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Time to start booking your ski trips to save money, winter is on its way

Posted at 1:13 PM, Sep 25, 2023

COLORADO — Those looking to save money will want to begin booking their winter ski and snowboarding trips now, according to experts with Colorado Ski Country USA, an organization that represents more than 21 different ski areas across Colorado.

"If you are planning a ski vacation this winter, do not wait one more minute. Start planning and figure out where you're going and how you're gonna make your dollar stretch as far as it can right now," said Sarah Beatty, the director of communications with Colorado Ski Country USA.

The organization is offering the Gems Teen Pass for teens and the Gems Parent Pass for parents. A ski passport is offered for students in the third through sixth grades.

The Gems Passes and the Gems Discount Card can be used at the following Colorado ski areas:

  • Arapahoe Basin,
  • Cooper,
  • Echo Mountain,
  • Eldora,
  • Granby Ranch,
  • Hesperus,
  • Loveland,
  • Monarch Mountain,
  • Powderhorn,
  • Purgatory and
  • Sunlight

Starting 2023-24, the Gems Teen Pass will allow two uses at each of the 11 Gems ski areas for $199. The Gems Teen Pass can be purchased for those ages 12-17.
Also starting 2023-24, the Gems Parent Pass will allow two uses at each of the 11 CSCUSA Gems ski areas for $299. The Parent Pass is available to parents that purchase a Gems Teen Pass or Ski Passport. Limit of one per household.

The Gems Discount Card will allow you to choose your discount for two uses at each of the 11 Gems ski areas for $48, starting in 2023-24.

The Gems Discount Card includes either:

  • 2-for-1 single-day adult tickets
  • or 30% off one single-day adult ticket at 10 ski areas

And at Arapahoe Basin, you can choose either:

  • A $79 midweek adult ticket (Tuesday–Thursday)
  • or a $99 weekend adult ticket (Friday–Monday) for 2 uses at Arapahoe Basin

The Kids' Ski Passport includes:

  • Entry to 20 Colorado ski areas for four days at each area for $65

Colorado Ski Country USA is also offering a fully transferable Gold Pass for $4,500 this season. This pass offers unlimited access to 20 ski areas.
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