Ski season might feel far away—who can think about snow when it’s still 80 degrees outside and the school year just started? Even though you’re still in your summer wardrobe, it pays to think about powder days sooner rather than later. Vail’s Epic Passes will shoot up in price beginning on September 4, 2017, and the other passes follow soon afterwards. But don’t let that stress you out; we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re a diehard fan of Summit County mountains or you’re a more “trail less tracked” type of skier, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to the best Colorado ski pass options for you and all types of skiers and riders.

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Vail Epic Pass

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Vail, Colorado and Gore Range Mountains. Photo Credit: Adventure_Photo (iStock).

The convenience of Vail Resort Management Company’s Epic Pass program is truly unparalleled for Colorado Front Range dwellers. With access to five of Colorado’s most storied ski mountains (Arapahoe Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek), skiers and riders get to experience some of the best terrain, ski culture, and snow that the Centennial State has to offer.

But these passes do come with their fair share of downsides: 1) Price. The Epic Pass prices are more expensive than their rival Rocky Mountain Super Passes, 2) You have to deal with I-70. If you live on the Front Range, you understand the grind of winter weekend I-70 traffic. There’s no avoiding it when you ski at any of these five mountains. 3) Lift lines. This pass is the most popular local pass for a reason, but popularity means crowds. Be prepared to stand in long lift lines and ski crowded slopes.

Read on to find a breakdown of each of the Colorado-centric Epic Pass offerings. Note that other features apply to these passes, including Ski-With-A-Friend and discounted tickets. See Epic Pass website for more details.

  • Epic Pass – $859 (Adult), $449 (Child)

This all-encompassing pass gives you unlimited access to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek, no blackout dates. If you’re looking to travel to ski this winter, you’ll also have access to resorts around the country, British Columbia’s Whistler-Blackcomb, and 30 European resorts across Austria, France, Italy, and Switzerland.

  • *Epic Local Pass – $639 (Adult), $519 (Teen), $339 (Child)

This pass is the best value for skiers and riders who are looking to ski as much as possible (along the I-70 corridor) during the 2017-2018 season. You’ll get unlimited access to Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin and 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek. Some restrictions apply, but nothing that will hinder your fun for long.

  • Summit Value Pass – $529 (Adult), $429 (Teen), $299 (Child)

If you’re not intrigued by Vail’s bowls and Beaver Creek’s storied bump runs, then you won’t miss them with this pass. Unlimited access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and some restrictions at Breckenridge will give you plenty of terrain to swish down all season.

  • *Keystone A-Basin Pass – $349 (Adult), $259 (Child)

This pass is a skier’s pass and truly the best bang for your buck. Enjoy unlimited access to Keystone and A-Basin all winter with limited restricted dates. If you just want to ski and ride hard, get this pass.

  • Epic 7-Day Pass – $639 (Adult), $339 (Child)

Not all of us are diehard powder hounds. If you’re learning to ski or ride, just moved to the Centennial State and looking to explore, or just aren’t going to be able to ski much, buy a seven-day pass to introduce yourself to Colorado ski culture at Breckenridge, Keystone, A-Basin, Vail, and Beaver Creek.

  • Epic 4-Day Pass – $419 (Adult), $229 (Child)

Just getting into skiing? Maybe you’re more into Nordic? Grab the four day pass for some fun mountain days or weekends this season. Who knows, maybe you’ll get hooked and want to ride more next year!

Rocky Mountain Super Pass

Copper Mountain Resort. Photo Credit: Tripp Fay - Copper Mountain Resort - OutThere Colorado.
Copper Mountain Resort. Photo Credit: Tripp Fay – Copper Mountain Resort

The Rocky Mountain Super Pass powered by QuickTrax is a great “local’s” alternative to Vail’s Epic Pass. You get unlimited access to Winter Park, Copper, and Eldora, three awesome resorts with less crowds than their Vail-owned neighbors. Bonus: These resorts require less I-70 travel time.

  • *Rocky Mountain Super Pass+ – $599 (Adult), $479 (Teen), $339 (Child)

If you want to ski big terrain without the hassle, this is the pass for you. If you’re into bumps, steep runs, and stunning views, hard to beat Winter Park’s Mary Jane terrain. Copper Mountain’s got those long groomers you remember from your childhood, and Eldora is the perfect place for some turns when you only have a couple hours to spare. You also get six days at Steamboat, three days at Crested Butte, and three days at Alyeska in Alaska.

  • Route 40 Season Pass – $509 (Adult), $419 (Teen), $309 (Child)

Unlimited access to Winter Park Resort and four ski days at Steamboat. If you’re all about trees and bumps, spend your winter exploring Winter Park’s Mary Jane lifts and terrain.

  • Route 40 Four Pack – $219 (all ages)

Avoid the crowds and get into the skiing groove with this pass. Winter Park is the perfect place to hone your skills and get more comfortable on the mountain.

  • Winter Park Cirque Sled Pass – $20 (all ages)

One of Winter Park’s best features is the Cirque, a section of open bowl skiing with a backcountry feel that can only be accessed via snow cat. Don’t miss out on this beautiful section of terrain that mimics backcountry skiing while remaining safely in-bounds.

