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.  


The Next Steps: What You Need to Do After You Book Your Keystone Lodging

Whew! The hard part is done- you’ve picked that perfect vacation rental condo for your upcoming trip to Keystone Resort.  Now what? Here are some of the things you need to think about before you head out on your Keystone Ski Vacation.


Ski Rentals
There are plenty of ski rental shops located in Keystone and Summit County.  We have worked with alot of companies, but we recommend two companies in particular.  We always suggest making your reservations in advance, because they can sometimes run out of gear during peak times, like Holiday weekends or during Spring Break.


Ski Butlers is a ski & snowboard rental delivery company, meaning they come to you. Reserve your skis in advance and pick your appointment time.  They will bring all of your requested gear, plus a size up and down for you to try on in the convenience and comfort of your vacation rental condo or home. This option is especially great for larger groups, families, or anyone traveling without a vehicle on their Keystone vacation. They also are very accommodating if you ever need to switch out your gear.  You’ll  receive a discount as a SummitCove guest.


Another ski rental option we recommend for our guests is Mountain View Sports. Their rental shop is located just across the highway from the SummitCove check-in office, making it an easy stop before you head to your condo. They offer our guests a great discount and have been in business for years and have great recommendations and local’s advice. They also offer a Kids Ski Free Rental Program, where a kid’s rental (12 years old or younger) is free with an adult rental during non-peak times, see their website for the details.


Depending where you are staying at Keystone, you may not need to have a rental car or vehicle while you are here.  River Run Village is super convenient particularly for anyone without a car, because you are located in the main village with all of the shops, restaurants, gondola and plenty of activities within walking distance.  Many other properties within the resort are accessible via the free Keystone Resort Shuttle, making it easy to get around.  We work with Fresh Tracks Transportation and Summit Express for guest airport shuttles to and from DIA.  We also offer rental car discounts at the Denver Airport through Alamo.  Your vacation planner can help you setup any transportation you might need arranged.  Again, this is something you will want to reserve as far in advance as you can for the best rates and to guarantee availability.


Lift Tickets
We always recommend purchasing lift tickets online, at least 7 days in advance prior to your arrival in order to get the best rates. You’ll save even more if you are skiing multiple days. Whatever you do, try to avoid purchasing your lift tickets at the actual ticket window the day of, as you’ll pay the highest prices.


There are several options for groceries right here in Keystone, including Rockin’ Ranch in River Run, the Keystone gas station and convenience store, as well as Gateway Grocery and Liquors located in the same complex as the SummitCove check-in office. The Gateway Grocery also deliveries groceries, which can be a big time-saver or crucial if you don’t have a car during your visit! If you are planning on buying alot of groceries, we recommend doing your shopping before you get to Keystone. Just off of the Silverthorne exit from I-70, on your way to Keystone is a City Market grocery as well as a Super Target.  It is about a 7 mile drive to Keystone from here, so it’s best to do it before you get here to avoid backtracking.


Activities & Dining
Depending when you are traveling, you may or may not need to make activity and dining reservations. During peak times, it can be difficult to get a tubing reservation or a dining reservation, so that is when you might want to make those in advance.  Otherwise, we suggest making a reservation for the top 2 or 3 activities or restaurants you want to try and then let the rest fall in place. You might want to wait for a sunny day to go ice skating or spend a day inside if the weather is bad, so having some flexibility in your plans is key.  Sleigh rides, snowmobiling, dog-sledding and tubing are some of the kinds of activities that you might want to consider making reservations for.

Winter Snowmobiling with White Mountain Tours



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!


Keystone Resort Visitors’ Late Spring Lift Ticket Options

Keystone and Summit County skiers and snowboarders on a quest for affordable lift tickets still have a few options this season.   We have rounded up a list of  lift ticket prices during the remainder of the season at Summit County resorts including Keystone, Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain, and Breckenridge.

At SummitCove, we recommend that non-pass holders check with Liftopia.com for advance ticket purchases.  It is usually possible to save a couple of dollars by heading to a grocery store on your way to Keystone.  We have also discovered that lift tickets are sold at Walmart.  The most recent prices that have been posted range from $103 for a 1-day Breckenridge and Keystone lift ticket to $494 for a 6 day lift ticket.  Children’s pricing starts at $59 and goes up to $240 for the 6-day option.  Discounted prices are also available for nearby Copper Mountain Resort.

Arapahoe Basin is also offering a perfect option for discounts with he Spring 3 Pass, which is on sale through April 17, 2012.  The pass is valid for 3 days of skiing or riding at Arapahoe Basin ski area through the rest of the 2011/2012 season, which is tentatively scheduled through June.  If skiers or riders use more than 3 days, the pass is reloadable for $54 a day lift passes.

For details about pricing, we recommend that you call ahead to make sure that you understand the options and availability.  This could definitely be a great way to save on late season pricing.  Another great way to save is to take advantage of reduced lodging rates in March, and the SummitCove spring sale.  We are currently offering 30% off on many properties during April ski vacations to Keystone, Breckenridge, A Basin or Copper Mountain.

Contact a SummitCove Vacation Planner today for details about reserving your Keystone Resort lodging.

Arapahoe Basin Improvements for the Upcoming Ski Season!

Many folks who frequent Keystone Resort are also fans of skiing and riding at nearby Arapahoe Basin.  As ski season nears, visitors will be happy to know that A-Basin has made some improvements during the off-season.

Look for the addition of 225 brand new parking spaces for your convenience, which is excellent news for those busy days. The redeveloped parking will be an extension of the Last Chance Lot and will be maintained by the ski area, with shuttle service provided to the base of the mountain.

You may also want to visit the recently revamped online store.  Designed to be a more user friendly experience, visitors to the online store can purchase season passes, lift tickets, moonlight dinner access, beach spaces, snowsports lessons and retail products.

A-Basin remained open from October 25, 2010 through July 4 this summer, and 2011/2012 passes are currently on sale.  We’ll keep you up to date for sale dates on passes at Keystone as well!  If you know your ski vacation dates already, SummitCove is proud to offer nearby lodging when you head to Keystone or Arapahoe Basin this year.  Give us a call or click here, and let us help you plan an awesome ski vacation!