Steamboat riders have alternative option to Pure Pass

Super Pass Plus offers unlimited days at Winter Park, Copper

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To purchase a Rocky Mountain Super Pass, visit www.skicolorado.com through April 10. Call 970-726-1423 for information.

— Skiers and snowboarders thinking about purchasing a six-day Pure Pass from the Steamboat Ski Area for the 2011-12 ski season have another option to weigh.

Steamboat Ski Area spokesman Mike Lane confirmed that skiers and riders also can purchase six days of snow fun at Steamboat by purchasing the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus from Winter Park.

The six-day Pure Pass at Steamboat is priced at $429 through June 1 and includes the option to purchase additional daily lift tickets at Steamboat for $39. The Super Pass is priced at $409 through April 10 and includes unrestricted skiing and riding at Winter Park and Copper Mountain in addition to six days at Steamboat. However, the Super Pass doesn’t allow the purchase of extra days at Steamboat.

“I think the big thing is giving people a choice,” Lane said. “You can choose the right pass to suit you. We want to provide options and flexibility for folks. We’ve had a lot of powder days, and if you intend to do your skiing in Steamboat, the Pure Pass allows you to make the most of those powder days here.”

Steamboat skiers and riders also will want to weigh the benefits of the $719, 15-day Pure Pass, which also includes the ability to add days for $39. And parents (or legal guardians) have to take into account the availability of a free season pass for children 12 and younger with the purchase of an adult season pass at Steamboat.

Interested skiers can use a credit card to lock in a Super Pass over the phone, in person, at Front Range Christy Sports stores or online for $49, with the balance due in mid-September, Lane said. In the case of the Pure Pass, purchasers will need to put down a deposit of $99 by June 1 and pay the balance by Sept. 15.

One subset of customers who might find the Super Pass option appealing is college students on the Front Range who grew up skiing in Steamboat and want to ski a few weekends on their home mountain. The Super Pass, at $319 for college students, provides the option to ski closer to campus at Winter Park or Copper Mountain throughout winter.

Steamboat has a season pass for college students who want to spend all of their ski days on Mount Werner for $689, Lane said.

There also are teen ($389), youth ($219) and senior (70 and older for $219) Super Passes.

Steamboat did not promote the Rocky Mountain Super Pass in its press release announcing 2011-12 season passes. However, purchasers of Steamboat season passes (adult passes cost $929 through June 1) also may purchase an unlimited Winter Park add-on for $75.

Purchasers of the Rocky Mountain Super Pass cannot pick them up at the Steamboat ticket windows. A likely scenario is that they would pick them up and ski at Copper Mountain in November before Steamboat opens.

No matter what option skiers and riders settle on, Lane said, ski season 2011-12 will be stretched out to 144 days, almost a week longer than the 2010-11 season. The ski area opens Nov. 23 for Scholarship Day, and the last day of skiing is April 15, 2012.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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