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Denver Deal: Living West, Sam’s Club, Free Days & More

I heard of this friend of mine doing a post-Thanksgiving potluck. When you are just absolutely sick of the leftovers that you have – she invites friends over to share what is left (on Saturday). While I love this idea – I really do love the leftovers just as they are. In fact, my kids will be with their dad on Thanksgiving this year. I will spend the day with my sister and her family – but they never give me enough leftovers. So I’m making my own Thanksgiving early – so I can get a jump start on the leftovers. Which then gives me plenty of time to peruse the Black Friday ads and make a PLAN for Thanksgiving night – without too much guilt of having to be with family.

FREE Days

Before the holidays make you feel like you live in a zoo, visit the real one. The Denver Zoo will host FREE Days for Colorado residents on Thursday, November 21.

History Colorado Center

Explore Colorado’s history in the experiential exhibit, Living West at the History Colorado Center. Zebulon Pika takes kids through the activities and sharing fun, interesting facts about life in the West. From 11/23/13-2/28/14 kids ages 6-12 gain a free admittance when they participate in this at-home craft and wear it to the Museum (children ages 5 and under get in free with an adult).

Sam’s  Club

Is it bad to admit that there are times that I go to Sam’s Club to have samples for lunch? (I am betting I am not the only one). Sam’s Club has posted a “menu” for this weekend.

Scrooge

Denver Center presents A Christmas Carol based on the Charles Dickens tale at the Stage Theater November 29-December 29. Plus, you get a 20% discount when you use the code: HolidayPerk when you purchase tickets before December 1.

CouponCabin.com

 CouponCabin.com  makes online shopping simple and stress free, while saving shoppers money.  They just launched a feature called MyCabin, a personalized profile option that enables shoppers to customize their shopping experience.  Sign up for free, follow specific brands, stores or categories and create a personal storage place for all your deals.  Not to mention, CouponCabin.com will be receiving Black Friday deals early.  Users of CouponCabin.com have an average savings of about $20 per transaction, and they guarantee all of their coupons will work or they will buy you dinner.

CiCi’s Pizza

Cici’s Pizza is offering their buffet for just $5 per person through November 30. Cici’s pizza is all you can eat pizza, soup, salad, pasta and desserts.

Ski Deals:

  • Arapahoe Basin – Kids 14 and under ski free December 1 through December 20. No strings attached. (Plus, $10 off lessons til Dec. 20 as well).
  • Crested Butte – Free Skiing on Opening Day (also great deals on lodging).
  • 5th Grade Passport FREE for 5th Graders. Send in application and photo.
  • 5th & 6th Grade School Of Shred – Free Skiing at Vail Resorts + beginner lesson. Get pass at Colorado Ski & Golf Locations (Colorado Ski & Sport by Park Meadows). Sign up by this Sunday.
  • Aspen/Snowmass – Kids free with adult. Ski free with adult lift ticket, Rent free with adult rental, eat lunch free with adult meal purchase.
  • Copper Mountain – One, Two, FREE! Third night lodging FREE, third day rentals FREE, third day lessons FREE, Kids 12 and under ski FREE with adult secret pass purchase.
  • Loveland – Four-packs available through November 24 for just $129 (making each ticket just over $33 each). Four-packs are transferable (meaning you can bring the whole family on one day or use all four for yourself).
  • Vail – Season lift tickets are only on sale through this weekend! Get them now. A season pass pays for itself in just about 4 times of going (Vail includes: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin).
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Community Feel-Good:

Colorado Gives Day began as an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Colorado Gives Day presented by Community First Foundation and First Bank will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and it is your opportunity to support your favorite nonprofit a chance for you to find out more about Colorado’s nonprofit community and identify nonprofits you’d like to support either through charitable giving or through volunteerism.  CLICK HERE to find out more about Colorado Gives Day.

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Denver Deal: Denver Zoo, Jamba Juice & Ski Deals

Santa has arrived at several malls (last weekend) and I’m starting to get information on Black Friday deals. If you have any great insider scoop, please share it with me. Apparently, there won’t be much in the way of Black Friday this  year – as several stores are planning their openings on Thanksgiving Day and of course, there is always online shopping. Deals are not so secret anymore – as Target has already published a spoiler and I’m just waiting to see what other big Black Friday retailers are going to offer. Look for trends this year like bundling and gift card with purchase (especially at stores like Target).

FREE Days

The Denver Zoo will host FREE Days for Colorado residents on Friday, November 15 and Thursday, November 21.

