Season Pass or Not?

It’s the age old-question – should I get a season pass for the ski season?

First, ask yourself a few questions.

– How many times do you plan on visiting the mountains this winter?

– Will you be visiting over any holidays?

– Do you prefer skiing only at Keystone or do you like to explore other resorts?

Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start narrowing down the options.


If you plan on visiting Keystone more than once this winter and/or plan on skiing 3 or more days this winter, you are definately going to want to consider the purchase of a season pass.  For a single trip that doesn’t fall over the holiday, why not think about purchasing the Keystone A-Basin 4-pack?  It offers 4, non-transferable days at Keystone or A-Basin, excluding 11/23/18 – 11/24/18, 12/26/18 – 12/31/18, 1/19/19, and 2/16/19 – 2/17/19 for just $219!  That is just $54.75 per day! If you do want to visit during the holidays, there is the Epic 4-Day pass, which is good at 25 different resorts for 4 unrestricted days any time this ski season.  This pass is currently $479, which amounts to $119.75 per day, which beats some of the holiday daily lift ticket prices you will see at the ticket windows!


Ski Slope Views from Cinnamon Ridge at Keystone


If you plan on skiing or riding more than 4 days this winter, the Keystone A-Basin pass is currently $369 and offers unlimited skiing or riding, but with the same holiday restrictions as the 4-pack.  Prefer to ski Breckenridge too?  Take a look at the Summit Value Pass, which includes the 3 resorts, but still with the holiday restrictions at $569.  If you want to add a few days at Vail or Beaver Creek, look to the Epic Local Pass, which offers unlimited days with holiday restrictions at Keystone, Breckenridge and Copper, plus 10 days of skiing and riding at Vail and Beaver Creek for $689.  If you plan to be here over the peak holiday times, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas Break or President’s Day Weekend you might need to upgrade to a full out Epic Pass, which includes access to 65 resorts with no blackout dates, for $929.


Now is the time to make decisions on your winter ski plans.  Season Passes won’t be on sale forever, they typically turn off sales in late November or early December.  Save money this winter and get yourself a season pass! And while you’re at it, you might want to book your lodging too! Book lodging early for the best prices and property selections.

2018 – 2019 Epic Passes Now on Sale

It’s time to save money and get the best benefits on the 2018/2019 Epic Season Passes which are now on sale. If you plan ahead, you can save yourself some money and make skiing more affordable for you and your family with a season pass. $49 down locks in the best price. You might be surprised at how many mountains these passes include! 


A snowboarder on North Peak at Keystone Resort



The Epic Pass will give you ski days at 64 different resorts. It allows you to follow the snow! You have unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin all in Colorado plus resorts in Utah, Canada, California/Tahoe, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Vermont, and Australia (only available with the Epic Pass). You are able to spend any of the holidays at any of these resorts. In addition to unlimited ski days at these resorts, you have 7 unrestricted days at Telluride and Crested Butte, plus resorts in Vermont, New Hampshire, the Canadian Rockies and Hakuba Valley, Japan. You also have access to four countries in Europe – France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria. This pass gives you flexibility to experience resorts across 8 different states and 8 different countries – an Epic adventure, starting at $899 for adults and just $469 for kids!


If you don’t think you need all those resorts but still don’t want to be locked into just a couple of resorts, the Epic Local Pass might be for you. This pass starts at $669 for adults and $359 for kids and gets you unlimited, unrestricted access to Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado plus Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. You do have unlimited but with holiday restrictions at Park City, Heavenly, Northstar Kirkwood, and Stowe. You also get 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, and Whistler Blackcomb although these have holiday date restrictions. 7 ski days at Crested Butte, Mount Sunapee and Okemo are included with no date restrictions – perfect for spending the holiday at one of these resorts. There are also no date restrictions for 5 consecutive days at Hakuba Valley Japan if you want to experience a ski trip overseas! This pass is also perfect for those who live near one of the small midwest and Vermont ski resorts and like to visit Colorado for the holidays or for spring break. There are no restrictions for March!


If you think you’ll only have time for 7 days of skiing but want the flexibility to go where the snow is good, the Epic 7 Day Pass might be for you. With this pass, you receive 7 unrestricted days at 24 resorts, including Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Crested Butte and Telluride plus Whistler, Canadian Rockies, California/Tahoe, Vermont, and New Hampshire. You also receive an additional 7 days to the Midwest resorts of Wilmot, Afton Alps, and Mt. Brighton, beginning at $669 for adults and $359 for kids. This is a great pass for skiers living in the Midwest who like to take one or two out-of-state ski trips throughout the season. If 7 days are too many, there is also the Epic 4 Day Pass which is the same but fewer days and a lower price rate, starting at just $439 for adults and $239 for kids.


