Season ski passes on sale

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Jerry Watson, right, purchases his season ski pass from Steamboat Ski Area employee Morgan McDougald in the main ticket office Wednesday. Residents have until Aug. 15 to buy season passes at the discounted rate.

— It's hard to think about winter when the thermometer reads 85 degrees. But snow and skiing aren't far away.

The Steamboat Ski Area has begun selling season passes for the 2007-08 season. Prices on all varieties of ski passes will increase beginning Aug. 16.

An unrestricted season pass to the Steamboat Ski Area costs $949 for adults. The price jumps to $1,294 on Aug. 16. Likewise, the cost of a Rocky Mountain Ultimate Pass, which includes unrestricted skiing at Steamboat, Winter Park and Copper Mountain, costs $999 until Aug. 16, when it increases to $1,344.

For each adult pass purchased, pass holders can receive one child's pass for free.

"I think it's a great value in Steamboat for a season pass," said Mike Lane, spokesman for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. "For a destination resort, under $1,000 is a great deal."

"The pricing is primarily the biggest benefit you'll get for buying early," Lane said. "If you purchase it now, that's the best price available for passes."

Super Value Passes range in price from $499 for 10 days of skiing to $769 for 20 days of skiing.

Prices on all passes will increase again in November.

Passes can be purchased online at www.steamboat.com/seasonpass, by telephone at 871-5252, or in person at the main ticket office in Gondola Square.

Passholders and patrons can look forward to $16 million in on-mountain improvements for the upcoming season, including the new Christie Peak Express lift.

Lane said along with the continuing regrading of Headwall, crews have poured concrete at the upper terminal for the Christie Peak Express lift. He said crews should begin pouring concrete at the midstation next week before moving to the bottom station by early August.

Culvert work in the Burgess Creek area as well as the work on the primary lines for snowmaking also are under way.

"Things are progressing, and crews are working hard," Lane said about the seven-days-a-week construction project. "Things are moving as planned."

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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