You’ve Only Got 7 More Days to Buy a Season Pass!

If you have been on the fence about weather or not to purchase a season pass for the upcoming ski season, your time is running out, FAST!  Keystone Resort and all Epic brand season passes are only on sale through next Sunday, November 18, 2018.


You may wonder, is it really worth it to buy a season pass?  The answer is different for everyone, but a general rule of thumb is that if you are skiing or snowboarding 4 days or more this snow season, you might be better off purchasing a season pass rather than lift tickets.  Lift tickets tend to run over $100 a day for adults and prices vary based on when you visit.  If you are buying lift tickets, it is always a better value to purchase them online at least 7 days prior to you visit, instead of waiting to buy at the ticket window.  Purchasing online in advance can save you up to 25% on lift tickets at Keystone Resort or any ‘Epic’ Vail Resort.


The most affordable Season Pass option is the Keystone A-Basin pass which offers unlimited skiing and riding at both resorts, but with a few blackout days; 11/23/18 & 11/24/18, 12/26/18 – 12/31/18, 1/19/19, 2/16/19 & 2/17/19.  This pass is currently $389 for adults and $289 for kids.  If you want to add Breckenridge into the mix, look at the Summit Value Pass, which has totally blackout free skiing and riding at Keystone and A-Basin dates, but the holiday restricted dates listed above apply at just Breckenridge Ski Resort.  Otherwise you can ski as much as you want between the 3 resorts, minus the Breckenridge Blackout dates.  This would be a great option to go with if you are visiting during any of the holiday time periods such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, MLK or President’s Day Three-Day Weekends. The Summit Value Pass is currently $579 for adults, $469 for Teens ages 13 – 18 and $339 for kids ages 5-12.  Another benefit included with season passes are the 6 ‘Ski With A Friend’ (SWAF) Tickets that get loaded onto your pass, which are valid for discounted tickets at varying prices throughout the season.  These would be great if you have someone traveling with you that didn’t purchase a season pass but would like access to discounted lift tickets.


If you are in the military,  you have an even sweeter offer this year for the 10 year Epic Pass Anniversary, with highly discounted Epic Passes for Military Members.  The Epic Military Pass starts at $149 for active and retired members and there is a $549 pass option for veterans.


If you do decide that a season pass in the best option for you this ski season, be sure to purchase one online on or before November 18.  Take care of it all and purchase lodging at the same time.  SummitCove Lodging in Keystone offers competitive rates and 24/7 guest services for your upcoming ski vacation.  View our ski lodging rentals now.

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.

Epic Perks for Military Members for 2018 – 2019 Ski Season

The Epic Pass is having it’s 10 year Anniversary this year! It has been 10 years since Vail dramatically brought down the price for a season pass so more skiers could afford to enjoy access to 5 Colorado resorts: Vail, Keystone, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Arapahoe Basin. To celebrate, Vail Resorts is honoring the military. Vail Resorts has chosen to go back to its roots and recognize how the military played a part in the development of Vail Mountain. Former World War II 10th Mountain Division veteran Pete Seibert and Earl Eaton, an Army engineer and a local rancher who helped build Camp Hale (camp for the 10th Mountain Division located just west of Vail), founded Vail Ski Resort in 1962. The 10th Mountain Division members had a significant impact in developing the ski resorts in North America by their desire to share their love of the mountains with others. The Epic Pass also has expanded the ability for more skiers to be able to access and enjoy this sport.


To honor the 10th Mountain Division’s legacy and to give back to all the men and women of the Armed Forces, Vail Resorts is offering 3 different Military Passes. One is for active and retired military members. These passes will only be $99 for those members and their spouses and dependent children. It gives unlimited and unrestricted skiing at 14 different resorts; Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, Stowe, Wilmot, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and it also includes Perisher in Australia for the 2018 / 2019 ski season. If you are a veteran of the military, there is a discounted pass for $499 for the member and their spouses and dependent children. This gives unlimited unrestricted skiing at 15 different resorts, including Arapahoe Basin. The last pass is the Liberty Pass which is unlimited and unrestricted skiing at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin for just $269. In addition to the season passes, Vail resorts will donate $1 for every season pass sold to the Wounded Warriors Project.


All the military passes include Keystone Resort, located in beautiful Summit County, Colorado, one of the closest ski resorts to the Front Range and Denver International Airport. SummitCove Lodging in Keystone also gives back to the military by offering a military discount. You can find a great place to stay either in River Run Village, walking distance to the gondola, shops, and restaurants, or a townhome tucked away in peaceful East Keystone.  Like the members of the Armed Forces, SummitCove strives to give our best. We offer a wide variety of properties all within Keystone Resort and have vacation planners available to help you make the right choice for your family or group. We can offer advice on where to rent skis, the best restaurants to go to, and other activities in the area.