If you just want to maximize your ski days at the best price, the Keystone/A-basin Pass might be the best option for you. This pass gives you unlimited ski days at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin but with holiday date restrictions. If you don’t want any restrictions for Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, there is the Summit Value Pass that has no blackout dates for Keystone and Arapahoe Basin and also gives you unlimited days at Breckenridge with holiday restrictions.  This is probably the pass that most of our lodging guests that visit over the holidays purchase most often. 


This year to honor the 10th Mountain Division men and women, US Armed Forces plus members of the Canadian and Australian military, while also celebrating the 10th year of the Epic Pass, there are special military passes and special prices for 2018/19 season, starting as low as $99. Vail Resorts is also donating $1 per season pass purchased to the Wounded Warrior Project. If you are active or retired military, you can get access to 14 resorts (Arapahoe Basin not included) without date restrictions with the Epic Military Pass Active/Retired. If you are a veteran, there is the Epic Military Pass Veteran which gives you access to 15 resorts with no holiday restrictions. If skiing only Keystone and Arapahoe Basin works for you, there is the Liberty Pass, starting at $269, also with no holiday restrictions. No need to leave your spouse or children at home as there are matching passes for them too. Thank you for your service!


If you are in college, there are also special prices since students are usually pinching their pennies. Check out these passes so you can take a break and enjoy some time in the high country Epic College Passes. There are also Senior Passes. 10 days at Vail, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin with no holiday restrictions are included in the Senior 10 Day Pass and also unlimited and unrestricted days at Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge with the Senior KBA Access Pass.


The holiday restrictions on the passes are 11/23 – 11/24, 12/26 – 12/31, 1/19, and 2/16 – 2/17. There are NO restrictions for March so if you are planning a long spring break trip, purchasing a pass will most definately save you money.


If you buy any of these passes before April 15th, you will receive 6 buddy passes (included with all the passes except the Epic 7 Day Pass and Epic 4 Day Pass) which gives your friends and family a set ticket price. You’ll also receive 6 Ski-With-A-Friend (SWAF) tickets which are discounted tickets but the price changes throughout the season. All passes receive 6 SWAF with the exception of the Epic 4-Day Pass, so buying early gets you the extra buddy passes! Most of these passes also give you summer walk-on access to the lifts so you can enjoy the summer views from the top of the mountain and hike down. It’s nice to be able to use the pass all year long!


With all these choices of passes, you are sure to find one that will fit your ski plans and budget. The lower level passes typically star ‘paying’ for themselves after just 3 – 4 days of skiing when compared to lift ticket window rates. Purchase now for the best price.  You won’t regret the savings on your winter 2018 – 2019 ski trip at Keystone Ski Resort!  While you’re at it, why not book your lodging now too?  SummitCove Vacation Lodging is offering some great deals on lodging for next ski season, at this season’s rates.  


How To Save Money On Lift Tickets

Everybody is always asking, “How do we get discounted lift tickets here in Keystone?!” With the price of an Adult lift ticket being sold for anywhere from $100 – $150 at the ticket window, depending on the date, I don’t blame them! There are a couple ways to save money on your upcoming ski trip lift tickets we can fill you in on.


Most people visiting Keystone have never owned a season pass and are interested in getting discounted lift tickets. The best way to ensure discounted lift tickets is by purchasing them online at least 7 days prior to your trip/first day of skiing. For a 1-day adult ski pass, you will save some and the savings go up the more days you are skiing, for a 2-day, 3-day, and so on.


When you are online, make sure to check the box “no” at the top if you will not be going to breckenridge to ski. This will also help you save money. Once you are here in Keystone, you can’t get much of a discount, unfortunately. However, there are a few kiosks in the area that you can sometimes get discounted lift tickets at IF you buy several at once, or multi-day passes and only if they are available at places like City Market or King Soopers in the Denver Area and some Ski Shops as well.


