can get you. Loveland is a great place to go on a weekend day, to avoid the lines and crowded runs (although you'll still have to drive on I-70 with everybody else, and I do mean EVERYBODY else).
(edit: according to Loveland's web site, pre-ordered adult tickets are available for $45)

Some of the local Shell stations here have a "Ski Free" promotion sign up, which last year was a two-for-one coupon for Copper, Winter Park or Monarch (with a 10 gallon gas purchase). Maybe somebody in Broomfield can hook you up for one if you ask around.
post #11 of 25
Somewhere, about a month ago, I found $20 lift tickets to Winter Park. I can't seem to find it anymore, but can't exactly recall how I found it.. It was either on Expedia or Travelocity, buried in an obscure deal page somewhere that you had to hunt around for.

I fear it may be gone.
post #12 of 25
Thread Starter 

Great so far!

Thanks to everyone who replied! I've looked into the e-Book and called Safeway and King Sooper's. The e-Book is $30, and has 2 $35 lift ticket coupons and 2 2 for one coupons each for Copper and Winter Park. So, we're all set for two days with the $35 tickets. One more day and one morer mountiain needed - any deals for Keystone?

By the way, if anyone has coupons they are not using, ...



Keep it coming, please! Thanks,

jv
post #13 of 25
Call REI's main store in Denver. Our club sends about 20-40 skiers on a few trips each year. Each time, they stop in the store and pickup tickets at a good discount.
post #14 of 25
btw, I skied Keystone Wednesday for the first time in two years. I spent much of the day wishing I'd gone somewhere else.
post #15 of 25
Thread Starter 

Why?

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btw, I skied Keystone Wednesday for the first time in two years. I spent much of the day wishing I'd gone somewhere else.
Can you say why?

Thanks,

jv
post #16 of 25
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Can you say why?

Thanks,

jv
Because he didn't know where to ski.
post #17 of 25
I found the groomed runs icy and more crowded than I would have expected for a mid-week day. The bumps and trees were OK, but I could have had a better overall off-groomed experience at Loveland or A-Basin, I felt. I'm also breaking in new boots and didn't appreciate the extra walking I had to do just to reach the lift at River Run (about five times as far as I'm used to walking at Loveland, I'd estimate). I've generally found the snow quality better at the small places, and even at Breckenridge, than it has been in my Keystone experiences.

Of course, I'm just there to ski. Some people value restaurants and shopping and such, but I'm happy to eat my cheese sandwich on the lift. I wouldn't say it was a bad day overall, just not as good as most others I've had this year elsewhere.
post #18 of 25
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Because he didn't know where to ski.
Yeah, I should have kept going up the road five more miles.

I mean, I skied on all three peaks, many of the blue runs on the front side plus a few blacks, trees on both side of Elk Run on the Outback, and more. What did I miss?
post #19 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thanks

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Yeah, I should have kept going up the road five more miles.

I mean, I skied on all three peaks, many of the blue runs on the front side plus a few blacks, trees on both side of Elk Run on the Outback, and more. What did I miss?
What's up the road?
post #20 of 25
A-Basin.
post #21 of 25
fun runs at KJeystone imo

from Outback
Badger, Bushwacker
The Grizz
blue bumps - Oh Bob, Big Horn
easy trees - Wildfire, Pika, Wolverine
Off North Peak Powdercap and AMbush


Sounds like you missed A-Basin
post #22 of 25
Actually I did most of the runs you listed. But different strokes for different folks... I guess I should be grateful that 10,000 people don't leave the big resorts on weekends and descend on Loveland.
post #23 of 25
that's why I said you missed A-Basin. The runs are good but not great. Usually nobody on the black bump runs at Keystone - that is a plus.
post #24 of 25
[quote=jrbd;635966]I mean, I skied on all three peaks, many of the blue runs on the front side plus a few blacks,[quote]

Many of the blues on the front side? That's your problem right there... dont' ski the front side unless you want to get caught behind mom and pop and their 3 kids learning how to ski. There's plenty of good terrain on the back side of North Peak and in the Outback.
post #25 of 25
Thread Starter 

Update - trip to Colorado

Thanks to everyone who suggested deals! We went to Safeway when we arrived and after reviewing both, bought a Gold C Book. Sunday at Copper got two adult tickets at $47. each. Monday no discounts, $72. each. Wednesday, my son went back with a coupon for $42 for an adult ticket.

Friday we went to Winter Park with our coupons, but on the bus an older couple GAVE us a pair of lift tickets! Sweet!

The coupon book is great - we used coupons at breakfast three times, saving a total of $21., Gunther-Toody's for $7., breakfast at B-K for about $3.50, and more. The book cost $10. We saved over $200.

Also, Safeway is cool - we dont' have them here that I know of. Bought some Coors, Single Track, some nice french bread, cereal, milk, etc. The hotel rooom had a 'fridge.

Only bummers: typo on a coupon for Copper that we thought would get us $35. tickets; no coupons for Breckenridge.


Again, thanks!

jv
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