Season pass prices drop

Ski Corp. offers adult season passes for $879; cutoff is June 1

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Season pass prices

- Through June 1

Adult ages 18 to 69: $879

Teen ages 13 to 17: $479

Child ages 6 to 12*: $269

Senior 70 or older: $349

Upgrade to add Copper Mountain and Winter Park: $40

- June 2 through Aug. 14

Adult: $999

Teen: $539

Child*: $299

Senior: $429

Upgrade: $60

- Aug. 15 through Nov. 20

Adult: $1,199

Teen: $639

Child*: $389

Senior: $519

Upgrade: $60

- After Nov. 20

Adult: $1,299

Teen: $669

Child*: $469

Senior: $599

Upgrade: $75

*Children 12 and younger ski free if a parent or guardian buys a season pass

Passes are available at www.steamboat.com... or through Steamboat Central Reservations, 877-276-2628.

Source: Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is offering adult season ski passes for $100 cheaper than last year's lowest rate.

Adults who pick up a 2009-10 pass through June 1 will pay $879, compared with $979 for those who bought by Aug. 15 last year. Early buyers also are eligible to buy four $50 lift tickets throughout the season. Upgrading to an Ultimate Pass, which includes Copper Mountain and Winter Park, costs $40 through June 1.

The prices are the resort's lowest in nearly a decade, according to a news release.

"We're very aware that people are looking for value, and with the tough economic times, we want to make sure we're affordable and continue to be affordable and continue to provide a great value to our season pass holders," said Rob Perlman, vice president of sales and marketing for Ski Corp.

The company also will allow people to buy the lowest-price passes by putting down a $100 deposit by June 1. The balance will be due by Oct. 1. Merchant passes will be available at the lower price for businesses that participate in Fly Steamboat.

Pass prices will increase June 2, when adult passes will be available for $999 until Aug. 14, $20 more than last year for that time frame. However, Ski Corp. cut prices for adult ski passes bought after Aug. 14.

From Aug. 15 to Nov. 20, for example, an adult pass will cost $1,199. A comparable pass cost $1,329 for the 2008-09 season. A regular season pass will be $1,299, down from $1,569 last year. Child, teen and senior prices vary throughout those time frames compared with last year.

Children 12 and younger still can ski free if a parent or guardian buys a season pass.

This year, Steamboat Springs is joining Copper Mountain and Winter Park, other resorts run by Intrawest, to provide discounted lift tickets to season pass holders who take advantage of the pre-season rate. Early buyers will be allowed four $50 tickets for the season, which they can redeem anytime, Perlman said. Individual lift tickets typically cost about $90.

"We listen to our customers, we listen to our guests," Perlman said. "We listened to our season pass holders, and one of the benefits our competitors offer is an opportunity to show off their mountain. We thought this year we would add value by allowing our season pass holders to show off their mountain and do it at a lower price."

Steamboat's 2009-10 season is expected to run from Nov. 25 to April 11, 2010.

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