SPRING INTO SKI DEALS

Several resorts offering discounts ... and great conditions

Local snowboarder Austin Ketchum shows his pleasure with the new snow at Powderhorn Mountain Resort by jumping out of the aspen trees on Tenderfoot. The resort’s website on Thursday reported a 56-inch base.



Check out the buds on your local apricot tree and try to tell anyone in the Grand Valley it isn’t spring.

Another way to monitor the progress of the seasons is with all of the great ski deals starting to show up faster than those daffodils in your lawn.

In case you’re tired of shelling out a C-note to ski, here’s a brief rundown of where to go to grab some turns at discount prices and other fun stuff.

The best deal around

It’s gotta be either Ski Cooper, at the top of Tennessee Pass, or Monarch Mountain, which also has a pass of its own to brag about.

Copper is offering $30 Thursdays, and tickets may be purchased online at http://www.skicooper.com.

Monarch Mountain, with an 80-inch midway base, is offering a $35 lift ticket Mondays through Fridays to anyone holding a season pass from any Colorado resort.

That’s about half the price of the $69 walk-up ticket ($57 online), but you have to show your season pass in person. There are no phone or online deals for the reduced rate.

For more information, got to http://www.skimonarch.com.

Steamboat is offering its “Springalicious” $99 three-day pass, which is valid April 5-12, but decide fast. The deadline to get this deal is Monday. Go to http://www.steamboat.com for more information.

Wolf Creek’s well-known Local Appreciation Days (March 29, April 1 and 5) offers a $41 lift tickets. Or show a valid college ID and get a $41 ticket any day.

If you want the most snow

Hands down, the resorts in the southwest corner of the state are the best for bountiful snow right now. Wolf Creek is sitting on 98 inches of snow.

Meanwhile, Aspen Snowmass (http://www.aspensnowmass.com) reports 81 inches, with 43 new inches coming in the past week. Silverton (http://www.silvertonmountain.com), which says it received nearly 100 inches of snow in two weeks, is reporting a base of 80 inches.

Telluride enjoyed (or shoveled) 66 inches of snow in 11 days starting Feb. 22, and the resort’s snow depth rose from 43 inches to 71 inches as of Thursday, according to resort spokesperson Pepper Raper. Get more information at http://www.tellurideskiresort.com.

Other resorts in the 60-inch-plus range include Loveland, 61 inches; Winter Park, 62; Crested Butte, 63; Copper Mountain, 64; and Steamboat and Aspen Highlands, each with 66 inches.

Most fun and great music

No doubt, it’s the 15th annual Bud Light Spring Jam on weekends through March 29 at Aspen Snowmass.

The festival features everything from the 16th annual KickAspen Big Air (March 20), where skiers and snowboarders compete under the lights at the base of Aspen Mountain, to free Bud Light Hi-Fi Concerts, featuring Umphrey’s McGee, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and Iration. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Powderhorn Mountain Resort features music with DJ Gilbert on the Sunset Deck on Fridays and Saturdays (except March 22) through closing day on 
March 29. For more information, go to http://www.powderhorn.com.

For more information on spring ski deals around the state, go to http://www.coloradoski.com or your favorite resort website.


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