Miss out on early bird ski­pass deals? You still have op­tions.

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By John Meyer

You meant to get the early­bird dis­counts for the Epic and Ikon passes last spring or sum­mer, but waited. Don’t worry; you still have op­tions to get on the slopes to ski or snow­board with­out break­ing your bud­get.

Wouldn’t you know it, just as the Colorado high coun­try was get­ting its first sub­stan­tial snow­fall of the sea­son, fall dis­counts for Epic and Ikon passes were ex­pir­ing. If you’re kick­ing your­self now for not lock­ing in good prices back in the spring or sum­mer, we’ve got some op­tions for you to con­sider.

Epic Passes this week went up $20 to $709 for the Epic Lo­cal Pass and $949 for the full Epic Pass. Ikon prices went up $50, bring­ing the cost of the Ikon Pass to $1,049 and the Ikon Base Pass to $749.

The Epic Pass and Epic Lo­cal Pass cover Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck­en­ridge, Key­stone and Crested Butte, which are owned by Vail Re­sorts, and also of­fer ac­cess to Ara­pa­hoe Basin. Plus, this win­ter they will in­clude seven days at Tel­luride. Ikon Passes in­clude the four Aspen Moun­tains, Win­ter Park, Cop­per Moun­tain, Steam­boat and El­dora. Both Epic and Ikon also of­fer ski­ing and rid­ing at nu­mer­ous re­sorts around the coun­try, in Canada

and even over­seas.

Here are some of the best deals out there now:

Cop­per Moun­tain four­packs for REI mem­bers are go­ing for $199. Non­mem­bers can get that price if they first pur­chase an REI mem­ber­ship for a one­time fee of $20. The Cop­per four­packs can be pur­chased at Front Range Christy Sports lo­ca­tions, at the Lar­son’s Ski & Sport Shop on Nov. 17 and 18 or at the Colorado Ski & Snows­ports Expo, Nov. 16 to 18 at the Colorado Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. By com­par­i­son, four­passes for Win­ter Park are priced at $369.

Love­land four­packs will be priced at $169 through Nov. 18, but they will be go­ing for $159 at a se­ries of spe­cials at Front Range ski shops and the Expo. Love­land also will con­tinue its fall pric­ing on sea­son passes un­til Dec. 1. Adult sea­son passes are go­ing for $419, but only $319 for week­day­only passes. Sea­son passes for ages 15 to 22 are $309 and younger chil­dren are $189. Se­nior pass prices (70 and over) are just $99. Love­land sea­son passes in­clude free days at Pur­ga­tory, Monarch, Pow­der­horn, Ski Cooper, Sun­light and seven re­sorts out­side of Colorado. A sea­son pass good at Key

stone and Araphaoe Basin is only $389, and a four­pack good at both moun­tains is only $219.

El­dora sea­son passes are $499 but mid­week passes are only $389, and mid­week passes for col­lege stu­dents are $279.

Ski Cooper will be­gin sell­ing its XP Pass on Oct. 20 for a limited time. It’s a non­trans­fer­able four­pack with no black­out dates for $129. Trans­fer­able four­packs will be go­ing for $139 at the Ski & Snow­board Expo.

Monarch is sell­ing five­pack tick­ets for $250 through Nov. 23, when the price will in­crease to $320. Sea­son passes are $479, and that price will go up on Nov. 9.

Colorado Ski Coun­try USA once again will be sell­ing Gems cards for $25. It’s a dis­count card at the state’s Gems re­sorts, which in­clude Ara­pa­hoe Basin, Ski Cooper, Echo Moun­tain, El­dora, Granby Ranch, Ski Hes­pe­rus, Ken­dall Moun­tain, Love­land, Monarch, Pow­der­horn and Sun­light. It en­ti­tles the holder ski­ing with a friend or fam­ily mem­ber to buy one lift ticket and get a sec­ond one free or get 30 per­cent off one ticket.

Jeff Neu­mann, The Den­ver Post

Andy Cross, Den­ver Post file

Snow­board­ers head down Main Vein on open­ing day at Cop­per Moun­tain ski area in Novem­ber 2011.

Andy Cross, Den­ver Post file

Two skiers head up the Le­nawee Moun­tain lift at Ara­pa­hoe Basin ski area for some late spring ski­ing in June.

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