If you plan to ski more than 3 days, I highly recommend buying a season pass to save money.  If you plan on traveling to Colorado for multiple days next season I highly recommend looking into your options for season passes. You can save a ton of money by doing this.  There are quite a few pass options, with the Epic Pass being the full pass, no restrictions and valid at a multitude of resorts in Colorado, California and more.  The Keystone-Arapahoe Basin Pass is a great value, but may not be useful if you are planning on visiting during the holidays, as there are some holiday blackout dates.


I hope this information helps and we look forward to seeing you out on the slopes!  Book your ski lodging at Keystone with SummitCove and enjoy the best rates and property selections in the area!


3 Free Ski Passes with Your Stay: Keystone’s Hidden Secret

If you have ever planned a ski vacation, you probably already know how expensive lift tickets can be.  Our advice is usually to try and buy a season pass if you can, but when that’s not an option, you might have to search for deals on Keystone lift tickets.


Discount lift tickets can be hard to come by.  We want to clue you in on how to get 3 free lift tickets for each day of your Keystone ski vacation.  Ready for it? All you have to do is book a reservation at the Keystone Brom House #48.  And that’s it! Every reservation booked at this unique, one of a kind property in Keystone comes with 3 daily Keystone Resort medallions which can be used every day of your stay, even for night skiing when the mountain is open.   This awesome property has the very best views in Keystone, overlooking the front side of Dercum Mountain and River Run Village.  When staying at this great home you’ll enjoy amenities such as a large deck, wood stove, a private garage, comfortable furnishings and like we’ve already mentioned, the free ski passes. There is no catch – this property comes with 3 ski passes for the duration of your stay, saving you close to $450 a day, depending on when you visit.  These passes can also be used for free scenic gondola rides in the summer months.  When you check-in for your stay at SummitCove, our front desk agents will provide you with the lift passes, which will be available starting at 4pm on check-in day, perfect to head out for night skiing. You can use the passes each day and even on your departure day! The passes will need to be returned by 3pm on your day of departure.

Incredible ski slope views from this private home in Keystone


You won’t find a better deal on discounted lift tickets anywhere in Keystone. Save money by booking this amazing private home for your next ski vacation getaway and enjoying the perks of free skiing!  With nightly rates starting at as low as $359 during ski season, we are practically paying you to stay here! Don’t delay – this home books up quickly during ski season, especially during prime weekends and holidays. You won’t find ski vacation deals like this on VRBO, Air B n B or Homeaway, only when you book directly with SummitCove Lodging.  You’ll also get peace of mind, 24 hour guest services and great guest deals when you stay with us.  Book your stay at the Keystone Brom House #48.


Save on Lift Tickets, Get the Keystone / A-Basin Ski Pass for Just $329

Finding discounted lift tickets for any Vail Resorts-operated ski mountain can prove to be a difficult task. Sites like Liftopia don’t tend to have deals for these resorts, such as Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail and A-Basin, so you may have to look for other opportunities to save on your ski vacation lift tickets.

One of the best deals out there is to buy a season pass.  Typically, purchasing a season pass will pay for itself after 3 – 5 days of skiing or riding, depending which pass you go with.  If you are heading to Keystone this winter, you should most definately look into getting the Keystone / A-Basin season pass.  It is currently on sale for just $329 and offers mostly unlimited skiing and riding, with a few holiday blackout dates at both mountains.  Although this pass might not work for you if you are visiting during Thanksgiving or Christmas break, there are relatively few blackout dates and this one will pay for itself after 3 uses. Even if you are here during those dates, you will have access to half-price tickets at Keystone and $20 off the window at Arapahoe Basin during blackout dates.  Keystone and Arapahoe Basin are restricted: 11/25/16–11/26/16, 12/26/16–12/31/16, 1/14/17, 2/18/17–2/19/17.  You’ll also get 6 ‘Ski-With-A-Friend’ tickets that offer varying discounts for your friends or family at the ticket window. 

Another great option is the Keystone / Arapahoe Basin 4-pack.  This option has the same blackout dates as the season pass, but offers 4 days outside of those dates for just $199.

If you are visiting the mountains during peak time periods, you might want to upgrade to the Summit Value Pass.  This season pass offers unlimited, no blackout date skiing or riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin all season as well as restricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge for the 2016 – 2017 ski season.  The only blackout dates are seen at Breckenridge, which is restricted from 11/25/16–11/26/16, 12/26/16–12/31/16, 1/14/17, 2/18/17–2/19/17. This pass is currently going for $529 and will pay for itself in 4 – 5 days depending when you visit.  All season pass prices are guaranteed through October 9, 2016 , and after that they will likely go up in price between $20 – $50.  Season passes are only typically available for purchase through early November, so it’s important to get yours now if you are planning on it.