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.  


Keystone A-Basin Season Pass Offers A Great Value

If you are heading out to Keystone anytime this winter, at some point you will need to think about purchasing lift tickets or a season pass.  What many people don’t realize is that sometimes a season pass can be a better value, even for a person who doesn’t live here, than buying daily lift tickets.


When you crunch the numbers and look into season pass options, many of the passes pay for themselves after just 4 – 7 days of skiing or riding.  If you plan on skiing more than just a few days this season you should certainly consider this option.  Perhaps you can visit and take two trips instead of one to make it worthwhile.  If you are able to take a long weekend during non-peak holiday and steer clear of school breaks, you can also find some great deals on your Keystone lodging.


One of the best values available for Keystone Resort is the Keystone Arapahoe Basin Season Pass.  This pass is currently just $359 and offers almost unlimited skiing and riding at both Keystone and Arapahoe Basin.  The only blackout dates on this pass are prime Holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas to New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day weekend.  Here are the specific blackout dates:

11/ 24 – 11/25, 2017

12/26 – 12/ 31, 2017

1/ 13, 2018

2/ 17 – 2/18, 2018


The next pass up is the Summit Value Pass, currently at $549 which offers 3 mountains- Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, and Breckenridge, with unlimited access at Keystone and A-Basin and restricted days at Breck.  This is the perfect option if you are planning on being here over the holidays.


Season passes are only available for a limited time and prices typically rise the longer you wait to purchase.  Do your research and you will see that season passes at Keystone ski resort are a great deal, especially if you plan on skiing or riding multiple days or have more than one ski vacation planned for the 2017 / 2018 ski season.



Keystone Season Pass Prices Increase 9/7/2017

If you are planning to purchase a season pass for the 2017 / 2018 ski season, you might want to add that to today’s to-do list.  Season pass prices are going up tomorrow, Monday, September 4, 2017.


Not ready to commit to a season pass?  How about a Keystone / A-Basin 4 pack? This pass gives you 4 days at a combination of both resorts to use as you wish, with a few restricted holiday dates from 11/24 – 11/25, 12/26 – 12/31, 1/13, and 2/17 – 2/18.  This 4-pack is currently going for just $209, bringing the daily rate down to just $52.25 per day!  When average ticket prices topping out at over $100, sometimes close to $150, this is 50% off the ticket window rates!


Other pass options at Keystone include the Keystone/ A-Basin Season Pass, the Summit Value Pass, the Epic Local Pass and the Epic pass.  If you are planning on skiing more than 3 days this ski season, you should probably consider a season pass.  Make sure you review the holiday restricted pass before you buy.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you! Save money by purchasing your season pass today.

Keystone and Vail Resorts Season Epic Passes Prices Go Up on September 4!

We are lucky here in Colorado to have so many amazing ski resorts at our fingertips.  We are even luckier to have season pass options available that allow us to go to multiple resorts each season all on the same ski pass at very affordable prices.


Vail Resorts offers a wide variety of pass options to allow you to choose the one that best suits your needs based on when you’ll be skiing and how often.  The least expensive option is the Keystone – Arapahoe Basin pass which offers unlimited skiing or riding at Keystone and A-Basin with a few holiday restrictions, 11/24/17 – 11/25/17, 12/26/17 – 12/31/17, 1/13/18, 2/17/18 – 2/18/18.  This pass is currently going for just $349 for adults and $259 for kids.  This pass pays for itself after 3 – 4 days on the mountain!  The next option up adds Breckenridge Ski Resort to the mix, with the Summit Value Pass.  It has the same date restrictions and is running at $529 for adults, $429 for teens ages 13 – 18 and $299 for kids ages 5 – 12.  This pass will pay for itself after 4 – 5 days out on the ski slopes.

If your ski trip is happening over the holidays, you visit the mountains often or even if you are just planning multiple ski trips this winter, you may want to consider the Epic Local or full Epic passes.  The prices on these are higher, but they include the most resorts and have few to no restrictions on the days you can ski. Resorts on these passes in the Summit County and surrounding areas, include Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Vail and Beaver Creek.  You can also visit other areas, such as Tahoe, Whistler-Blackcomb and Afton Alps or even other countries like Austria, France and Switzerland.  Currently the adult Epic Local is $639 and the adult Epic is $859.


