Prices for 2008-09 ski passes increase after Friday

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Steamboat Ski Area season passes

Through Friday

Senior (70 and older): $349

Adult (18-69): $979

Teen (13-17): $529

Child (6-12): $289

After Friday but before Nov. 15

Senior: $419

Adult: $1,329

Teen: $629

Child: $379

After Nov. 15

Senior: $509

Adult: $1,569

Teen: $659

Child: $459

Buy or renew a pass by calling 871-5252 or 800-922-2722 or visiting www.steamboat.com...

— The deadline to buy ski passes at the season's lowest rate is Friday. After that, prices increase by as much as $350 for an adult.

Prices for unlimited privileges on the slopes at the Steamboat Ski Area range from $289 for a child to $979 for an adult. For $75 more, pass holders can get a season pass for Winter Park and Copper Mountain. Ten-, 15- and 20-day passes also are available.

"There's lots of different ways people can buy or renew their season pass," said Heidi Thomsen, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman. "Probably the easiest way we recommend is to go online and do it at steamboat.com."

People who are interested also can buy passes at the ticket office in Gondola Square, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Passes also can be bought over the phone.

The ski area opens with scholarship day Nov. 26, and the last day of operations next season will be April 12, 2009.

Ski Corp. also is pushing its ski season promotions. Those include the Kids Fly Free and the Bags Fly Free programs.

Through the program for children, when a parent buys at least two nights of lodging, lift tickets and round-trip plane tickets on United Airlines, a child age 12 or younger flies free. The package is available to people traveling midweek from Dec. 2 to 12 and then again from Jan. 6 to Feb. 12, according to a news release.

The package is not available on all flights, the release stated.

The baggage program is new this season. Several airlines now are charging customers to check a second, or even a first, piece of luggage. Ski Corp. officials have said they aim to alleviate that burden with the promotion. The company is partnering with American Express to offer $25 gift cards to pay for checked baggage.

Visitors who want to participate in the deal must book an Early Rewards air-inclusive package through Steamboat Central Reservations between Friday and Nov. 3, according to a news release.

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