If you decide a season pass isn’t for you, then your next best option is to buy in advance. If you purchase your lift tickets 7 days or more in advance, online, you will receive up to 25% off the prices you would pay at the ticket window.  We always encourage and remind our guests to reserve everything in advance… lift tickets, ski rentals, rental cars or airport shuttles, etc.  You will undoubtedly receive the best rates, selection and ensure availability when you book as far in advance as possible.  This goes for your lodging as well.  Pre-season lodging sales encourage guests to book now before rates go up and selection goes down.  We are currently already at just about 50% occupancy for holiday times, particularly the week of Christmas to New Year’s.  Ski shops do tend to run out of equipment at these high times and shuttles fill up.  Check your SummitCove lodging confirmation for the link to your Keystone to Keystone coupon book which offers incredible deals on your activities, ski rentals, rental cars, airport shuttles and more.

There are plenty of ways to save on your next ski vacation, the trick is to plan early and book or buy in advance.  Perhaps you might want to plan TWO trips to Keystone this year instead of one, to get the best bang for your buck if you purchase a season pass.  Try planning your second trip during a less busy time period… avoid Christmas, Spring Break and any 3-day weekend. The first weekend in December, the second weekend of January, mid-week stays and early April all tend to be a great time to visit, with fewer crowds and inexpensive lodging options. Join the SummitCove newsletter to get great lodging deals emailed to you. Don’t forget- we also offer our return guests a standard discount of up to 10% off regular rates every time you stay with us.


Early Epic Season Pass Purchase for $49 Down

Even with the current season still underway, skiers are already looking for the best deals for next year! By purchasing your Epic Ski Pass for 2015 – 2016 now, you’ll get all sorts of great perks leading up to next winter, as well as the best price!

If you purchase your 2015 – 16 Epic Pass before April 12th, you’ll automatically receive 6 Buddy Tickets and 6 Ski with a Friend Tickets. Both of these ticket options allow you to purchase discounted tickets for friends and family, well below the ticket window price, throughout the season. When you purchase an Epic Pass, you get unlimited access to all Vail Resorts owned mountains, which includes locations in Colorado, Utah, and California, just to name a few!  Australia was also just recently added to the mix if you are looking to plan a trip down under at Perisher Resort in Australia!With only a $49 down payment required on the Epic Pass for next season, you’ll also get mountain access scenic chairlift rides all summer long! The remaining balance will be auto-billed in mid-September.

There are a variety of season pass options available ranging from the full, unlimited Epic Pass down to the Keystone A-Basin Pass.  The Keystone A-Basin pass is a great option for visitors as it offers unlimited access to Keystone Resort and Arapahoe Basin, starting at just $299 if you buy it now.  If you are planning a longer vacation or multiple visits next season, a season pass might be your best option. This option pays itself off after just 3 days of skiing or riding!

To take advantage of this great deal, visit the Epic Pass website.

Written By: Lauren Smith

Kids Ski Free at Arapahoe Basin This November & December

If you are looking for a good time to visit the mountains this year with your family, you want might to take advantage of the Kids Ski Free Program at Arapahoe Basin!  In an effort to push youth into the sport and promote skiing and riding to the younger generations, Arapahoe Basin is offering free lift tickets to youth ages 14 and younger from November 30 til December 19, 2014. 

The program is almost too good to be true, since there are no lodging requirements and no adult pass purchase required, it’s just plain and simple: kids ski free.  This is a great time to bring your kids out for multiple days on the mountain to really progress their skills and get them comfortable on their skis or snowboard without breaking the bank.

Arapahoe Basin will also be offering discounted lessons during this time, with $10 off all class-style ski and snowboard lessons at the A-Basin Snowsports School. Lessons are one of the best ways to kick-start your child’s skiing or riding and can also be a great way to bring them up to the next level if they already know the basics or want to work on specific skills.

All you need to do to get your FREE kids tickets is to stop by the A-Basin ticket window with your child.  You’ll need to get a new paper ticket every day that you wish to get on the mountain.  Adults without a season pass might want to purchase an Elevation 4-Pack, which offers four days at Arapahoe Basin during the 2014-15 season with no blackout dates for just $129, an incredible value at about $32 a day.  Additional days can be purchased for just $59.