Symphony Discount

Mile High Mamas readers can now receive a discount-rated ticket for any of the Colorado Symphony shows through the entire season! Super Group Discount will give you 20% Discount for Masterworks (Friday/Sunday ONLY), Pops (No Holiday), Family, and ITS. To purchase tickets use Code: MILEHIGHMAMAS. http://tickets.coloradosymphony.org/single/EventListing.aspx?promo=4170 Group tickets are also available for your group (school/church etc). For more details contact Harrison at 303-308-2462.

Scrooge

Denver Center presents A Christmas Carol based on the Charles Dickens tale at the Stage Theater November 29-December 29. Plus, you get a 20% discount when you use the code: HolidayPerk when you purchase tickets before December 1.

Jamba Juice Wellness Bowls

Jamba Juice introduces their new Wellness Bowls make a delicious and nutritious breakfast, lunch or snack! Made to order, each Wellness Bowl comes in a convenient on-the-go bowl and is a good source of Vitamin C. Pick from five Whole Food Bowls and three Dessert Bowls, and get ready to be bowled over. Grab a spoon and find your smile! For a limited time only, enjoy the Wellness Bowls at 50% off. Only in select markets from 11/8-11/17/2013. (Denver is included). Discount requires coupon.

CiCi’s Pizza

Cici’s Pizza is offering their buffet for just $5 per person through November 30. Cici’s pizza is all you can eat pizza, soup, salad, pasta and desserts.

Crate & Barrel

Crate & Barrel at Park Meadows is hosting a special Thanksgiving event on November 16 from 1 p.m to 4 p.m. At the event they will give tips on hosting an amazing Thanksgiving celebration including: Centerpiece demonstrations, Setting the holiday table, exclusive recipes, cutlery 101 and a special Thanksgiving giveaway.

Supper Solutions

Follow Supper Solutions Cherry Creek and like them on Facebook then get a coupon for a half-price Pumpkin Cheesecake. The dessert is a deliciously rich and creamy blend of a couple of great desserts – pumpkin pie and cheesecake. A perfect addition (and one you don’t have to cook yourself) to your Thanksgiving table. Call ahead for availability at 303-388-1745 and they will have your cheesecake ready for pick-up. Limit one per person/household. Expires 11/23/13.

Ski Deals:

  • Arapahoe Basin – Kids 14 and under ski free December 1 through December 20. No strings attached. (Plus, $10 off lessons til Dec. 20 as well).
  • Crested Butte – Free Skiing on Opening Day (also great deals on lodging).
  • 5th Grade Passport FREE for 5th Graders. Send in application and photo.
  • 5th & 6th Grade School Of Shred – Free Skiing at Vail Resorts + beginner lesson. Get pass at Colorado Ski & Golf Locations (Colorado Ski & Sport by Park Meadows).
  • Aspen/Snowmass – Kids free with adult. Ski free with adult lift ticket, Rent free with adult rental, eat lunch free with adult meal purchase.
  • Copper Mountain – One, Two, FREE! Third night lodging FREE, third day rentals FREE, third day lessons FREE, Kids 12 and under ski FREE with adult secret pass purchase.
  • Loveland – Four-packs available through November 24 for just $129 (making each ticket just over $33 each). Four-packs are transferable (meaning you can bring the whole family on one day or use all four for yourself).
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Community Feel-Good:

Colorado Gives Day began as an initiative to increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. Colorado Gives Day presented by Community First Foundation and First Bank will take place during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 and it is your opportunity to support your favorite nonprofit a chance for you to find out more about Colorado’s nonprofit community and identify nonprofits you’d like to support either through charitable giving or through volunteerism.  CLICK HERE to find out more about Colorado Gives Day.

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Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!

Don’t want to miss any of Mile High Mamas’ contests and events? Be sure to sign up for our weekly email newsletter so you can forward these great deals to your friends.

If you’re a twit follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

Denver Deal: Labor Day is Ski Sale Season!!

If you and your family are planning to ski this winter – now is the time to be thinking about deals and where you will want to ski.

Jr. Trade in Program

Colorado Ski & Golf (Ski & Sport) locations offer a  uniquely affordable ski rental program was created to insure that children’s equipment is as modestly priced as possible. After the first season’s rental, a complete package for used equipment that includes skis, boots and poles is only $49.99 per year. A mandatory binding check adds $15. Equipment can be exchanged as often as needed during the season to make sure the size and fit remains comfortable—free. The first year kids are registered in Junior Trade In, the cost is $99.99 for used equipment and then each year, a refit into a different set of used equipment is 50 percent off–$49.99. The deal remains in effect for as long as the child continues to rent through the Colorado Ski & Golf program.

School of Shred/5th Grade Passport

There are two different programs that allow the state’s 5th graders to ski/snowboard for FREE! School of Shred is the Vail Resorts program (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone & Arapahoe Basin) that is free for BOTH 5th and 6th graders. You have to show proof of your child being in that grade at any Colorado Ski & Golf Location (and occasionally at special events) then they are allowed to ski 4 times at each resort for free.

