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Lesser-Known Season Passes

Devin wrote a great guide to all the most frequently used and best known passes in Colorado, but there are also a lot of great deals that you might not be aware of. Below are a few more passes that you may want to check out.

Monarch

This resort may be a bit out of the way and off the beaten track, but it’s offering some great deals this season. Monarch has teamed up with mountains in Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah to offer you some excellent free and discounted deals. You will get 3 free days at each of the following Colorado resorts, including Durango, Loveland, and Powderhorn and 1 free day at Silverton.

Mountains: Alta (Utah), Angel Fire (New Mexico), Durango, Loveland, Pajarito (New Mexico), Powderhorn, Silverton, Sunlight

Price: $319

Colorado Gems Card

This card can get you some great deals at some of the smaller resorts. With this, you’ll get a free day at Arapahoe Basin, Monarch, and SolVista as well as assorted discounts at 9 different mountains. This could prove to be an excellent deal for beginners or those who don’t plan on being able to make it up much this year, but watch the stipulations for redeeming your free days.

Mountains: Arapahoe Basin, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, SolVista, Sunlight

Price: $10

5th Grade Passport

This is an excellent program for anyone with 5th grade kids. The free pass gives kids 3 free passes to each of the 21 participating resorts, totaling 63 days of skiing. You’ll need to fill out an application to be eligible and the passes are only available on a first come, first serve basis.

Mountains: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park, Wolf Creek

Price: Free!

6th Grade Passport

This is an extended version of the 5th grade passport described above. This pass also has access to the same 21 resorts, but now gives kids 4 days at each mountain for a total of 81 days of skiing. Again, you’ll need to fill out an application to be eligible and the passes are only available on a first come, first serve basis.

Mountains: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park, Wolf Creek

Price: $99

Colorado Ski Country USA Gold Pass

This pass touts unlimited and unrestricted access to 21 mountain resorts for the season (excluding Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek and Keystone.) This is a 100% transferable pass, meaning it can be used by anyone any day of the season. However, the steep price tag is going to make this an unreasonable purchase for most skiers and riders.

Mountains: Arapahoe Basin, Aspen Highlands, Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Copper, Crested Butte, Durango Mountain, Echo Mountain, Eldora, Howelsen Hill, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Snowmass, SolVista, Steamboat, Sunlight, Telluride, Winter Park, Wolf Creek

Price: $2,000 for the first 100 passes sold, $2,500 thereafter