Lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend! Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory), Monarch, Snowmass and Telluride open Thanksgiving day, bringing the total number of Colorado ski areas open to 17.
Moreover, the snow has been coming down steadily over the past few weeks, bringing upwards of six and more feet of snow to many locations. Conditions will be amazing (and are right now), so take advantage of it.
And, take advantage of the following bargains and deals from Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts…
Kids Ski Free: Kids up to and including age 14 can ski or snowboard for free at Arapahoe Basin all day, any day from Nov. 30 through Dec. 19. There is no adult purchase required, nor a minimum stay requirement, and there is no limit to the amount of times children can ski or snowboard for free during this time period. Guests simply stop by the A-Basin ticket window with their kid to pick up their free lift ticket.
Discounted Lessons for Children and Adults: From Nov. 30 through Dec. 19, A-Basin will offer $10 off all class ski and snowboard lessons. The A-Basin Snowsports School is designed to elevate your experience on the mountain with helpful tips provided in a supportive atmosphere for all ages and ability levels.
One Run Lesson: From 10 a.m. until noon on Sundays during A-Basin’s Kids Ski Free period, skiers and riders of any age and ability are matched with an instructor for one run from the Black Mountain Express lift to the base area. The purpose of this lesson is to suggest minor changes or improvements to technique and to introduce you to A-Basin’s snowsports instructors. For more information on Arapahoe Basin’s early season deals and promotions, visit www.arapahoebasin.com.
Early Escape, Buy a Minimum of Two Days and Receive 50% Off: When you purchase a minimum of two days, receive 50% off lift tickets, equipment rentals and lodging and up to 50% off select Ski & Snowboard School lessons. Equipment rentals include ski and snowboard packages and individual items. Valid Nov. 27 through Dec. 19, the package must be booked through Stay Aspen Snowmass seven days in advance of arrival. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Kids Ski Free: CBMR is running a kids promotion where all kids aged 12 and under ski for free until Dec. 18. For more information, visit www.skicb.com.
Lodging: Guests at the Grand Lodge Crested Butte Buy will receive a free night’s lodging for every night purchased through Dec. 26.
One. Two. Free! Copper’s One. Two. Free! Package features a third night free of lodging, a third day of lessons free and kids aged 12 and younger ski free. This package also includes a 33% savings on tubing sessions and Woodward Copper freestyle lessons. If you find a lower lift and lodging package deal, Copper will honor the lower prices. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/CopperOneTwoFree.
2nd Night 50% Off: Book one night of lodging and Copper will knock 50% off the second night. That equals 25% off each night, or a free fourth night with the purchase of three nights’ lodging. Find more information at www.CopperColorado.com.
Ski & Stay Packages: Loveland has teamed up with lodging properties in Clear Creek and Summit Counties to provide skiers and snowboarders with exceptional ski & stay packages. Whether guests are coming into town on vacation or simply want to get out of the Front Range for a night, Loveland has affordable packages available to suit their needs. For more information, visit www.lovelandreservations.com.
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
Kids Ski Free at Durango Mountain Resort: Get four nights lodging, four days lift tickets for mom and dad, and get the kids’ lift tickets for free. Package includes 25% off lodging. You can book by calling 800-525-0892 or online at www.durangomountainresort.com.
Early Season Discounts: Through Dec. 11, save 20% on lodging with early season discounted lift tickets. Reservations can be made online at www.durangomountainresort.com or call 800-525-0892.
Boat Launch Pass: The Boat Launch Pass gives you three days of skiing and snowboarding for $159 and up to 35% off lodging in Steamboat from Nov. 26 through Dec. 20. Days do not need to be used consecutively, but advance purchase is required. Visit www.steamboat.com for more information.
Early Season Discounts on Pass Products: Powderhorn is selling its season passes, Powderhorn P-Card and DECA Pack, at a discounted rate through Dec. 7. The P-Card is good for one day of skiing or snowboarding and additional days are 20% off of the regular single day lift ticket price for the rest of the season. The P-Card is a direct-to-lift pass product which allows guests to skip going to the lift ticket window. The DECA Pack allows skiers and snowboarders to purchase 10 lift tickets at half-price throughout the 2014-15 season, one at a time, all in one day, or anything in between. DECA Pack tickets are fully transferable and don’t have blackout dates. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com/.
Ski Granby Ranch
Carve Away Hunger: Granby Ranch is hosting “Carve Away Hunger” for opening weekend to help support its local food pantry, the Mountain Family Center. On Dec. 11, 12, and 14 those who bring items to support the Mountain Family Center’s Children’s Totes Program will receive a discounted lift ticket. Those who bring a full bag of non-perishable foods to the resort on Dec. 13 will receive a complimentary lift ticket. For more information, visit www.granbyranch.com.
Sunlight Mountain Resort
For its first weekend of the 2014-15 ski season (Nov. 28-30), you’ll find most of Sunlight’s terrain open, all lifts running, and specially-discounted $50 lift tickets. For more information, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.
Kids’ Discovery Week: From Jan. 31 through Feb. 7, kids 5-14 ski free, stay free and receive free lessons. Based on two adults and two children ages 5-14 in a junior suite at the Inn at Lost Creek, this package is a savings of $100 per person, per night. Based on availability; some restrictions apply. For more information, visit www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Winter Park Resort
Discounted Lodging with Early Booking: You can save 25% on lodging for one- or two-night reservations, and 33% on when you book three nights or more before Dec. 8. This offer is good at several Winter Park base lodging properties including Zephyr Mountain Lodge, Fraser Crossing/Founders Pointe condominiums, and The Vintage Hotel. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Four Pass: Winter Park Resort is offering a special Four Pass, which features four days of skiing/riding with no blackouts. Priced at $219 through Dec. 19, Winter Park Four Pass holders will save up to $257 off the window ticket price. For more information, visit www.winterparkresort.com.
Local Appreciation Days & College Days: During the early season, skiers and snowboarders at Wolf Creek can often find the local appreciation rate in place. Local appreciation rates are $41 for adults (a savings of $22) and $24 for seniors and children. Several local appreciation days are set between Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, college students who visit Wolf Creek on college days and present a valid college photo I.D. will be eligible to purchase a $41 adult lift ticket. Visit WolfCreekSki.com to save the dates of all local appreciation days and college days.
Vintage Costume Contest: To celebrate its 75th season of powder skiing, Wolf Creek will host a Vintage Costume Contest on Sunday, Nov. 30. First Prize in each of three categories will win a Wolf Creek Season Pass, and other prizes will be awarded as well. Categories will be for child 12 and younger, adults (13 to 64), and seniors (65+). Contestants will meet at Wolf Creek Lodge’s Sundeck at 1 p.m.