Snowmaking at Arapahoe Basin Has Begun!

This is a snapshot pulled from A-Basin’s webcams this morning, look at the snow!

Colder temperatures and humidity levels finally reached peak levels for snow-making, allowing Arapahoe Basin to turn on their snowguns and starting blowing snow! In addition to the man-made snow, Arapahoe Basin reported an inch or two of natural snow last night as well. Arapahoe Basin hopes to open up a few runs starting sometime in mid-October. Season Ski Passes are still being sold for a limited time at Arapahoe Basin for just $299 or you can one-up to a Summit Value Pass, which includes unlimited skiing or riding at Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge all season long for $439 (with a few blackout dates).

In just over a week, Keystone Resort hopes to get their snow guns fired up in lieu of their upcoming November 2 opening date.  Snow was sighted on the top of Keystone’s three peaks this morning as well. is currently hosting a ‘When Will It Snow Contest’ offering a free 2-night stay in a 1-bedroom condo over Keystone’s opening weekend for the person who can guess the date of the first significant snowfall of 4 inches or more in Keystone this season.  This is a sure sign from the snow gods of a great, snowy winter to come!


Epic Pass Sale Extended! Purchase by December 5th!

The 2011-12 ski and snowboard season has officially begun, and Vail Resorts is extending its season pass sales for just a couple more days.  Buy your 2011-12 Epic, Epic Local, Epic 7-Day, Summit Value or Tahoe Value Pass by December 5th!

Currently priced at $669, the Epic Pass has a great value, and includes Keystone Resort, along with other popular Colorado ski areas. With the Epic Pass skiers and riders have unlimited unrestricted access at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado and Heavenly and Northstar in Nevada and California.

* The new Epic Local Pass is now at $5 19 for adults is for locals who can navigate a few more restrictions. This pass allows for unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, and includes 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek.

*The Epic 7-Day Pass is perfect for the occasional skier or rider who plans 7 days or less on the slopes. Now at $519 for adults, this pass allows for unrestricted access at Keystone and other Vail Resorts owned areas as well as Arapahoe Basin.

* Summit Value Pass is an option for people who only plan to ski Summit County. The Summit Value Pass is now available at $429 for adults and provides unlimited and unrestricted lift access to Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, and includes access to Breckenridge with limited restrictions.

SummitCove is proud to be your Keystone Resort Lodging provider as you head to Summit County and surrounding areas!  We hope to see you on the slopes soon!

Take Advantage of Early Season Lift Ticket Deals!

Season pass and lift ticket deals are being released, and at SummitCove, we’ve found you some of the best early season deals for Summit County ski areas so that you can make plans for your ski vacation now!

Summit Value Pass

Adults ($409), Teens ($319) and Children ($209) will enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone or Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge with limitations of the following blackout dates:

  • 11/25 – 11/26/2011, 12/26-12/31/2011, 1/14/2012 & 2/18-2/19/2012.
  • $50 pass holder tickets available for purchase during blackout dates at Breckenridge

The Summit Value Pass also includes 6 Ski-With-A-Friend varying discount tickets, which will be automatically loaded on your pass.

Epic Pass

Adults ($649) and Children (at $329) receive unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, heavenly, northstar-at-Tahoe and Arapahoe Basin with no blackout dates.  You also had the added benefit of 6 Ski-With-a-Friend varying discount tickets being automatically loaded on your pass.

Epic Local Pass

Adults ($499), Teens ($379) and Children ($249) will enjoy unlimited skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Heavenly and Northstar-at-Tahoe.  This also includes 10 restricted days at Vail or Beaver Creek, 6 Ski-With-a-Friend varying discount tickets built into your pass.  Be aware that there are blackout dates at Vail, Beaver Creek, Heavenly and Northstar on 11/25 – 11/26/2011, 12/26-12/31/2011, 1/14/2012 & 2/18-2/19/2012.

Epic 7 Day Pass

Adults ($499) and Children ($249) will receive a total of 7 unrestricted tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar-at-Tahoe or Arapahoe Basin and 6 Ski-With-A-Friend varying discount tickets loaded on the pass.

Arapahoe Basin Bonus Pass

Adults ($369) and Children ($299) can enjoy unlimited and unrestricted access to A-Basin for the 2011/2012 season.  You also receive 5 days at Breckenridge or Keystone.  One of those days can even be used for Vail or Beaver Creek with blackout dates.  Take advantage of discounts on retail, lessons and food and beverage as well as discounted tickets for friends and family.

Other ways to get discounts:

  • Purchase a Gems Card
  • Look into Military passes and discounts
  • Purchase a Mountain Sports Club Membership
  • Have a friend with a season pass purchase discounted lift tickets for you (do not attempt to use your friend’s pass)
  • Sign up for email alerts on discounts from Sliding on the Cheap
  • Lodging with SummitCove?  We’ll send you information about lift tickets through our affiliate with your reservation confirmation!
  • Buy and entertainment or coupon book, or stop by retailers like Sports Authority, Christy Sports and REI.