2014 – 2015 Season Ski Passes Are On Sale Now for Keystone & Vail Resorts

Buy your season pass for next winter’s ski season on Snow.Com before April 13th, 2014 for just $49 down to lock in the best price and best pass benefits. There are quite a few different pass options available, but most of the passes pay for themselves after just 3 – 7 days of skiing or riding. Even if you are an out-of-towner it is still a good idea to consider purchasing a season pass as it will likely end up being cheaper than daily window lift tickets in the long run.

Epic Pass – $729
This pass is completely unrestricted with no blackout dates at some of the best Colorado Ski Resorts- Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek.  It also includes access to a host of other resorts across the country like Canyons in Utah, a few California Resorts including Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood, as well as Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in the lower peninsula of Michigan.  If you’d like to travel to another country to experience worldly powder, the Epic Pass now also includes 5 consecutive days at Niseko United in Japan and up to 5 consecutive days at Verbier in Switzerland and 3 Vallees in France when you stay in Vail Resort’s exclusive lodging.  This pass also includes 6 buddy tickets, 6 ski with a friend tickets, and unlimited summer time foot passenger lift access when purchased before 4/13/14.

Epic Local Pass – $549
The Epic Local Pass is a great deal for those who want to spend multiple days at various resorts. This pass features unrestricted skiing or riding at all of the Colorado, Minnesota, and Michigan Vail Resorts including Breckenridge, Keystone, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Arapahoe Basin. It also includes limited restriction days at Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar & Kirkwood and a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with holiday blackout dates.

Summit Value Pass – $469
For those who will exclusively be skiing at the Summit Resorts, Keystone, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin, this is the pass for you.  The only restrictions on this pass are a few Holiday blackout dates at Breckenridge!  You also receive half price discount lift tickets should you want to visit Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.

Keystone / A-Basin Pass – $289
We highly recommend this pass for anyone visiting Keystone this winter for a vacation.  This pass will pay for itself after about 3 days of skiing, which makes it perfect for anyone visiting Keystone next winter!  Daily lift tickets vary by dates and season, but they typically range from $80 – $110 at Keystone Resort so we highly urge guests to think about purchasing this pass instead of daily tickets!  This pass does have a few Holiday Blackouts, 11/28/14-11/29/14, 12/26/14/-12/31/14, 1/17/15, 2/14/15-2/15/15, but discounted tickets are available to pass holders during these times. If you vacation at Keystone Resort mostly during the Holidays, you might want to instead consider the Summit Value Pass to avoid the blackout dates.

Now is the time to start thinking about your plans for next ski season!  Remember, season passes are only available for a limited time, typically until mid-November, so it is important to start thinking about your options BEFORE you arrive in Keystone for your winter ski vacation!  Pass prices tend to rise the longer you wait, so fight procrastination and buy early; your wallet will thank you in the end!  The same goes for lodging! Reserve your lodging early to get the best property selections and lock-in a great deal at this season’s rates!

$79 Lift Tickets at Keystone Resort Until 1/16

Purchase your lift tickets this week one day in advance online and save up to 27%!  Now through January 16, Keystone Lift Tickets are just $79 when you buy at least one day in advance.  Keystone Resort has received 16 inches of snow in the past week so the conditions have been spectacular!

Whenever you are looking for lift tickets, it is usually always best to buy them online at least 7 days in advance for the best deal.  You also have the option to purchase multi-day tickets that will allow you to ski or ride a certain number of days with an included off day, such as skiing 5 of 7 days.  And of course the more days you ski, the better the deal.  Purchasing online in advance will always get you a better price than paying at the ticket window. Don’t forget, your Keystone Lift Ticket also includes night skiing at Keystone Resort! 

To sweeten the deal, SummitCove Lodging is also offering 15% off pre-MLK weekend stays until January 16, 2014! Get out and enjoy all of the fresh snow and get deals!

Colorado Gems Cards Offer 2 for 1 Lift Tickets at Colorado Ski Resorts

If you haven’t purchased a season pass this year, you might want to consider purchasing a Colorado Gems Card.  This 2013 – 2014 Gems card is available for purchase for just $20 and offers one use for BOGO lift tickets at participating resorts, include Arapahoe Basin and Loveland.  Only 5,000 of these special passes are sold each season and once they are gone, they’re gone!   This is a great deal for those who are looking to explore various Colorado Ski Resorts this season!