  • M.A.X. Pass Add On – $329 (Adult), $279 (Teen), $229 (Youth)

If you’ve got family back east, a job that allows you travel, or you’re a #vanlifer, you may want to consider adding this onto your season pass. Get five days at 44 resorts across the United States from the west coast to the east.

Mountain Collective

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Aspen Snowmass, Colorado. Photo Credit: Tomas Zuccareno.

If you’re one of the lucky ones that has the opportunity to travel to ski big terrain, the Mountain Collective pass is a pretty special new product. You get two days at 16 collective destinations for a total of 32 unforgettable days of skiing. Colorado mountains include Aspen Snowmass and Telluride Ski Resort, but you’ll also get access to some of the other most incredible resorts in the country, including Alta Ski Area, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Price: $469 (Adult), $99 (Child).

Colorado Ski Resort Season Passes

Buttermilk Ski Resort. Photo Credit: Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News - OutThere Colorado.
Buttermilk Ski Resort. Photo Credit: Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News
  1. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Ski Pass – “Ski Above All”
    • Season Pass – $319 (Adult), $239 (Youth), $169 (Child) – Includes ski days at Taos
  2. Aspen Highlands Ski Pass – “Power of Four”
    • Season Pass – $1,849 (Adult), $659 (Child) – Includes access to all four Aspen ski mountains
  3. Aspen Mountain Ski Pass – “Power of Four”
    • Season Pass – $1,849 (Adult), $659 (Child) – Includes access to all four Aspen ski mountains
  4. Aspen Snowmass Ski Pass – “Power of Four”
    • Season Pass – $1,849 (Adult), $659 (Child) – Includes access to all four Aspen ski mountains
  5. Beaver Creek Resort and Ski Area Ski Pass – “Not exactly roughing it”
  6. Breckenridge Ski Resort Ski Pass – “Visit Like You Live Here”
  7. Buttermilk Ski Pass – “Power of Four”
    • Season Pass – $1,849 (Adult), $659 (Child) – Includes access to all four Aspen ski mountains
  8. Copper Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “Raised on Colorado”
    • Season Pass – $409 (Adult), $319 (Teen), $239 (Child)
  9. Crested Butte Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “Crested Butte Difference”
    • Season Pass – $939 (Adult), $589 (Young Adult), $469 (Child)
  10. Echo Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “Closest Ski Resort to Denver”
    • Season Pass – $249 (Adult), $189 (Junior), $149 (Child)
  11. Eldora Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “Closer to You”
    • Season Pass – $409 (Adult), $309 (Junior), $229 (Child)
  12. Howelsen Hill Ski Area Ski Pass – “From Spurs to Skis”
    • Season Pass – $210 (Adult), $150 (Youth), $35 (Child)
  13. Keystone Resort Pass – “It’s all here”
    • Season Pass – Keystone A-Basin Epic Pass: $349 (Adult), $259 (Child)
  14. Loveland Ski Area Ski Pass – “Colorado’s True Winter Wonderland”
    • Season Pass – $399 (Adult), $299 (Young Adult), $189 (Child)
  15. Monarch Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “We don’t make snow, Mother Nature does”
    • Season Pass – $459 (Adult), $289 (Teen), $189 (Junior)
  16. Powderhorn Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “Where the pace is slower and the smiles are broader”
    • Season Pass – $549 (Adult), $419 (Youth), $274 (Junior), $104 (Child)
  17. Purgatory Mountain Ski Pass – “Best Value Ski Resort in North America”
    • Season Pass – $749 (Adult), $459-$579 (Young Adult, 30-36), $359 (Teen), $259 (Child)
  18. Silverton Mountain Ski Pass – “All thrills no frills”
    • Season Pass – $699 (Solid Gold Pass, Heli-skiing), $149 (Spring Unguided Season Pass), $69 (Child)
  19. Ski Cooper Ski Pass – “Cooper is different; Skiing the way it should be”
  20. Ski Granby Ranch Ski Pass – “All of the amenities without the crowds”
    • Season Pass – Single and multi-day lift tickets available for advance purchase
  21. Steamboat Resort Ski Pass – “Ski Town USA”
    • Season Pass – $1,299 (Adult), $799 (Teen), $449 (Child)
  22. Sunlight Mountain Resort Ski Pass – “No hassles. No hype. It’s exactly why you go skiing or riding”
    • Season Pass – $439 (Adult), $289 (Student), $199 (Child)
  23. Telluride Ski Resort Ski Pass – “Unmatched in North America”
    • Season Pass – $1,200 (Adult), $800 (Young Adult), $400 (Junior), $375 (Child)
  24. Vail Ski Resort Ski Pass – “Ultimate Colorado Ski Resort”
  25. Winter Park Ski Resort Ski Pass – “Always offering more than you imagined”
    • Season Pass – $429 (Adult), $339 (Teen), $249 (Child)
  26. Wolf Creek Ski Resort Ski Pass – “The Most Snow in Colorado”
    • Season Pass – $784 (Adult), $605 (Student), $309 (Child), $44 (Tot)

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