The time has come. Yes, I mean Winter is coming…not in the Game of Thrones kind of way – but in the We Love to Go Outside and Play sort of way. Ski deals start big-time Labor Day weekend. The mountains have already reported dustings of snow so this may be the year to take up skiing or snowboarding. Try something new. Here are some of the best deals that you can score this Labor Day Weekend.
FREE Lift Tickets For Kids. There are two different programs in the state for kids to get into the sport of skiing/snowboarding.
· Vail’s Epic Ski Kids. Vail’s program is free for kids Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Get four days at each of Vail’s Colorado resorts including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. Plus, it includes one free first-timer lesson (with specific Dec/Jan dates for the lesson). To get the pass you have to take your kiddo and their proof of age/grade to a Colorado Ski and Golf location. Lines can get long, so be patient. But hey, it’s free right? Blackout dates do apply.
· Colorado Ski Country’s 5th Grade Passport
Grade). Colorado Ski Country USA’s 5th grade Passport Program
provides participants with three free days of skiing or snowboarding at each of their 20 member resorts. They also offer a 6th grade Passport
Program. Sixth grade provides participants with four days of skiing or snowboarding at each of their resorts for just $105 if you register before Wednesday, November 30th
, 2016, and only $125 until Tuesday, January 31st
, 2017. Plus, the program offers 5th graders who have never skied nor snowboarded the chance to receive one full-day beginner, level one group lesson, and an equipment rental package for absolutely free. Just sign up for the Passport Program.
· Arapahoe Basin.
The Kids Free 2 Ski
program returns again this year. Kids age 6-12 receive two free days at A-Basin with NO blackout dates and no purchase necessary. Parents should register their child on our eStore
or at one of our Front Range ski shows
by NOVEMBER 6, 2016
, to get two free ski days. Bonus: if your child is a first-time skier or snowboarder, they receive 50% off one half-day a.m. class lesson – which also comes with a lift ticket.
Junior Trade Program
. The best deal in town for kid’s equipment is the Junior Ski Trade
program at Colorado Ski and Golf (Ski and Sport/Boulder Deals) locations. The easy-on-the-budget program provides deeply discounted prices on full set-ups (skis, bindings, poles, boots, safety check) for both new and used equipment for children and teens who take advantage of this annual update program. The advantage: annual exchange of equipment “grows” with the kids allowing them to be in the right-sized boots and right sized ski or snowboard. The cost for the entire first season on used equipment starts at $99.99 or starting at $199.99 for a brand new equipment set-up. (Normal single day rental is typically somewhere around $30). For every subsequent season the child participates in Junior Trade through Colorado Ski & Golf, customers get a 50 percent in-store credit on their initial purchase price towards updated and re-fitted gear. Early birds get the widest selection of sizes and brands. The program is available to youth snowboarders at a slightly higher price.
SKI REX. THE ski equipment sale is SkiRex at Colorado Ski & Golf Locations (Colorado Ski and Sport/Boulder Ski Deals). The buyers have been cramming their Aurora warehouse with special purchases on skis, snowboards, boots, outerwear, and accessories from factory overruns, closeouts, and unsold inventory from regions where snow and sales were low last year. The sale starts Friday Sept. 2 at 8am and then runs for two full weeks untilSunday, Sept. 18.
With the help of Keystone Resort, the Park Meadows location of Colorado Ski & Sports will be the go-to spot for families. Along with the bargains, an outdoor playground will rule under the big tent in the parking lot. Kidtopia, Keystone’s season-long free family programming, will animate the area with craft activities, a bounce house for energetic young jumpers, and opportunities to meet the resort’s ski patrol dogs as well as Keystone’s beloved canine mascot, Ripperoo. Burton’s Riglet Park, a learn-to-ride obstacle course for little tykes, will be staffed by two instructors to introduce future riders to their first snowboard experience on an artificial snow surface with mini bumps and ramps from Thursday, Sept. 1-Sunday, Sept 4.