5th Grade Passport is the program by Colorado Ski Country which allows 5th Graders (and 6th graders for a nominal $99 annual fee) to ski at areas like Aspen, Steamboat, Crested Butte, Eldora, Winter Park, Copper & Loveland. Applications are mail in process available starting in September.

*There does not seem to be any restrictions about using BOTH programs.

Ski Rex

Skiers and snowboarders will want to hit the line early on Saturday of Labor Day weekend for the big tent sale at the Aurora Colorado Ski & Golf location. Deals on skis, snowboards, clothes, helmets, and accessories will be 30-75% off! Merchandise is overstocked and specially purchased stuff that are last season’s styles and models. New stuff will be at pre-season sale prices.

Christy Sports Powder Daze

Save up to 70% off  apparel and equipment plus get some amazing deals from ski resorts August 23 through Labor Day Weekend at Christy Sports near Park Meadows.

Arapahoe Basin

Arapahoe Basin’s ski sale specials include fully transferable 4-Packs for $139. In addition, at Christy Sports’ Park Meadows location, the Elevation 4-Pass plus one half-off lift ticket for a friend will be on sale for $119.

Copper Mountain

Copper’s legendary Four Pack ($149) guarantees four days of skiing and riding at Copper Mountain, with no blackout dates during the 2013/2014 season. Plus, no blackout dates.  Adults (18-69): $369;  Teens (13-17): $299; Children (6-12): $209; Seniors (65+): $249; Ages five & under FREE.

Loveland

Skiers and snowboarders visiting Loveland’s booth at the first shows of the season (Ski Rex, Sniagrab, Powder Daze) can take advantage of special offers, including a $10 savings on 4-Pak purchases, great deals on new gear, and special offers only available through Labor Day Weekend. Loveland 4-Paks are unique as they are actual lift tickets that can be used by anyone on any day of the 2013-2014 season. With no restrictions and no blackouts, 4-Paks are only available through November 24, 2013. Also, at the sales, skiers and riders can play Loveland Lotto for their chance to win a Season Pass, lift tickets, lesson packages, $10 Beau Jo’s gift cards, limited edition Loveland head/neck scarfs and more.

Vail Resorts

Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass encompasses 5 mountains in Colorado including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin (the actually have 18 ski areas some in Utah, Lake Tahoe, Michigan and internationally as well). They have several different pass products depending on which mountains you want access to (and how much access ie. Unrestricted/Unlimited). Vail Resorts sells their passes at Colorado Ski & Golf (Ski & Sport) locations locally and REI near Park Meadows (on weekends). The most popular pass is the Epic Local currently at $529 for adults; $409 for teens and $269 for kids.

Winter Park

The 2013/14 Winter Park/Mary Jane season passes feature unrestricted access to Winter Park’s cruisers and groomers as well as the challenging bump and tree skiing at Mary Jane. Current prices for Winter Park season passes are guaranteed through September 3. Adults (ages 18 – 69): $369; Teens (ages 13-17): $299; Children (ages 6-12): $219; Ages five & under: $30

Email me if you know of any great Denver deals!

Don’t want to miss any of Mile High Mamas’ contests and events? Be sure to sign up for our weekly email newsletter so you can forward these great deals to your friends.

If you’re a twit follow me on Twitter (GeeWhy93).  If I find a great deal during the week, I’ll tweet it out.

Go West: Powderhorn Mountain Resort for Families

Although Powderhorn Mountain Resort celebrates its 45th anniversary this season, many Colorado skiers have never heard of it, let alone skied the mountain. The westernmost resort in Colorado, getting to Powderhorn from Denver requires driving I-70 through Summit County, zipping right by Vail and giving Aspen a pass. So why would Front Range families make the effort to visit Powderhorn? No crowds, no lift lines, an excellent, affordable ski and ride school, and some of the best glades and powder skiing in the state.

Generations of western slope families learned to ski at Powderhorn and return year after year. With just one base, families feel comfortable letting their kids roam free,

Crested Butte Mountain Resort: The Makings of an Unprecedented Family Vacation

My family had an unprecedented vacation to Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR).

It wasn’t just attributed to the eight inches of fresh powder without a lift line in sight or the glistening Elk Mountains (the frozen equivalent of Shangri-La). But rather, because I skied my first double-black diamond run (Rachels)…and later managed to fall getting off the chairlift as I avoided a wayward ski-schooler.

Par for the course in a funky mountain hamlet where you should expect the unexpected.

Camp CB

Hands down, Crested Butte is my favorite Colorado mountain town (read my summer exploits) and I was positively giddy to ski Crested Butte Mountain Resort for the first time.

My family awoke to