2011 Ski & Snowboard Winter Season Passes

As the dog days of summer are upon us, its finally time to start thinking about the 2010 – 2011 winter snowboard and ski season. Its about 40 days until A-Basin and Loveland have their annual battle to see who can open up first and about 90 days out from when the rest of the ski areas decide when they will be having their opening day. Gives me a cool chill just thinking about it.

Speaking of ski areas opening, have you been thinking about getting a season pass? If so, many areas have a discount for purchasing  a season pass early, which usually is by the end of August or September. Afterwards, the prices can jump up dramatically. I can remember the anticipation I had during the upcoming months prior to moving to Colorado, knowing that I would be buying my first season pass. That first day skiing, after buying my ski pass, even though there were plenty of rocks showing and coverage was marginal in some places, was very expensive. Twenty years ago, it cost me over $700 to ride the lifts that day. However, the almost 100 days afterwards were free! That’s the way I viewed it anyway, so after the first day,  it was a bargain in my book.

I also thought almost everyone who has a season pass skis at about a 100 days, but that is not so. Even if you live in town or close to it and even if you work near the ski area, this is not so. It takes dedication and skiing when conditions aren’t good, whether is frigid and windy, conditions are poor, hungover, tired, you name it. Think about it, skiing or snowboarding for 20 days or 2 out of every 3 days each month from November until March is a lot. You have got to like it and want do it. The interesting part was, the skiers that I thought were the best on the mountain, were usually out skiing or snowboarding even during these less than favorable conditions. I learned then that is what it took to become a very good skier. You needed experience in all conditions, not just when it was soft and fluffy. Those  cold and icy brickyard days were there to help one to become a better skier.

One place where consolidation has helped is the price of ski passes. Just look at the Epic Pass, where for 600 bucks, you can ski and ride in Colorado, California & South America. Now that is a skier and snowboarder’s dream come true. Even Squaw Valley has some excellent options on season passes, which just a few years ago was unimaginable. Jackson Hole, which doesn’t have as much competition, also has lowered it prices on a full season pass lately. So as the economy has fallen off, a benefit to us skiers and snowboarders is that the riding has become a little cheaper for us as well.

An added incentive to purchasing a  season pass is the extra incentive to get out there and use it. Each day on the hill means a lowered daily rate of the pass. Also, the more you use the pass, the more you are thinking about about getting out on the hill again. It certainly becomes habit forming. And when the fat cherry cherry pow pow days come, you are already in shape and ready to shred from first lift til closing chair.

Alpine Meadows has a nice Unfiltered Family Unlimited Pass for $1599, which enables 2 adults & 2 children under 18 to ride all season.

Below, you will find some of the better deals available for the 2010-11 winter season. 

Happy ripping & shredding!

East:

Snowshoe, Seven Springs & Whitetail

New England:

Cannon, Gore, Hunter, Jay Peak, New Hamshire Three Pass & Whiteface

West:

Beaver Creek, Vail, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly & Las Lenas, Winter Park, Mary Jane & Copper, Loveland, Alpine Meadows, Northstar & Sierra-at-Tahoe, Mt Rose, Kirkwood, Grand Targhee,  Powder Mountain, Schweitzer, Whitefish, Red Mountain, Bridger Bowl, Stevens Pass,  Brighton & Mt Bachelor

If you missed buying a season ski pass, check out our Discount Ski Tickets page.

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