Buy winter season passes before prices jump

Wednesday , August 20, 2014 - 6:22 PM

Temperatures may still hover in the comfortable 80-degree range and snow seems a long way off, but it’s time to start thinking about winter.

It’s less than 100 days until ski and snowboard season starts, and prices for many season passes are set to spikes in mere weeks. For the laggers out there, the time to buy looms, and some resorts have added perks to the coming year to give a little extra incentive to top of Utah skiers.

Snowbasin Resort

Snowbasin will be participating once again in the Powder Alliance, which gives top-tier pass holders access to three days of free skiing at 12 other western resorts. This season, the alliance added Silver Star Mountain in British Columbia, Canada, which has 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The perk is available through Snowbasin’s Premier Pass, which costs $699 for adults, $489 for young adults and seniors, $289 for teens and $199 for youth. Prices are set to go up Sept. 1.

The resort also announced more efficient snow making for the coming season, with 30 new energy-efficient Rubis Evo snow guns. Two additional snowcats are expected to improve grooming conditions as well.

Visit www.snowbasin.com for more information and to buy passes.

Powder Mountain

At PowMow, an adult pass costs $650 for returning passholders, or $705 otherwise. Young adult passes for ages 18-25 costs $475, and seniors ages 62-69 costs $435. Seniors ages 70-79 can get a pass for $175, while skiers over 80 can ski the season for $20. Season passes for kids cost $210 for ages kindergarten to 12th grade. A family pass for two adults and two kids cost $1,600, and $100 for each additional child. For another $100, season pass holders can upgrade to a backcountry pass, which provides ski-in and skin-out Wolf Creek Canyon access and discounted access to the stand-by list for Powder Safari/DMI tours. Prices are set to increase on Sept. 1.



Purchase passes and get details on pass perks at www.powdermountain.com.

Nordic Valley

The ski area formerly known as Wolf Mountain, and once again known as Nordic Valley, is full of news for the coming season. Plans to expand mean more skiable terrain, accessed by snowcat this year and lifts in coming season, as well as a longer season.  The resort’s goal is to move to 3,000 feet of vertical and 2,000 feet of skiable terrain. According to Susie English with Ski Utah, the resort also plans on revamping its lodges and hiring a new chef to spice up its menu. For now, season passes remain affordable. An individual season pass is $355, a student pass is $225 and a randonee pass with no lift access costs $129. Family passes start at $848 for two adults and two children, and additional family members can be added for $105 each. 

To buy passes before they jump on Sept. 1, visit the resort’s slick new website at www.nordicvalley.com.

Cherry Peak Resort

Utah’s biggest ski news this season is the addition of a 15th resort, located about 20 minutes north of downtown Logan. Cherry Peaks Resort will offer day skiing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and night skiing from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Adult season passes cost $315 for day skiing, $249 for night skiing and $435 for both. Passes for youth ages 6 to 11 and seniors over 70 cost $115 for day skiing, $115 for night skiing and $230 for both. The resort will also offer family passes at $630 for day skiing, $530 for night skiing and $855 for both for a family of four. Each additional child costs $90 and each additional adult costs $165. Children five and under ski for free with a paid adult pass.

Passes can be purchased online at www.skicpr.com.

Beaver Mountain 

Beaver Mountain hits a milestone this year, celebrating its 75th year in business. With the Beav, it pays to buy passes early. Prices have already jumped four times since March, but skiers have one more chance to score a deal before the last price hike on Sept. 15. Adult passes are currently set at $500. Juniors ages 6-11 can ski the season for $285. Beginning Sept. 1, students from 6th grade to college can pick up a pass for $325. Children under five ski free with the purchase of an adult pass. For more information, visit www.skithebeav.com.

Kid-friendly deals

According to English, Ski Utah will continue offering its k5th and 6th Grade Passports this season. Fifth graders get three passes to each of Utah’s 15 resorts for the season, while 6th graders get one pass to each resort. The passports cost just $35 per student, and will increase to $45 after Jan. 31, 2014. 

“If you use it once, it’s well worth the price,” English said “For locals, that’s the best deal if you have kids.”

Adults can apply for a Ski Utah Yeti Pass for $649, which offers one lift ticket at each Utah resort and is meant for parents looking to accompany students participating in the 5th and 6th Grade Passport programs, although it’s open to other skiers as well. Limited quantities are available.

For more information on both the 5th an 6th Grader Passport program, to apply for the Yeti Pass and to learn more about ski passes available at other Utah resorts, visit www.skiutah.com.

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