It’s no secret that skiing is one of the reasons why people flock to Colorado either on vacation or as a permanent home.  However, the options are endless so deciding how to experience the slopes in a way that best fits your lifestyle could be a bit overwhelming.  Fear not and read on to determine which type of skier you are (or might be).

Frequent Flier 

This is you if you ski a lot.  The two best options for skier who plan to hit the slopes whenever the mountains are calling are either the Epic Pass or the Rocky Mountain Super Pass.  If you go with the epic pass you’ll get access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Utah’s Park City, Vermont’s Stowe, California’s Heavenly, Kirkwood and Northstar, British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb and Australia’s Perisher.  There are different “levels” of the epic pass so for more details on blackout dates and restrictions, head over to Epic Pass.  Another option is the Rocky Mountain Super Pass which give you access to Winter Park, Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort and includes six days at Steamboat, three days at Crested Butte and three days each at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor and Alyeska in Alaska.  Again for more information and restrictions visit Ski Colorado.

Chasing Powder

  • The Multi-Alpine Experience Pass, or M.A.X. Pass, $679 until Oct. 10 when it goes up $50, will fade away after this year considering Intrawest is now a part of the new Aspen Skiing – KSL gig. The M.A.X. Pass offers five unrestricted days at 44 mountains, including Copper Mountain, Crested Butte, Eldora, Steamboat and Winter Park. Available at themaxpass.com.
  • Mountain Collective, $469 until that price point sells out at which time it will go up $10-$15, is another pass that will likely fade as pass-founding Aspen Skiing, Mammoth and Squaw Alpine join forces under a new, yet unnamed partnership. Offering two days at 16 of North America’s top-o’-the-bucket-list resorts — including Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Revelstoke, Taos and Telluride — this is the pass for storm-chasing skiers eager to notch a weekend at the best hills. Available at mountaincollective.com.

The Loyalist

If you ski often but tend to stick to one mountain, you can buy passes at a hill instead.  This is often the case for parents with children in ski school.  Here are some options for popular hills in the areas.

  • Winter Park pass: $449 until mid-October, unlimited, no restrictions, comes with three days at Oregon’s Mt. Hood Meadows. Available at winterparkresort.com.
  • Route 40 season pass: $529 until mid-October, unlimited access to Winter Park with four days at Steamboat. Available at winterparkresort.com.
  • Copper Pass: $429 until mid-October, unlimited, no restrictions, with three days at Monarch, Purgatory and Taos. Add $150 and get a dedicated lift line and a 15-minute head-start on the lifts. Available at coppercolorado.com.
  • Arapahoe Basin pass: Double Down, $559 (prices subject to change at any time) gets unlimited, no restrictions for 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, including three days at Taos; $329 gets unlimited, unrestricted in 2017-18 with three days at Taos. Available at arapahoebasin.com.
  • Eldora Mountain pass: $409 until Sept. 15, unlimited, unrestricted. Family Pass is $999, for two adults and two kids or one adult and three kids. Available at eldora.com.
  • Monarch pass: $479 until Nov. 3, unlimited, unrestricted with three days at Copper, two restricted days at Crested Butte, three days at Loveland, one day at Silverton Mountain and more. Available at skimonarch.com.

The Dabbler

  • Epic 7-Day Pass, $659 and Epic 4-Day Pass, $449 both until early October.
  • Route 40 Four Pack, $219 until mid-October, offers two unrestricted days at Winter Park and two days at Steamboat. Available at winterparkresort.com
  • Winter Park Four Pass unrestricted Freestyle for $239 until mid-October, or restricted Tethered for $179, offers four days at Winter Park.
  • Arapahoe Basin Elevation 4-Day, $169, offers four unrestricted days.
  • Copper Mountain Four Park, $169 Arapahoe Basin Elevation 4-Day, offers four unrestricted days.
  • Aspen Classic Pass offers seven unrestricted days for $409, and four restricted days for $264. Available for renewal now or new Oct. 9-Nov. 12 at aspensnowmass.com. (These usually sell at the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Expo in downtown Denver — mid November— with an extra day thrown in.)
  • Colorado Gems Card, $25, offers two-for-one lift tickets or 30 percent off deals at each of the ten so-called “Colorado Gems” – like Sunlight, Echo Mountain, Powderhorn and Granby Ranch. Available at coloradoski.com/gems.

    source: Denver Post