The hottest deals on the western slopes

Skiing is a winter necessity for some locals and we’ve scoured the slopes looking for the best deals in western Colorado. Get your calendars out and get ready to write down dates for the best deals and figure out how you’ll visit more resorts this winter.

Crested Butte

We listed this mountain first because this deal is a limited time offer available only during the early season. In honor of Crested Butte’s 50th anniversary, the resort is offering the 50/50 Package between Nov. 23 and Dec. 16. When booked through Crested Butte Mountain Resort Vacations, skiers can get half-price lift tickets (that’s only $29.50) and a room at the resort for $50 per person, per night. Normal one-day lift tickets for the early season are $59, and prices jump to $89 starting on Dec. 17. For information call 1-800-600-2803.

Durango

Since skiing at Durango involves driving over Red Mountain Pass, why not spend the night and ski two days while you’re there? Especially since the resort has a Rocky Mountain Weekend Getaway deal, that combines two nights lodging and two lift tickets starting at $75 per person, per night. The resort has a variety of available accommodations, ranging from the luxurious to something more moderate, so prices vary. The deal is not valid through Christmas vacation or spring break.

Telluride

The best deal at Telluride is also a stay and play package that offers two nights of lodging and two days of skiing for $99 per person, per night.  This deal is also restricted to specific dates, from Nov. 23 to Dec. 17 and from March 20 to April 3. A single day pass at Telluride this season is $98, so the budget-minded may want to pay attention to the stay and ski rates and dates and mark them on their calendar.

Powderhorn

Powderhorn has two new deals this winter and both are available anytime, with no restrictions or blackout dates.

The stay and ski package is $209 for two people. The package includes one night’s lodging at Wildwood Inn for two, two ski passes and dinner for two at Skier’s Union. It’s available during the holidays, weekends, weekdays, and during spring break.

The Deca Card is also new this year. It costs $150 and allows the cardholder to purchase 10 half-price lift tickets. The card can be shared between family members and used by everyone on the same day. It can be shared between friends. There are no blackouts and it’s completely transferable.

Sunlight Mountain Resort

Thanks to its location near Glenwood Springs, Sunlight can offer some good deals that include lodging, lift tickets and swimming at the hot springs. Generally the Ski, Swim, Stay deals include one night of lodging, one lift ticket and one day of swimming and prices start at about $90 per person and vary according to the type of lodging chosen.

Sunlight is sending VIP passes to Grand Junction businesses this year, which are punch cards with five discounts per card. Discounted lift prices with the VIP pass are $25 mid-week and $35 from Thursday through Sunday. Ask your employer to call Sunlight and request a VIP pass.

Sunlight also offers some zip code specific deals on their website. Grand Junction deals include $38 adult lift tickets and $30 child lift tickets any day of the week (but skiers must print off the web coupon and present it at the ticket window) and a free adult lift ticket for booking a Baylor Park Adventure snowmobile tour.

Again, the coupon must be printed and presented in order to get the discount. Neither deal is available from Dec. 26 through Jan. 2.

Don’t let the economy keep you off the slopes this winter. Make your reservations, mark your calendar and take advantage of these great deals on the Western Slope’s slopes.

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