. The Christy Sports Powder Daze ski and snowboard sale returns to Denver exclusively at the Christy Sports Event Center
: 8601 W Cross Dr in Littleton,Colorado next to the Southwest Plaza Mall. Open 10am – 8pm
Daily, August 26 through September 6 with all Ski gear, Board Gear and Apparel up to 70% OFF! Plus, exclusive pass deals available at Denver Powder Daze Only!
Ski Area Deals:
· Arapahoe Basin
– The A-Basin Transferable 4-Pack
is just $179! Available online or at Front Range Shows through September 6
. Coolest part about this ticket is that it is fully-transferable with NO blackout dates. The 4-pack goes on sale Friday, August 26, 2016, either in person at a Front Range ski show
or online at our eStore
. It *cannot
* be purchased at the mountain. Price is subject to change, and this is the lowest price of the season, so Labor Day weekend is definitely the time to buy!
*Powder Daze exclusive
* – the adult A-Basin Elevation 4 Pass
(ages 15+)plus one day for yourself or a friend – $159. This deal is ONLY valid at Christy Sports Powder Daze show sale in Littleton.
The adult (age 15+) Arapahoe Basin Elevation 4 Pass gives the pass holder FOUR days of skiing with NO blackout dates. It is non-transferable (good for one person). When purchased at PowderDaze, the pass holder gets a FIFTH ticket for themselves or a friend loaded onto their pass (there are no blackout dates on that ticket).
– Steamboat has several deals. Their deadline for many of their season pass, multi-day and multi-mountain pricing deadlines are Sept. 5
so act quickly! They also have some amazing packages including Labor Day
(incl. lodging, tickets toWild West Air Fest and BOGO gondola tickets); OktoberWest
(incl. lodging discounts, OktoberWest beer tasting ticket discounts and BOGO gondola tickets); Fall Breakaway
package (free night of lodging when you book two or more); and other great deals as you look ahead to winter deals can be found here: https://www.steamboat.com/plan-your-trip/deals-and-packages
· Crested Butte – Crested Butte takes the four-pack one notch up with a 6-pack and come back to see my favorite summer get-away! The six-pack includes five winter tickets and one summer ticket. $149 inclusive, limited to 1 per 18+ adult present. You can use the summer lift ticket for remainder of summer 2016 or summer 2017. Summer ticket expires end of summer season 2017. Score the PowderDaze 2-Night stay deal $329 inclusive. $189 inclusive for extra nights. Booking starts November 17th. Based on availability. Plus, they have a special kids 3-pack group lessons/lift for just $300 inclusive. Ages 3-14 for ski, 7-14 for snowboard. 1 per child per season. Blackout dates apply, Non-transferable, non-refundable on all these offers. Most expire on 4/9/2017.
· Copper – Copper will be offering a 5-for-4 Pack for just $169. This includes 5 days of skiing and riding at Copper with no blackout dates. There will also be Copper Season Passes and the new All Access Pass on sale as well at PowerDaze.
Copper also has some other fun events coming up including Copper Country on September 3 & 4
The annual Labor Day celebration includes free live music, kids activities and a fine arts exhibition. And, Unleash the Fierce Weekend happening the following weekend, September 9 -11. It’s a multi-day experience that stems from the Dirty Girl Mud Run
. Instead of just the run this year, we’ve turned it into a weekend of girl power focused events. There’s a Wine Night Friday the 9th, the run and Girls Night Out on Saturday the 10th
then a Bennies & Bubbly brunch and golf tournament on Sunday the 11th
· Winter Park – Exclusive offer at PowderDaze: Get 4 passes for $179 with a 5th Day FREE! Also, if you buy a 2016-17 Adult Winter Park Season Pass (or Route 40 Pass) get the same kids pass for free. Offers are non-transferrable, all people must be present to purchase pass. No blackout dates.
· Eldora – Season passes are on sale now on their website but you can also score at Deal at PowderDaze… 4-Pass special of $149 available at the show. This pass is non-transferable and non-refundable, so just for one person but it is a great price for 4 amazing days of riding.
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