We highly recommend purchasing season passes if you plan on skiing or riding more than 3 days this ski season. 2017 / 2018 Ski Season Pass prices will be going up on September 4, so be sure to purchase yours before then.  Passes aren’t on sale for the whole season either, they are typically only available until sometime around the end of November or early December so if you are thinking about buying one, why not do it now at the lower rate?  Ticket window rates vary depending on the date and which resort you are at, but at Keystone they can vary anywhere from $99 to over $150.  If you are purchasing single day tickets, you can guarantee on the best rate by purchasing those at least 7 days in advance online.


The same goes for your lodging! Reserve your ski season lodging now to get the best rates and selection.  SummitCove is currently offering 10% off advance ski-season lodging.  Call one of our vacation planners at (970) 368-7023 to reserve a ski condo.


Verbier, Switzerland Added to the Epic Pass!

Looking to take your skiing or riding skills abroad this winter?  Your Vail Resorts Epic Pass now offers passholders THREE DAYS at Verbier Resort, Switzerland, including the 4 Vallées! The “4Vallées” ski area connects the resorts of Verbier, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, and Thyon. Comprised of 92 lifts and 412km of ski runs, Verbier is the largest ski area located entirely in Switzerland. Coming together at the top of the Mont-Fort Glacier (10,925 feet), Verbier and the entire Les 4 Vallées ski area is a winter sports enthusiasts dream; offering a wide variety of terrain ranging from beginner to expert. Now, current and new Vail Resorts Epic Pass holders can access all of this terrain for $679, as well as unlimited, unrestricted skiing at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood and Arapahoe Basin. There are no blackout dates on your days at Verbier- just show them your pass at the ticket window!

For those visiting Keystone Resort this winter vacation, it is a good idea to look into purchasing a season pass.  Discount lift tickets can be hard to come by and getting a season pass will certainly save you money in the long run. The Summit Value Pass is available for just $439 and pays for itself after just 4 days of skiing.  It may even be a reason to come back out to Colorado for a second or third vacation during the ski season! Most passes even include a limited number of ‘Buddy Tickets’ that offer discounted lift tickets for your friends and family. Be careful to check for blackout dates before you buy!

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Liftopia Presents: The Mountain Collective Multi-Resort Pass

A foggy day at Keystone Resort

Four legendary ski areas are coming together under one extraordinary pass. Brought to you exclusively by Liftopia, the Mountain Collective is a ground-breaking collaboration between Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. Experience the ultimate winter with two free days at each mountain listed, plus each pass holder receives unlimited 50% off lift tickets. With the Mountain Collective, it’s now possible for passionate skiers and riders to claim thousands of vertical feet and chase ideal winter conditions across Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and California. Passes are on sale now for just $349 and $229 for children.

Want to ski or ride multiple resorts without having to travel far and wide, state to state or across the country?!  Keystone Resort is located in scenic Summit County, Colorado, which is home to SEVEN ski resorts within a 40 mile radius.  Purchase an EPIC Season Pass and receive unlimited access to Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, and Beaver Creek- let’s not forget their west coast resorts Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood. For $659, pass holders get unlimited access to all of these resorts- no blackout dates and in addition they receive 6 Ski with a Friend Passes.  Keystone Resort is centrally located in the middle of it all; just a short drive from Arapahoe Basin and Breckenridge, and with Vail and Beaver Creek just another 30 miles down the highway, it’s the perfect place to host your Colorado ski vacation!

Vail Resorts Announces May 28th Deadline for Lowest Ski Pass Prices

Vail Resorts released an announcement to remind skiers and snowboarders that the lowest prices and spring benefits will end after May 28th when purchasing season passes.  Purchases currently only require $49 down until the deadline.  The remaining balance would be charged in mid-September.  Passes allow for access to Keystone Resort, and depending on the pass also allow for use at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.   Some passes also include other resorts out of state at Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood.  Here’s a run-down of all of the options for 2012/2013 season passes:

Epic Pass: This pass is $659 for adults and $339, and offers unlimited access to Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.

Epic 7 Day Pass: Adult passes are $509 and children’s tickets are $259, and offer 7 unrestricted tickets at Keystone, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.

Epic Local Pass: Priced at $509 for adults, $389 for teens, and $259 for children, this pass offers unlimited skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin, along with limited restrictions at Heavenly, Northstar, and Kirkwood.  10 restricted days will also be available for use at Vail or Beaver Creek along with discount options at other resorts.

Summit Value Pass: Adult prices are $419, for teens $329, and $209 for children for unlimited skiing and riding at Keystone and Arapahoe Basin along with limited restrictions at Breckenridge

SummitCove is proud to be your lodging provider when you visit Summit County this ski season!  We are currently accepting early reservations for the winter season.